CHIPPA United can approach Sunday’s clash with Witbank Spurs safe in Mpumalanga safe in the knowledge that they will be crowned
NFD champions for this season.
Going into the weekend, Chippa needed just one point to wrap up the title with three games to spare.
But that turned to four games after results went the Chilli Boys’ way this weekend. The only three sides – Milano United, Baroka FC,
and Jomo Cosmos, that mathematically or potentially could have caught up with Chippa, all dropped points to hand the Chilli Boys the
Chippa have 54 points and have four matches to go, while second-placed Black Leopards (44 points), as well as Milano United and
Baroka FC (both on 43 points) only have three matches left to play.
Milano were only able to take a single point from their trip to the Free State, where they drew 0-0 with Maluti FET College at the
Charles Mopeli Stadium. The draw was however enough to take the Grassy Park club back into the play-off zone in third spot, above
Baroka FC on goal difference, who had drawn 1-1 with Santos on Friday night.
Down in Richards Bay, it proved to be a disappointing afternoon for Jomo Cosmos, who lost 2-1 to Thanda Royal Zulu at the Umhlathuze
Thanda scored through defender Velile Zitha and striker Michael Gumede, with Peter Ndadike netting Ezenkosi’s only goal. The result
leaves Cosmos on 42 points with three games to go, and certainly still in the mix for promotion.
A 2-1 win for Vasco da Gama over Roses United at Parow Park on Saturday has boosted the Cape side’s chances at edging into the
promotion play-offs. Vasco found themselves on the back-foot early on at Parow Park as Vusi Shikwela gave Roses United the
advantage after just 10 minutes.
But two second half goals inside two minutes, from Samuel Julies and Mathews Khune powered Vasco over the line. The victory sees
Keenin Lesch’s side up to 41 points, two points behind third-placed Milano United.
In the day’s other action, Blackburn Rovers lost 1-0 at home to African Warriors. With just three matches left to play, 16-th placed Rovers are now unable to catch the club in 14th, Maluti, who have an 11 point cushion after their draw with Milano today.-www.psl.co.za