Collen Ratapa of Aces attacks, while Rendani Tshikumbane is ready to intercept.
Magau United beat Manavhela Black Aces 1-0 in their Administrators' League match at Manavhela on Sunday.
The match was war in the true sense of the word. At first Aces were threatening to find the net, but things changed as the game approached the halfway mark of the first stanza. Ellan Ratapa, Aces' left flank, had his chance after receiving a brilliant pass from John Mavula. He shot aimlessly from close range and the ball went wide.
United regrouped and took the game to their opponents. United’s new signee, Mpho ”Fire” Mavhandu, committed a similar error, following a square pass from Thendo Rabulanyana.
Defenders took 22 minutes to stamp their authority on the game. Their overlapping midfielder, Rendani Tshikumbane, capitalized on a defensive error by Aces' defenders and blasted in a rocket from close range. The keeper of Aces, Unarine Kutama, watched helplessly as the ball crossed the goal line.
Khodani Masia of Aces should have equalised after receiving a neat pass from Khumbelo Matshisevhe within the box and unleashing a half volley. The shot did not give the United keeper, Brutas Likunyane, any headaches as the ball did not have enough power behind itl.
The half-time score was still one-nil in favour of United.
In the second half, Aces had nobody else but themselves to blame for the defeat. They squandered countless scoring opportunities throughout the game. Ndaedzo Mamafha was tightly marked and could not play his normal attacking game. Realizing that life was difficult for him as a striker, Mamafha moved back and played as a midfielder.
Date:06 December 2018 - By: Kaizer Nengovhela
Kaizer Nengovhela started writing stories for Limpopo Mirror more than a decade ago, in 2 000. Prior to that he had a five year stint at Phala-Phala FM as sports presenter. In 2005 Kaizer received an award from the province's premier as Best Sports Presenter. The same year he was also nominated as Best Sports Reporter by the Makhado Municipality. Kaizer was awarded the Mathatha Tsedu award in 2014.