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

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:

KIKI MONARENG SPEAKS TO TOMMY MANDLAZI

Kiki : Ndaa,vho vuwa hani Tommy.

Tommy : I'm great thanks

Kiki : You played for Phiva Young Stars in Mpumalanga and Mbombela United signed you subsequently. What did they see in you?

Tommy : I'm sure they liked my style of playing that is fitting in their style of play that's why they signed me.

Kiki : Mbombela United is based in Mpumalanga how did the supporters react to the purchase of Mpumalanga Black Aces?

KIKI MONARENG SPEAKS TO THAPELO NYONGO

Kiki : What has made you stay so long at AmaZulu even after their relegation?

Thapelo : I’m all about developing my game. So when the team went, I had good relations with the coach, players as well as the management. I had a discussion with my advisor George about the situation and felt it was better to stay and besides I love it here.

Kiki : Did your salary remain the same after your relegation?

KIKI MONARENG SPEAKS TO BOEBIE SOLOMONS

www.thenfd.co.za correspondent Kiki Monareng recenty had a chat with Milano United FC coach Boebie solomons.

Kiki : Coach, you made history in South African football by winning the PSL title as assistant coach at Santos and the NFD at Bidvest Wits.

Boebie : Yes I have been fortunate to be successful in my coaching career and also mindful that learning in this game never stops.

KIKI MONARENG SPEAKS TO SIYA MBATHA of THANDA ROYAL ZULU

Kiki: Spartak, welcome to www.thenfd.co.za. How did your football career begin?

Siya: It began after matric when I was invited to Golden Arrows for trials. I passed the trials, trained with the first team and was signed.

Kiki: Your nickname Spartak, how did that come about?

Siya: The nickname was given to me by our goalkeeper coach. Apparently Spartak never surrenders and he gave me the name because I never gave up even when the going got tough.

Kiki: How did you guys at Thanda manage to survive relegation?

KIKI MONARENG SPEAKS TO SIZWE MDLINZO of CT ALL STARS

Kiki: Bhasa, welcome to www.thenfd.co.za. How does a player form Umlazi end up in Cape Town?

Sizwe: It all started when I grew up in Chatsworth but moved to Umlazi to further my footballing career and that’s when I joined Umlazi Stars

Kiki: Where are the other boys you came with to Cape Town.  Did anyone of them sign with an NFD club?

Sizwe: There were five of us, but I was lucky enough to get a contract with CT All Stars, while the other guys played in the ABC Motsepe League.

ABC MOTSEPE LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

The ABC Motsepe League playoffs are taking place at the Dr. Petrus Molemela and Kaizer Sebothelo Stadiums from 13 to 19 June 2016. The winners of the two groups will gain automatic promotion to the NFD and will also contest a final to see who are the overall ABC Motsepe League Champions. The winner of the final will pocket an impressive R1 000 000.

Congratulations to Kings United (KZN) and Magezi FC (Lim) for winning their respective groups and qualifying to play in the NFD next season. the two sides will meet in the Grand Finale on Sunday.

PROMOTIONAL PLAYOFFS PREVIEW

The season is over for the majority of the teams in both the NFD and the PSL, but for three teams the battle will rage over the next 3 weeks to see which team will play in the PSL next season and who will be in the NFD.

MBOMBELA UNITED FC v HIGHLANDS PARK

JOMO COSMOS BACK IN THE NFD

Jomo Cosmos were relegated from the PSL to the NFD for the 4th time in 9 years after finishing bottom of the ABSA Premiership log in a dramatic final weekend of South Africa's top professional league. 

Cosmos lost 1 - 2 to Maritzburg United in the first round of the Telkom KO and also lost 1 - 3 to Orlando Pirates in the Round of 16 of the Nedbank Cup. 

NFD WRAP - WEEK 30

SANTOS FC 1 FC CAPE TOWN 2

The final Cape derby of the season saw FC CT beat Santos for the first time away from home and only the second time in 8 meetings. The win boosted FC CT from 13th on the log, into the top 10 while dropping Santos down to 11th.  

WITBANK SPURS 5 MOROKA SWALLOWS 1

PROMOTION PLAYOFFS - DATES and TIMES

The dates, time and venues for the Promotional Playoffs are as follows:

MBOMBELA UNITED FC vs HIGHLANDS PARK at KANYAMAZANE STADIUM - 15H00

UNIVERSITY of PRETORIA vs MBOMBELA UNITED FC at TUKS STADIUM - 15H00

HIGHLANDS PARK vs UNIVERSITY of PRETORIA at MAKHULONG STADIUM - 15H00

HIGHLANDS PARK vs MBOMBELA UNITED FC at MAKHULONG STADIUM - 15H00

MBOMBELA UNITED FC vs UNIVERSITY of PRETORIA at KANYAMAZANE STADIUM - 15H00

UNIVERSITY of PRETORIA vsHIGHLANDS PARK at TUKS STADIUM - 15H00

NFD PREVIEW - WEEK 30

SANTOS FC v FC CAPE TOWN

The final Cape derby of the season and a chance for FC CT to attempt to beat Santos for the first time away from home and only the second time in 8 meetings. Neither side has gained the results that they were looking for this season, but both are safe from relegation. Santos ended in 13th position last season and a loss against their city rivals could see them end 13th again.

WITBANK SPURS v MOROKA SWALLOWS

PROMOTIONAL PLAYOFF DATES ANNOUNCED

The kickoff date tfor the 2015/16 Promotional Playoffs was announced at the PSL office in an official draw this week.

The Promotion Play-offs is contested by three clubs: the club that finishes 15th on the Absa Premiership log and the two clubs that finish second and third in the National First Division (NFD).

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