United Artists’ players celebrate their goal.

Blue Eagles and Artists in thrilling draw

 

In their MMK Administrators Soccer League match at the Tshitungulwane grounds on Saturday, Muziafera Blue Eagles rose to the occasion and held the Stream A pace setters, United Artists, to a 1-1 draw.

The game started 45 minutes later than the scheduled 15:00 kickoff time, because of the late arrival of the match official.

The game was played in a see-saw manner, with both sides creating and wasting their obvious scoring opportunities. Blue Eagles could have taken the lead nine minutes into the game. They were awarded a free kick just outside the box. Rudzani Zwidokane tried his luck, but the ball hit the Artists’ wall and bounced outside the field of play for a corner kick.

United Artists came close to scoring in the 35th minute. Their right winger, Emmanuel Neswiswi, forced his way through the defence of Eagles and unleashed a half volley from the edge of the box. The ball missed the target by inches, much to the fans’ disappointment. The scoreboard was still blank at the end of the first half, despite numerous attempts by both sides.

The referee, Mr Eric “Khathikhathi” Munyai, flashed the first yellow card four minutes into the last half. Victor Makhaukhau of United Artists obstructed Hulani Mphephu and Munyai was quick to flash yellow. United Artists were the first to blow the trumpet. Emmanuel Neswiswi hooked in the ball, following scramble within the box.

Another Artists player who was reprimanded with a card was Fhatuwani Muthathedzwa. He tackled Lufuno Munyai of Eagles from behind. The home side found the equalizer in the 74th minute. Ntshuxeko Sithole hooked in the loose ball, following a scramble within the box.

Mukhethwa Mukoma of Blue Eagles was given his marching orders for obstructing Emmanuel Neswiswi towards the end of the game.   

 

Lavhelesani Mukomafhedzi of Artists kicks the ball, while Lufuno Munyai of Eagles is on his heels.

Victor Makhaukhau of Artists (front) and Ntshuxeko Sithole of Eagles are focused on the high ball.

Lavhelesani Mukomafhedzi of Artists chases the ball.

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Date:10 May 2018 - By: Frank Mavhungu

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.

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