NMB championship race down to wire

The race for the Safa NMB SAB soccer championship and a place in the playoffs for a spot in the Safa Vodacom League continued in earnest at the weekend.

With three matches remaining, Real City, who picked up soft points against Despatch Pioneers, have a two-point lead over Lion City, with Bay Stars and Morning Stars a further four points adrift.

The championship could be decided this coming weekend when all the teams play double-headers. Real play Camper United at NU9 on Saturday and Hotspurs at the Mooredyke on Sunday. Neither team will be pushovers.

Lion have an equally difficult task, playing Royal Bucks on Saturday and Camper United on Sunday, both at the NU 2 Stadium in Motherwell.

Lion thrashed Crystal Palace 6-1 on Saturday to keep the pressure on the logleaders.

Results: Real City w/o Despatch Pioneers, Tomorrow Stars 1 Royal Bucks 2, Camper United 2 Highland Spurs 1, Lion City 6 Crystal Palace 1, Subs 0 Bay Stars 3, Hotspurs 2 Showvillage 4, Callies 2 Real Aces 0, Morning Stars 2 Morning Stars 1, Showvillage 5 Hotspurs 2, Royal Bucks 0 Highland Spurs 1, Tomorrow Stars 1 Camper United 0, Real Aces 2 Subs 2.

WITH logleaders Real Crusaders having a bye, Shining Stars took top position on the table in the Zwifa Marina Sea Salt Premier League on Sunday when they thrashed Man City 9-3. Stars went into the weekend trailing Crusaders on a goal difference of seven.

Kwyasa United, who have an outside chance of overtaking Crusaders and Stars, also scored a resounding win, thrashing Umanyano 6-3.

Gal City beat Camper United 3-1 and Zwide Celtic 4-2.

Results: Little Birds 3 Umanyano 3, Major Chiefs w/o Strikers United, Kwyasa United 1 Young Killers 0, Camper United 1 Gal City 3, Zwide Pirates w/o Camper United, Kwyasa United 6 Umanyano 3, Man City 3 Shining Stars 9, Gal City 4 Zwide Celtics 2, Major Chiefs 2 Soweto Angels 2, Little Birds 1 Strikers United 2.

RUNAWAY logleaders Mustangs LFC thrashed Black Vultures 8-0 in a SAFA Woman’s League fixture on Sunday after leading 2-0 at the break. Nolu Mhlauli, Sandisiwe Nohayi, Courtney Nanan (3), Jessi Heatley (2) and Ameera Daniels scored for Mustangs.

Nearest rivals NMMU Madibaz beat Park United 5-2. Susan Wells (3), Miriam Rutz and Ntombifuthi Mncwango scored for the students.

Results: Black Vultures 0 Mustangs FC 8, NMMU Madibaz 5 Park United 2, PE College 1 Warriors 1, Sophakama 2 Golden Stars 1, Tomorrow Stars 0 African Chiefs 6.

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