Amazulu and Black Leopards ease relegation woes with victories

Leopards vs Stellenbosch FC
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Amazulu and Black Leopards eased their relegation woes after scoring important wins in their respective home matches on Sunday afternoon. Leopards are still 14th on the log, but are now on 20 points after beating rookies Stellenbosch F.C 2-1 in Venda.

Meanwhile, Amazulu are now 15th on the log also with 20 points after beating another relegation threatened side Polokwane City 1-0 in Durban. City are now bottom of the log with just 17 points after 21 matches.

Relegation threatened Black Leopards were looking for their first win at home since they defeated Golden Arrows in November last year. Leopards officially parted ways with coach Cavin Johnson last week after a string of poor results.

Allan Clark was appointed as caretaker coach in an attempt to steer the team out of the relegation zone. Before the match against Stellenbosch FC, Leopards were 14th on the log with just four wins after 19 matches.

They came up against Stellies, a side which is high in confidence after registering three wins in a row after a difficult start to the season. Leopards were awarded a penalty after a handball by a Stellenbosch FC player from a Mogakolodi Ngele’s free kick.

Zambian Mwape Musonda made no mistake from the spot to put the home side in the lead. A penalty appeal by the visitors a few minutes later was turned down by referee Eugene Mdluli.

Lesedi Kapinga fluffed an opportunity to increase Lepards’ lead 20 minutes into the second half. Three minutes later the visitors also wasted an opportunity to equalise. Leopards keeper Jonas Mendes kept his side in the game with some excellent saves.

Stellenbosch kept on probing and they were eventually rewarded when Ryan Moon found the equaliser 11 minutes from time. Leopards captain Thabo Matlaba saved the day for his team five minutes from time scoring the winning goal.

The visitors fought hard however they were denied by the crossbar late in injury time.

In the SAFA Women’s National League encounter the Tshwane University of Technology Ladies hosted Golden Lions. TUT came from a goal down to defeat Golden Ladies 2-1.

The visitors took the lead as early as the fourth minute but the goal was cancelled by Gabonneilwe Kekana who found the equaliser for TUT in the 22nd minute.

The home side started playing with more purpose as the game progressed, as they enjoyed over sixty percent ball possession.

It came as no surprise then Rhofiwa Dzivhani gave TUT the lead seven minutes before half-time, to earn her side maximum points.