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Sport - Date: 30 August 2018
Written by: Frank Mavhungu / Viewed: 666
Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) deposited full points into their league account, following their 2-1 victory over Real Kings in their National First Division League match at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
TTM could have sealed the game in the first 10 minutes, but their strikers, Lindokuhle Mtshali and Thobani Kunene, seemed to have forgotten their scoring boots in Durban. Mtshali went loose from the left corner in the sixth minute and unleashed a half volley from close range. Tshepo Ramaele, the TTM keeper, braved the shot and pulled off a brilliant save.
Khunene was unlucky two minutes later. His ground cutter missed the target by inches. It took TTM 24 minutes to score their opening goal. They were awarded a corner kick after a scramble within the box. Nhlanhla Mgaga took the corner kick and the team’s dribbling wizard, Onyedikachi Ononogbu, headed home.
Papy Faty of Real Kings was reprimanded with a card after tackling Lebohang Mabotja the rough way. Khunadi Nkoana, the TTM midfielder, missed a sure goal four minutes before the end of the first half. His close-range header went astray.
Real Kings replaced their captain, Lindokuhle Mtshali, with Scelo Mkhize in the 57th minute. TTM strengthened their striking force by introducing Siyabulela Shai for Edward Manqele. Manqele was tightly marked from the onset, making it difficult for him to test the ability of the Kings' keeper, Mlungisi Mazibuko, to guard the posts.
Carlington Nyadombo, TTM’s Zimbabwean defender, scored with a header, following a square pass from Onyedikachi Ononogbu in the 74th minute. Real Kings pulled one back through Papy Faty eight minutes later.
TTM completed their substitution chances by introducing Aluwani Nedzamba and Happy Mashau for David Zulu and Nhlanhla Mgaga respectively, late in the game.
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Onyedikachi Ononogbu of TTM protects the ball, while Tsepo Mabua of Kings pulls him back.
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.