Not a good week­end for Cape Town trio

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - MIKE DE BRUYN

HIGH­LANDS PARK are the form team in the Na­tional First Di­vi­sion.

Last week­end’s 3-0 drub­bing of Stel­len­bosch FC in a top-ofthe-ta­ble bout left the men from Jo­han­nes­burg in pole po­si­tion a third of the way through the sea­son.

The for­mer PSL out­fit’s fourth vic­tory from five out­ings (drew the other) in­creased their points tally to 19, good enough for a one-point lead over an­other for­mer top-tier club in the form of the Uni­ver­sity of Pre­to­ria, who con­tin­ued their climb up the 16-team ta­ble af­ter edg­ing lowly Uthon­gathi FC 1-0 last week­end.

Round­ing off the podium af­ter round 10 is Jomo Cos­mos, an­other for­mer PSL side who have seen their fortunes rise in re­cent times.

As for the Cape’s three­p­ronged chal­lenge, it was a poor set of re­turns for the trio, with for­mer fron­trun­ners Stel­len­bosch, who spent six weeks at the sum­mit, now down to fifth spot af­ter go­ing four games with­out a win, while Cape Town All Stars’ up-and­down sea­son con­tin­ues (four wins, four losses, two draws) and bot­tom side Ubuntu FC still win­less from 10 out­ings (five losses, five draws).

All Stars, af­ter two away games, re­turned home and came off sec­ond best when beaten 1-0 by KwaZulu-Na­tal raiders Real Kings, the win­ners mov­ing to mid-ta­ble and the Cape side down to ninth.

Ubuntu’s 1- 0 de­feat at Tshakhuma Tsha Madz­i­handila left them on five points from a pos­si­ble 30.

Two teams will be rel­e­gated and Ubuntu must know that time is run­ning out al­though a cou­ple of three-point­ers would help their cause im­mensely.

And while High­lands Park lead the field dur­ing the in­ter­na­tional break, clinch­ing league hon­ours is any­thing but a done deal.

Win­ners of the league gain au­to­matic pro­mo­tion to the PSL, so ex­pect a bunch of sides to stake a claim for that re­ward, and as things stand, all of eight teams are just five points adrift of the pace set­ters.

Mpho Eras­mus ( Mthatha Bucks) and Sa­belo Nyembe (Wit­bank Spurs) are the lead­ing goal scor­ers with five apiece.

As far as coaches go, eight have been fired or moved on.

The two lat­est ca­su­al­ties are Ian Palmer of Mthatha Bucks and Black Leop­ards’ Jean-Claude Losci­uto, the duo de­part­ing this week af­ter am­i­ca­ble agree­ments were reached with their clubs.

Be­fore them, Al­lan Freese (Royal Ea­gles), Roger Sikhakane (Richard’s Bay), David Kan­nemeyer ( Cape Town All Stars), Thierry Mu­lonzo ( High­lands Park), Roger Links (Ubuntu FC) and Petrus Chauke ( Mbombela United) were re­placed.

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