Sibongiseni Gumbi
Football Writer
1 minute read
15 Jan 2016
12:54 pm

NFD weekend preview

Sibongiseni Gumbi

Highlands Park have been impressive lately, winning three games on the trot, scoring ten goals and collecting nine points which saw them climb up to sixth position on the National First Division log.

Allan Freese, coach of Highlands Park (Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix)

This enviable runs has seen Allan Freese’s team join the promotion chasing pack, and are now seven points behind leaders, Baroka FC.

The Johannesburg based Highlands face a high noon as they get a chance to minimise the gap between themselves and Baroka when they host the Limpopo team on Saturday afternoon’s clash set for Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa.

In comparison to Highlands’ record, Baroka have also been impressive although less in front of goal. Bakgaga have scored four times in their last three games, and conceded one while collecting seven points – having won two and drawn one.

A win for Highlands could see Baroka’s lead cut to just one point depending on other teams’ results. Freese’s team have been free scoring, but their defence should be a concern ahead of this clash against the division’s highest scoring team. All this makes for a fiery battle that will need both teams to be at their best.

Two teams that will be watching this game with huge interest are Mbombela United and Cape Town All Stars who are both tied at 27 points, four behind Baroka.

Stars will have a chance to cut the lead to a point (for at least a few hours) tonight when they play Thanda Royal Zulu at Cape Town’s Athlone Stadium. Igugu leKapa – as Stars are known around the Mother City – have rediscovered their rhythm under former Ajax Cape Town assistant coach, Ian Taylor who took over from Dan Malesela.

Mbombela have a tricky home encounter on Sunday against a relegation threatened Santos. As the race for promotions heats up, none of the teams in the top half of the league can afford to drop points, while the same can be said for those in the bottom half.