Edward Maqele of TTM (right) and Khayalethu Mjoli of Spurs chase the ball.
Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) continued to pave their way to the Absa Premiership Division by beating Witbank Spurs 1-0 in their National First Division League match at the Thohoyandou Stadium on Saturday.
TTM were unstoppable in the opening 20 minutes of the game, with their midfielders, Khunadi Nkoana, Nhlanhla Mgaga and Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo, distributing some telling passes to the front runners.
The visitors from eMalahleni tried to frustrate the home side with rough tackles. The referee, Mr Naasif Julius, did not allow any of the culprits to go unpunished. He flashed three yellow cards within a space of 10 minutes.
Doctor Sikhosana, the Spurs’ playmaker, was booked for tackling Nhlanhla Mgaga from behind in the 11th minute. Sikhosana’s warning seemed to have not been good enough to make the Spurs’ players refrain from their unbecoming behavior. The situation came back to normal after the referee reprimanded Cleopas Dube and Peter Mubayiwa with cards moments thereafter.
It took TTM 40 minutes to score the goal that earned them three vital points for the match. They were awarded a free kick in the 35-meter area. Nhlanhla Mgaga beat the keeper with a half volley from the free kick.
Spurs were lucky not to have conceded another goal before the end of the first half. Their vastly experienced striker, Edward Maqele, went loose from the left corner and dished out a square pass from the edge of the box. Edmore Sibanda, the Spurs’ keeper, braved the shot to execute a brilliant save.
Edward Maqele was replaced with Aluwani “Killer” Nedzamba two minutes into the last half. Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo of TTM was warned with a card for obstructing Nduduzo Phakathi in the 65th minute. TTM effected the last two changes to their starting line-up late in the game. They introduced Shandukani Mabirimisa and Rolivhuwa Mukwevho for Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo and Lebohang Mabotja respectively.
Date:09 November 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.