catching up

Ian Palmer AK FC coach. Pic. Antonio Muchave. 17/07/06. © Sowetan.
Ian Palmer AK FC coach. Pic. Antonio Muchave. 17/07/06. © Sowetan.

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Bay United have a chance to reduce the gap between themselves and leaders Maritzburg United to four points at the expence of strugglers Hanover Park United at Wolfson Stadium in KwaZakhele this afternoon.

Kickoff in this National First Division (NFD) Coastal Stream match, which many regard as a mismatch, is at 4pm.

Watsh'Umlilo, as Bay United are affectionately known in football circles, trail Maritzburg by seven points after the Team of Choice dropped two valuable points on Wednesday.

They drew 1-1 against FC Cape Town at Blue Downs Stadium in the Mother City.

Maritzburg, guided by former FC AK mentor Ian Palmer, are firm favourites to win outright promotion to the Absa Premiership in May.

Club officials could not be reached for comment yesterday but their boss, Farouk Kadodia, is on record declaring that the club would shift mountains to reclaim their Premiership status this term.

United were relegated to the NFD at the end of last season.

Ailing University of Pretoria, who parted company with coach Sammy Troughton after a doleful run this season, were sent deeper into crisis when they suffered a 0-1 setback against Mpumalanga Black Aces in their Inland Stream confrontation in Tshwane in another Wednesday match.

The goal was struck by Kabamba "He Man" Musasa in the second stanza and the win was well received by Amazayoni's technical staff.

It was the first win for United under new mentor Kenny Ndlazi since he took over the coaching reigns from Greek coach Aiki Ayiomamitis a fortnight ago.

Ndlazi's first assignment at the Witbank-based side was a 0-1 setback at the hands ofWinnerspark in Seshego last Saturday.

Tomorrow's Fixtures:

Coastal Stream

King Zwelithini: Durban Stars v Western Province United (4pm); Wolfson: Bay United v Hanover Park (4pm)

Inland Stream

Charles Mopeli: African Warriors v Dynamos (4pm).