Win over Stellenbosch boost Mbombela chances of qualifying for NFD/PSL play-offs

Tsediso Patjie of Mbombela United open the scoring against Stellenbosch FC at KaNyamazane Stadium on Wednesday. Tingwenyama went on to win the match 2-1.

Mbombela United coach, Aschwin Sutton has not given-up on a late surge for National First Division (NFD)/Premier Soccer League (PSL) relegation/promotion play-offs spot.

Tingwenyama beat third placed – Stellenbosch FC – 2-1 in a league encounter that was held at KaNyamazane Stadium on Wednesday.
The local side took a 2-0 lead via their dribbling wizard Tsediso Patjie early in the first half before the evergreen Inky Masuku extended the lead to 2-0 from the spot-kick in the second half.

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The team from the Cape Winelands community of Stellenbosch follow the relocation of Vasco Da Gama at the beginning of the season, got their consolation goal through Diego Brown with less than five minutes left in the clock.

The win left the Mbombela based side rooted in position 10 with 31-points after 24-games. They are six points within reach of a relegation/promotion play-offs spot with less six-games to go.

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Stellensbosch, who are in third spot with 37-points after 24-games, are occupying the last spot for the relegation/promotion play-offs.

Mbombela United coach Aschwin Sutton believes that his side can also get a spot in the NFD/PSL play-offs via a back-door.

The two teams that will finish second and third in the NFD respectively will play against the team that will finish in 15th spot in the PSL in a round robin mini league.

The team to top that mini league will be promoted straight to the land of honey – PSL, where teams are guaranteed a monthly grant of R1 . 5 – million unlike the measly R350 000 NFD teams survive on.
“We need to focus on winning our own games. You never know, maybe the teams above us might drop points and if that happens we might get at the back door of the relegation/promotional play-offs,” said Sutton.

Next-up for Sutton and his troops is a trip down to Cape where they will face-off Milano United at Blue Downs Stadium in Cape Town on Saturday.

Kick-off will be at 15:00.

Full Wednesday results:

Santos 0 2 University of Pretoria
Witbank Spurs 1 1 FC Cape Town
Thanda Royal Zulu FC 1 1 Black Leopards
Royal Eagles 1 3 AmaZulu
Mbombela United 2 1 Stellenbosch FC
Magesi FC 2 0 Jomo Cosmos
Real Kings FC 0 0 Cape Town All Stars

 

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