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

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

COACHING UPDATE

Mbombela United have yet to appoint a new coach after the release of Vusi Mkhatshwa during this month. The Mpumalanga based side will play against another side who have yet to appoint a new coach – CT All Stars. The Cape side will travel to their Round 12 encounter with former Moroka Swallows goalkeeper and coach Greg Etafia in charge, with All Stars likely to make a decision on the coaching position during the upcoming break.  

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

BELGIAN COACH AT LIDODA DUVHA

The Chairman of Black Leopards (Lidoda Duvha) confirmed to me today that Jean Francois Losciuto, a Belgian who holds a UEFA license, has been appointed coach of the Limpopo based club. While the new coach took charge of the team from this morning, he will not be in the dug-out on Satuday for the Round 11 match against Mbombela United as he is waiting for his work permit. Sello Chokoe will be in charge of that match.

This is not the first time the Belgian has worked as Oliseh's assistant.

NFD PREVIEW - WEEK 11

UNIVERSITY of PRETORIA v MAGESI FC

Tuks will be looking for just their second win in 9 outings when they meet bottom of the table Magesi for the first time. The visitors have an even worse record than Tuks, having won just one match all season and having spent the last five weeks at the bottom of the table. Both sides will be hoping that the middle third of the season will be kinder to them than the first part. Coach Murape drew his first match in charge of the ABC Motsepe Champions and will be hoping to continue to build on that success.

KIKI MONARENG CHATS WITH JOSHUA SAULS FROM WITBANK SPURS

Kiki : How did you end up signing for FC AK? 

Joshua : I was playing for All Nations in the ABC Motsepe League, and I received an opportunity to play to play for FC AK by Jerobeam Koert when they were promoted to the NFD. The promotion of FC AK to professional football meant that the people of Eldorado Park and the coloured community at large had an affinity towards the club.‎ FC AK at that time had players like Thabang Monare, William Twala, Brighton Mhlongo and other bunch of good players.

KIKI MONARENG SPEAKS TO KEITH AMERICA FROM SANTOS FC

Kiki : Hi Keith thanks for taking time to chat to me.

Keith : It is a pleasure Kiki and thanks for allowing me to air my views.

Kiki : Coach you played in the old Federation days, please tell us about those times?

Keith : We played in the Federation Pro League and we couldn't advertise ourselves normal sport in an abnormal society.

NFD WRAP - WEEK 10

SANTOS FC 0 FC CAPE TOWN 0

Santos played to their 5th draw in a row and their 7th of the season on Saturday in the first of two Cape derbies in Round 10 to remain just outside the relegation for a second week in a row. The People’s Team have only registered one win all season, and that was in Round 1. The draw sees FC CT climb one place to 11th.

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MAGESI FC CHANGE COACHES

After suffering their 5th loss of the season and a run of seven matches without a win, the end of the road for coach Jackie Ledwaba was signalled on Saturday by the management of the team that won the ABC Motsepe League last season. Ledwaba who played most of his football in the NFD guided the Limpopo side to the top of the Limpopo region in the Motsepe League. Magesi then went on to beat Real Kings for the title with both sides earning promotion to the NFD. Ony one win in 9 outings and four weeks at the bottom of the table was enough to force the change at Magesi.

NFD MATCHES LIVE ON TELEVISION

NFD BROADCASTING. Finally our cry starts being heard.
For NFD enthusiasts as well as those keen on getting to know the First Division a little better, there is some exciting news in terms of upcoming television coverage.
There will be three matches shown in October and a further four in November, with the scheduled broadcast (both on SuperSport and SABC) games taking place across the country.

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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