Nkosinathi Ndlovu scored a goal for Baroka FC.
JOHANNESBURG - There was some exciting National First Division (NFD) action on Saturday afternoon, with 14 goals scored in the five matches played as the relegation and promotion battles continue to heat up.
The happiest team must have been league leaders Baroka FC who were too strong for Santos, beating them 3-1 with two second-half goals by Nkosinathi Ndlovu and Jacky Motshegwa, powering them to victory. They are now five points above Spurs.
Lucky Mothwa and Suhayl Allie had scored in the first half, which ended 1-1.
In another game, Witbank Spurs and AmaZulu drew 2-2 in a see-saw battle in Witbank. AmaZulu drew first blood, scoring through Zaid Patel, who netted from the spot on 16 minutes after a Humphrey Khoza hand-ball.
Two goals in quick succession after the break by Percy Tau and Joshua Sauls put the hosts ahead. But Usuthu made sure they did not return to Durban empty handed thanks to Marc van Heerden’s brilliant late free-kick.
There was no joy for Thanda Royal Zulu when they lost 1-0 at home to Mbombela United. Mbombela left it late in Richards Bay, Tshidiso Patjie scoring in the 90th minute to boost Mbombela’s promotion hopes.
There was another draw between Vasco da Gama and Mthatha Bucks which ended up 1-1. Bucks scored on 19 minutes when Bafana Dlamini sliced through the Vasco defence before scoring with a low drive into the far corner.
The match remained on a knife-edge throughout, with some nervy moments in the Bucks defence in the second half. Vasco finally found the equaliser when Rafiq De Goede scrambled in the ball from close range.
In the final game on Saturday, African Warriors lost 2-1 at home to FC Cape Town. Thamsanqa Ngema was on target for Warriors, but a Siphiwe Gwala brace ensured maximum points for the African Beasts.
Sunday fixtures (3.30pm)
Moroka Swallows v Cape Town All Stars – Dobsonville Stadium
Royal Eagles v Highlands Park – Harry Gwala Stadium.