Gift Nemutandani of Madridtas (left) and Akani Nkuna of Hotspurs in tussle to win the ball.
Madridtas FC beat Giyani Hotspurs 2-0 in their ABC Motsepe League match at the Tshifudi Stadium on Saturday.
Madridtas were out of touch during the first half, but they managed to absorb the pressure from the visitors until the proceedings for the first half came to an end.
Spurs’ veteran midfielder, Tshikani Nkondo, was a marvel to watch. He was everywhere, distributing some telling passes from the middle of the park, while at the same time playing as a striker. Rurisani Chauke of Hotspurs was the first player to go into the referee’s book. He handled the ball intentionally and the referee, Mr Roy Mulaudzi, was quick to flash yellow.
Realizing that their scoring chances were slim, Madridtas’ head coach, Mr Ntshinyadzeni Munyangane, effected the first change to the team’s starting 11 towards the end of the first half. Pfunzo Tshikotshi replaced Christopher Tshikovhele in the 39th minute. Tshikovhele formed a deadly combination with Thendo Mathobo and Langanani Matodzi at the forefront.
The home side approached the second half with more self-confidence. Seven minutes into the last half, Thendo Mathobo received a neat pass from Gift Nemutandani and unleashed a volley from the edge of the box. The ball hit the woodwork and landed outside the field of play for a goal kick.
The boys were separated from the men in the 59th minute. Gift Nemutandani beat the keeper with a close-range volley. Hotspurs came close to scoring in the 64th minute. Tshikani Nkondo tried his luck from the 25-meter area. The keeper of Madridtas, Mmbengeni Rudzani, palmed the ball away for a corner kick.
Madridtas were awarded a free kick in the 74th minute. Pfunzo Tshikotshi blasted in a rocket from the free kick to bring the final score to 2-0.
Date:12 October 2017 - By: Frank Mavhungu
Frank is a Human Resources Manager at the Department of Public Works in Limpopo. He is the longest serving correspondent of the Mirror, having joined us at the end of 1990. He mainly writes sports reports and resides at Tsianda Village. In 2004, Frank won the National Castle League Award, an award for the best reporter in the SAB league in South Africa.