Tshepo Makgoga of TTM chases the ball.
The passionate fans of Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) left the Thohoyandou Stadium with sore hearts on Saturday, after their team unexpectedly shared the spoils with Real Kings, with whom they played to a 1-1 draw.
Just like in their previous matches, TTM created numerous scoring chances before converting one into a goal. The absence of Aluwani “Killer” Nedzamba in TTM’s striking force was evident from the onset as their bulldozer striker, Themba Ndlovu, was fighting it out alone.
Realizing that their scoring chances were slim, the visitors from Durban played defensive football throughout the first half. Real Kings were the first to effect changes to their starting line-up. They replaced Phumelele Bhengu with Lindokuhle Mtshali in the 24th minute.
TTM missed a sure chance in the 27th minute. Their diminutive midfielder, Lesedi Kapinga, dribbled past three defenders in a row and dished a pre-cooked pass to Themba Ndlovu, who shot wide from close range. No goal was scored in the first half.
TTM blundered by playing defensive football and relying on counter attacks throughout the second half. They replaced their vastly experienced midfielder, David Mathebula, with Nurhzard Pail in the 56th minute.
The home side were the first to blow the trumpet. Themba Ndlovu gave the ball a final touch following a scramble in the box. TTM introduced two new faces soon afterwards. Lesedi Kapinga and Frank Motebejane paved the way for Lesvin Stoffels and Tiyiselani Makhubele respectively.
The home side lost concentration in the dying minutes of the game. That gave the visitors a chance to find the equalizer through Sello Motsepa in the referee’s optional time.
Date:19 April 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.