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Sport - Date: 26 July 2018
Written by: Frank Mavhungu / Viewed: 1646
Black Leopards proved beyond doubt that they were ready to compete in the Absa Premiership Division by beating Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) 1-0 in the final of the Limpopo Soccer Legacy Spectacular at the Giyani Stadium on Sunday.
The former TTM midfielder, Lesedi Kapinga, scored the all-important goal towards the end of the game. He received a neat pass from Themba Ndlovu and beat the keeper, Tshepo Ramaela, with a close-range ground cutter.
Although they were without most of their regular players for last season, TTM managed to match their elder brothers in all departments from the onset to the end.
Lidoda Duvha beat Ndengeza FC 4-1 in their semi-final match at the same venue earlier that day. Mwape Musonda, Lifa Hlongwane, Thivhavhudzi Ndou and Tumelo Khutlang scored for the Thohoyandou side, while Ndengeza’s solitary goal came via Raymond Maluleke.
Black Leopards received a floating trophy and gold medals during a ceremony shortly after the final game.
TTM’s way to the final went via the PSL side, Baroka FC, whom they unexpectedly beat 4-2 in their semi-final. The winner was determined through a penalty shoot-out as the scoreboard was still blank at the end of the regulation time. Carlington Nyadombo, the team’s captain, Khunadi Nkoana, Austin Kwera and Patrick Meso scored for TTM, while Hlalahla Magaga’s shot hit the post and landed outside the field of play. Baroka managed to convert two of their chances through Matome Mabeba and David Zulu.
Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila received silver medals during the ceremony.
In an interview shortly after the ceremony, the coach of Black Leopards, Mr Joel “The Prophet” Masutha, said that the victory was a clear indication that they were ready to absorb the Absa Premiership division heat.
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Tumelo Khutlang of Leopards pushes Mpapa Mofokeng away after winning the ball.
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.