National First Division Round-Up
The opening round of the new season in the NFD had some sizzling encounters and it lived up to expectations. The first week of the second tier of South African football saw a total of fourteen goals scored with the league newcomer Maccabi FC scoring the most than any side. The most anticipated clash of the weekend was between Ajax Cape Town and Jomo Cosmos which ended in a victory for the Cape Town-based outfit.
Stellenbosch with new owners went to Royal Eagles and came back with all three points courtesy of a goal by Iqraam Rayners. The battle of the newly formed sides TS Galaxy and Cape Umoya was a one all draw that saw veteran striker Nathan Paulse score his first for the season after coming out of retirement.
We caught up with Siyabonga Dubula, the former Cape Town City Midfielder recently joined Mbombela United
” I signed my first professional contract with FC Cape Town, the owner Mr. Dicks saw me whilst I was at Chippa United’s MDC side, he was impressed with what he saw and he gave me a two-year contract.
The Delft born Midfielder put some great performances for the African Beast and it was no surprise when new kids on the block at that time Cape Town city came knocking for his signature.
“I earned myself a PSL contract with Capetown City, they bought my contract out from FC Capetown. I joined the team in mid-season during the January window, I struggled to get game time at City cause the guys that were playing my position were doing well so all I could do is learn from them and grow as a player.”
With a couple of season behind his ears, Dubula is surely experienced enough to help his side fight for a playoff position. With the midfielder making his debut for Tingwenya in a one all draw with Amatuks, he could not help his side come back with all three but a point away from home is better than nothing.
” Now that I’m signed with Mbombela United I will work hard and help the team with its goal of getting the team to PSL this season. I’m grateful to coach Milton Dlamini and the Chairman of Mbombela United for the opportunity they gave me”
Next up for Mbombela United is a clash against Ubuntu Cape Town on the 25th at home.