National First Division: Round Up
Round Four of the National First Division started with a somber mood, Uthongathi FC owner Mr. Nicholas Mkhize had passed on. May his departed soul rest in peace.
Witbank Spurs took on Amatuks at home, the home side welcomed back Vusi Mkhantswa into their technical team after he was relieved from his duties by TS Galaxy. Siyavutha was the first one to find the back of the net but it only took the visitors seven minutes to find the equalizer through Pogiso Mahlangu. Veteran striker Mame Niang bagged the winning goal for Amatuks and ensured that they travel home with all the maximum points.
Royal Eagles hosted TTM and the game ended in a two all draw. the only game that had most goals in round four.
The battle of the newcomers to the NFD saw TS Sporting hosting Ajax Cape Town, the game ended in a one-nil win for the home side and that was the Urban Warriors first taste of defeat.
Jomo Cosmos traveled to Dobsinville Stadium to face up Maccabi FC, Ezenkosi managed to win the encounter with a goal to nil and pocketing their first three points of the campaign. Tebogo Mabula scored the only goal.
TS Galaxy hosted Ubuntu, both sides are still without a win this season and after 90 minutes the sides shared the points after a 1-1 draw. Waseem Isaacs scored for the Cape Town-based outfit but the lead was cut short by an equalizer by Sakhele Nhlabathi. The first win of the season still not there for both sides.
Stellenbosch hosted Mbombela United at Idas Valley, this was the first game of the season hosted by the Cape Winelands area. Mbombela United went to the game as favorites but they could only manage a point away from home as the game ended 0-0
In the cold Cape Town Stadium, Cape Umoya welcomed Richards Bay FC. Roger De Sa side was looking for that first win of the season and a goal by Siphiwe Mnguni bagged all the maximum points for Umoya
This week we took some time and had a chat with former Mamelodi Sundowns, Uthongathi FC and current TTM player Patrick Meso. After the tragic death of Uthongathi FC team owner, we asked Meso about his feelings on what transpired as he was part of the team that helped Uthongathi get the promotion to the National First Division.
” I’m so deeply hurt about what happened because he was the one get that promotion to National First Division and it is sad what happened because he was a very good person that you can talk with anything, may his soul rest in peace and hope his family stays strong at this time of tragedy”.
Meso was part of a group that was promoted to the first team by Johan Neeskins, even though he never got an opportunity to make an official appearance for Bafana BaStyle.
“It was a great moment for me to be promoted by then-coach Neeskins, it was me and the likes of Walter Maponyane, Jabulani Shongwe, Doctor Mampuru, and Siyabulela Shai. It was a good learning curve for me as I was coming from development and its a moment I will cherish for life”.
Vhadau Vha Damani is currently topping the standings after four games, they are yet to suffer defeat.
” We are taking it game by game, we are not putting ourselves under any pressure. The mood in the side is very good ever since i have joined, great bunch of players with a great attitude and a good coach. So as i said earlier its one game at a time”.