Tony Zwane (left) of Stellenbosch FC during the NFD match against Jomo Cosmos FC at Idas Valley Stadium, Stellenbosch in November. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

DURBAN – National First Division pace setters Stellenbosch FC, Mbombela United and Royal Eagles will wrap up the first round fixtures this weekend.

Stellenbosch lead with 28 points after 14 games, three points clear of Mbombela. The Cape Town side, who are unbeaten in the last 11 games, will visit Maccabi FC at Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday at 3.30pm in their last fixture in 2018.

Maccabi are eighth on the log with 18 points and looking to close the gap between themselves and the top three. Only seven points separates them from the bottom of the log Cape Umoya side.

They are six points away from third-placed Royal Eagles, which means Stellenbosch must brace themselves for a tricky encounter.

Mbombela will also be on the road, against Ajax Cape Town on Saturday at Athlone Stadium in Cape Town at 3.30pm.

Siphesihle Sangweni of Mbombela United challenged by Wangu Gome of Cape Umoya United FC at Cape Town Stadium in September. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix
Siphesihle Sangweni of Mbombela United challenged by Wangu Gome of Cape Umoya United FC at Cape Town Stadium in September. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

The Mpumalanga side can finish on top of the log if Stellenbosch slip and they shoot down the Urban Warriors. They will be level on points and goal difference will decide who ends the year on top.

Ajax are sixth with 21 points and will look to beat Mbombela to close the gap between themselves and the top three.

Royal Eagles, who are third, will be at home against Ubuntu Cape Town at Chatsworth Stadium in Durban.

Recently Eagles were dealt a blow when their coach, Roger Sikhakhane, died after a lengthy illness but it seems that has motivated them. Last week they walloped Witbank Spurs 4-0 away from home.

The Capetonians are in the relegation zone. They are 14th on the log with 13 points.

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