Date:09 December 2016 - By: Frank Mavhungu
Gwamasenga United Brothers secured a place in the next round of the Total Soccer Challenge by beating Tshakhuma RO United 6-4 at the Tshisaulu Magenge grounds on Sunday.
RO approached the game like a house on fire, but their stamina vanished after scoring their opening goal in the 14th minute.
Their left winger, Ranae Madzhuta, beat the keeper with a header, following a square pass from Mulalo Mukhithi. The keeper of Brothers, Ritshidze Tsanwani, was warned with a card for obstructing the keeper. Brothers failed to find the equalizer in the first half, despite numerous scoring attempts. The equaliser came nine minutes into the second half. Mmbangiseni Muedi beat two defenders and sent the keeper the wrong way.
Brothers took the lead in the 64th minute. Muzikanyise Sithole blasted in a rocket, following a corner kick by Lindelani Mudau. The keeper of RO, Khuthadzo Mukomafhedzi, watched helplessly as the ball hit the back of the net.
RO replaced Emmanuel Mababo with Lindelani Mbedzi as one of their many ways to neutralize the opponents. They were awarded a penalty after Aluwani Mundalamo handled the ball within the box. Ndivhuwo Makhado caused an upset by shooting wide from the white spot. United did not stop fighting, despite Makhado’s blunder.
They finally found the equaliser six minutes before the final whistle. Avhakholwi Mugodi was on target with a half volley. Aluwani Mundalamo of Brothers and Ndivhuwo Makhado of RO were given their marching orders for exchanging blows inside the field of play.
The winner was determined through penalty kicks as the full-time score was 2-2. Brothers converted four while RO managed to score only two.
Ipfi Muthubi of RO United hooks the ball, while Khakhathi Mukatuni of United Brothers 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.