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Sport - Date: 30 August 2018
Written by: Frank Mavhungu / Viewed: 458
Khubvi Dangerous Darkies lived up to their name when they beat Berea FC 4-3 to book a place in the final of the Mulindavhathu Soccer Challenge at the Khubvi Benjie's grounds on Saturday.
The absence of Edwin Ramphabana, Elias Ranyaoa and Pfariso Mukoma in the Berea striking force was evident from the onset. Dakalo “Drogba” Ratshitanga, Berea’s playmaker, was restless in the game. At some point he played as a defender while at the same time overlapping to assist the strikers.
Dakalo Ratshitanga of Berea missed a fortune in the 18th minute. He received a neat pass from Madzanga Tshiruma and shot wide from within the box.
Darkies became more dangerous as the game progressed, thus making the keeper of Berea, Tshifhiwa Rasivhaga, the busiest player on the field of play. Rasivhaga made his presence felt in the 28th minute. Justice Randima unleashed a powerful half volley from the edge of the box. Rasivhaga braved the shot and palmed the ball away for a corner kick.
Rasivhaga became the hero of the day when he pulled off another brilliant save towards the end of the first half. This after Mashudu Raedani tried his luck with a half volley from inside the box.
Berea replaced Aubrey Ndou and Freedom Motsoko with Prince Tshisikhawe and Tshifhiwa Makhado five minutes into the last half. Darkies responded by introducing Zwivhuya Sikhwari and Thingivhone Netshishivhe for Livhuwani Netshivhodza and Avhashoni Makhoshi respectively.
The scoreboard was still blank when the referee blew the final whistle and the winner was determined through penalty shoot-out. Darkies scored four, while Berea managed to convert three of their five chances.
Shumani Davhana of Darkies controls the ball, while Madzanga Tshiruma of Berea is attempting to intercept from behind.
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.