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Sport - Date: 20 June 2019
Written by: Frank Mavhungu / Viewed: 618
The MTG KO competition final game between Fundudzi United Brothers and Mutale Vikings that was played at the Makonde Home Defenders’ grounds on Sunday was not played to the finish. The score was 4-4 when the game ended abruptly.
The game was played at a seesaw pace, with the teams knocking on each other’s door time after time. Vikings came close to scoring in the 18th minute when Innocent Nephalama went loose from the right corner and lost possession just before he could unleash from inside the box. No goal was scored during the first 45 minutes.
Both sides effected two changes to their starting line-ups in the last half. United Brothers took the lead in the 64th minute. Agrippa Nemathithi beat the offside trap and unleashed a half volley that seemed too hot to the Vikings’ keeper to handle. A defender of Brothers handled the ball within his own penalty area, prompting the referee to award a penalty to Vikings. Omphulusa Nemaangani scored from the white spot.
The score was 1-1 at the end of the regulation time. No extra time was added, but instead the teams went straight to the penalty shootout.
Both sides managed to convert three of their chances. The fans invaded the pitch and thus made it impossible for the players to take the fourth penalty. Realizing that the situation was out of control, the referee blew the final whistle. According to a statement from the league, the match will be replayed at the same venue tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon, starting at 13:00.
Muano Nesane of United Brothers and Innocent Nephalama of Vikings (left) are focused on 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.