Stellenbosch closer to promotion

Round 21 of the 2018/19 National First Division season saw leaders Stellenbosch increase their advantage at the top of the log, thanks to defeats for two of their three nearest chasers.

The round opened with a 1-1 draw between Cape Umoya United and Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila on Friday night, while Saturday afternoon saw relegation-threatened Witbank Spurs and Real Kings held in home matches by Richards Bay and Maccabi FC respectively.

Saturday also saw Stellenbosch take another step toward automatic promotion with a 2-0 home win over TS Sporting at Idas Valley, thanks to goals from Jarrod Moroole and Alan Robertson.

The Cape side was boosted on Sunday when title challengers Ajax Cape Town and Royal Eagles lost to Pretoria University (3-0 away) and Uthongathi FC (2-1 away) respectively, allowing Mbombela United to rise into second place (eight points adrift of the top). The round was completed with TS Galaxy defeating Jomo Cosmos 1-0.

The NFD will continue with a full round of fixtures spread over the first weekend of March.


FRIDAY 22 FEBRUARY Cape Umoya United 1-1 Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila

SATURDAY 23 FEBRUARY Stellenbosch 2-0 TS Sporting
Witbank Spurs 1-1 Richards Bay
Real Kings 2-2 Maccabi FC

SUNDAY 14 FEBRUARY Pretoria University 3-0 Ajax Cape Town
Ubuntu Cape Town 0-1 Mbombela United
Jomo Cosmos 0-1 TS Galaxy
Uthongathi 2-1 Royal Eagles