TTM’s coach, Mr Sello Chokoe, congratulates the goal scorer, Themba Ndlovu, after the game.
Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) deposited three important points into their league account when they beat Mthatha Bucks 1-0 in their NFD League match at the Thohoyandou Stadium on Saturday.
Just like in their three previous matches, TTM approached the game aggressively, with their strikers, Aluwani “Killer” Nedzamba, Themba Ndlovu and Monde Mpambaniso, giving the Bucks defenders no time to breathe.
Realizing that the home side were all over them, the visitors from the Eastern Cape started to demonstrate their rough skills. The referee, Tom Abongile, normalized the situation by flashing yellow to one of their defenders, Tsepiso Lietsisa, in the 14th minute.
TTM threatened to score in the 24th minute. Killer Nedzamba received a neat pass from Mpambaniso Monde but shot aimlessly from close range.
The coach of TTM, Mr Sello Chokoe, was forced to effect change to his original team when their overlapping left back, Frank Motebejane, sustained a knee injury towards the end of the first half. He was replaced with Thabiso Maitsapo.
Maitsapo made his presence felt four minutes after his introduction. He forced his way through the defence of Bucks and unleashed a half volley from the edge of the box. The ball hit the woodwork and bounced back into the field of play.
TTM effected another change to their starting 11 by introducing David Mathebula for Killer Nedzamba 11 minutes into the last half. Bucks tried their luck by replacing Linda Bhengu with Sello Jafta moments later.
The goal that earned the three league points for TTM came in the 78th minute. Alton Kapinga dribbled past three defenders in a row and dished a pre-cooked pass to Themba Ndlovu, who beat the keeper with a half volley.
Bucks regrouped from behind in their search for the equalizer, but their strikers were not lucky enough at the goal finish. The keeper of TTM, Bongani Manavhela, was warned with card for wasting time in the dying minutes of the game
Date:08 February 2018 - 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.