The National First Division, The NFD
The National First Division, The NFD

COACHING UPDATE

Mbombela United have appointed a new coach in Ashwin Sutton who takes over from Milton Dlamini at the Mpumalanga based side for the start if the second half of the season. His opening match at the resumption of the NFD after AFCON 2017 on Sunday 12 February could hardly be more difficult as Mbombela United take on unbeaten Thanda Royal Zulu in Richards Bay. Sutton was in charge of Free State side African Warriors in 2009, moved to Batau in 2010, was at Sivutsa Stars (now Royal Eagles) in 2012 and Blackburn Rovers in East London two years later.

NFD WRAP - WEEK 15

CT ALL STARS 0 MAGESI FC 0

Two sides at the bottom of the table missed a golden opportunity to end their year outside the relegation zone when they drew on Friday. The result leaves the home side All Stars 2 points clear of the drop zone after 15 matches and for Magesi, a 10th week at the bottom of the log. Both sides have some work to do in the 6 week break to stimulate their camps into surviving the season when the NFD resumes in February.

UNIVERSITY of PRETORIA 2 MTHATHA BUCKS 2

NFD WRAP - WEEK 14

SANTOS FC 0 AMAZULU FC 1

Santos remained in the relegation zone after suffering their 5th loss of the season and their second to Amazulu in 4 days. The win for Usuthu means that they climb to 7th on the log, but more importantly just two points away from a Playoff position in a congested middle of the table. The loss for the Cape side also saw coach Zeca Marques tender his resignation from the club. The only win this season for Santos came in Round 1.  

ROYAL EAGLES 2 JOMO COSMOS 1

NEW TOP MARKSMAN IN NFD

Royal Eagles' Sedwyn George became the Nfd's leading goal poacher when he opened the scoring for Thanda against Jomo Cosmos over the weekend. George has reached 13 goals which puts him one ahead of long time highest scorer, Mhlengi Cele of Thanda Royal Zulu. 

ZECA MARQUES LEAVES SANTOS FC

Zeca Marques has resigned as head coach of Sanotos FC with immediate effect after deciding to step down as head coach of the Cape side. Zeca said that despite is best efforts, the results haven't gone his way and that it was time that an opportunity was given to another coach to run the club. The former coach thanked the Chairman, his family and the technical staff at Santos for their assistance, advice and hard work and wished the players the best of fortunes for the rest of the season. 

Marques becomes the 7th coach to leave a club in 13 weeks of the current season.

NFD PREVIEW - WEEK 14

SANTOS FC v AMAZULU FC

After playing for over two hours of football in the Nedbank Cup qualifiers on Wednesday in a match was decided on penalties, these two sides will resume hostilities in the NFD. The victory for Usuthu was hard won and there is every indication that Saturday’s encounter between the two former PSL sides will be no exception. Amazulu had a great win over Eagles in a KZN derby last time out, while Santos dropped into the relegation zone after their away loss to Tuks. Last season both matches ended in draws.

NEDBANK CUP PRELIMINARY ROUND PREVIEW

CT ALL STARS v MTHATHA BUCKS

A repeat of the qualifying match from last season that was won 2 – 0 by homeside Mthatha Bucks with goals from Jonasi and Spandeel. The Mthatha side then lost to Santos in the first round proper. The two teams have met four times over the past season and a half with both sides winning twice at home without conceding a goal. This season All Stars picked up their first win of the season when they beat Bucks 1 – 0 on October 15.

SANTOS FC v AMAZULU FC

NFD WRAP - WEEK 13

CT ALL STARS 1 REAL KINGS 0

All Stars won for just the second time this season to ease themselves out of the relegation zone for the 1st time in 11 weeks. It has been slow progress for the Cape with a draw here and there, but finally another victory after their previous win on 15 October. Visiting Real Kings put up a brave fight, but the Stoffels goal 20 minutes before the end of the match saw the challenge end for the KZN side who are yet to win on the road this season.

NFD PREVIEW - WEEK 13

CT ALL STARS v REAL KINGS

All Stars will want to make the most of their opportunities on Friday to grab all three points from visiting Real Kings in order to escape from the relegation zone where they have been for the past 10 weeks. All Stars have only one win all season, but play the NFD rookies who have yet to win on the road. Both sides lost last weekend in Round 12. Although Kings have yet to win on the road, they have drawn 4 of their 6 away matches to date. This will be the first meeting between the two sides.

NFD WRAP - WEEK 12

SANTOS FC 0 MTHATHA BUCKS 0

The two sides with the most stalemates in the NFD this season played to exactly that result on Friday in Cape Town. Santos have drawn 8 of their 12 matches played this season with the Mthatha based side playing to one draw less. The Cape side remain just above the relegation zone with Bucks dropping one place to 7th. The result was the 4th draw in a row for the Eastern Cape side.

WITBANK SPURS 1 STELLENBOSCH FC 1

NEDBANK CUP QUALIFYING DRAW - NFD

 

The draw for the 2016/17 Nedbank Cup preliminary round for NFD teams was held in Johannesburg on Monday 21 November 2016. This stage of the competition contested by the 16 clubs in the NFD. The eight winners will advance to the 2016/17 Nedbank Cup round of 32.  The fixtures will be played on Wednesday, 07 December 2016.

CT ALL STARS vs MTHATHA BUCKS

SANTOS FC vs AMAZULU FC

FC CAPE TOWN vs BLACK LEOPARDS

STELLENBOSCH vs THANDA ROYAL ZULU

UNIV. of PRETORIA vs WITBANK SPURS

AMENDMENTS TO u/23 RULE IN NFD

NSL Rule Change: NFD U23 Rule

The National Soccer League Board of Governors approved a change in the NSL Rules relating to the use of the u/23 players in the National First Division. The Rule came in effect on 01 August 2016.

Please see below the old Rule and the new Rule – as it now appears in the NSL Handbook.

The Old Rule:

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