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Sport - Date: 20 June 2019
Written by: Frank Mavhungu / Viewed: 253
In their MTG KO competition losers’ final match at the Makonde Home Defenders grounds on Sunday, Mukula Young Brothers beat Tshaulu Hungry Lions 7-6 to finish in the third position.
The game was evenly contested, with the teams creating and wasting scoring chances. Young Brothers were the first to squander a golden scoring opportunity. Their scoring machine, Mpho Musehane, went loose from the right corner but shot wide from inside the box. Hungry Lions seemed to have been threatened by that. They regrouped from behind with their midfielders initiating some promising moves from the middle of the park.
Lions had their scoring chance in the 24th minute. Their diminutive right winger, Maanda Netshamahala, dribbled past two defenders in a row and unleashed a half volley from the edge of the box. The ball missed the target by inches, much to the fans’ disappointment.
Young Brothers were the first to blow the trumpet. Mpho Musehane received a beautiful pass from Livhuwani Ndou and beat the keeper with a half volley in the 35th minute. In the 40th minute, the centre forward of Lions, Ndifelani Matodzi, headed home after a corner kick by Agreement Baloyi.
Brothers came close to scoring the winner nine minutes into the last half. Mpho Musehane beat the offside trap and shot wide with the keeper already beaten.
Both sides created and wasted scoring chances in the last 20 minutes of the game. The score was still 1-1 when the referee, Mr Given Ndou, blew the final whistle. No extra time was added, but instead the winner was determined through penalty shootout.
Brothers converted six from the white spot through Edzasani Tendamudzimu, Mpho Nelushi, Livhuwani Ndou, Mpho Musehane, Masala Mafuwa and Ndamulelo Ratshipondo, while Lions scored five.
Livhuwani Ndou of Young Brothers and Mahlori Baloyi of Lions (front) chase 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.