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Sport - Date: 22 August 2019
Written by: Frank Mavhungu / Viewed: 265
Dipeni FC were too good for Musasenda Big Five when they brutally walloped them 6-1in their quarter-final match of the Tshikosi Soccer Tournament at the Makonde Home Defenders grounds on Sunday.
The referee, Mr Lawrence Makhale, flashed the first yellow card in fourth minute after Lindambilu Mashavha of Dipeni tackled Vhuhulu Gotho of Big Five roughly.
Rudzani Thabo, the captain of Dipeni, was a marvel to watch in the game. He scored a hat trick. Dipeni, or Vhanzheli as they are also known, opened their account in the eighth minute. Their Rastafarian striker, Mukondeleli Makahane, caught Big Five's keeper, Khodani Matambila, napping with a long-drive half volley.
Big Five did not lose hope after Dipeni’s opening goal. They continued to play like a good unit, with their midfielders distributing some telling passes to the strikers. Their solitary goal came in the 37th minute when Mulisa Mudau beat the keeper with a ground cutter. The score was 1-1 at half time.
Dipeni came back strongly in the last half. They took the lead in the 49th minute when Rudzani Thabo scored from a free kick. Rotondwa Mutsivhuli of Dipeni missed a sitter moments thereafter. He shot wide from inside the box, with the keeper already beaten.
Dipeni strengthened their striking force by replacing Mukondeleli Makahane with Emmanuel Makhura. What followed thereafter was one-way traffic, with Big Five at the receiving end.
Rudzani Thabo was on target again in the 64th minute. This after the keeper of Big Five fumbled the ball. Thabo completed his hat trick moments thereafter. He received a beautiful pass from Rotondwa Mutsivhuli and blasted in a rocket from the 25-meter area.
Rotondwa Mutsivhuli scored the sixth nine minutes towards the end of the game. A substitute, Emmanuel Makhura, was on target on the stroke of full time. He beat the offside trap and unleashed a close-range ground cutter.
Ofhani Vele of Dipeni heads the ball away.
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.