Murendeni Mphaphuli of All Stars (left) and Hector Mulaudzi of Home Defenders chase the ball.
The MMK Administrators Soccer League promotional play-off game between Makovha All Stars and Mpheni Home Defenders, which was played at the Makhuvha Stadium on Sunday, was not played to the finish. Home Defenders were leading 6-0 when the situation turned ugly.
Makovha needed a draw in the match to finish on top of Stream B, thus securing a place in the final.
Home Defenders took the game to the Stars from the first whistle, giving the Stars’ defenders no time to breathe. It took Home Defenders only nine minutes to open their account. Hector Mulaudzi, who scored a hat trick in the game, was on target with a long-range half volley. Home Defenders increased the lead in the 24th minute when Mulaudzi dribbled past two defenders and beat the lone keeper with a ground cutter.
Home Defenders were leading 3-0 when the referee, Mr Eric Munyai, blew the half-time whistle. Their third goal was registered in Cyril Mareda’s name, four minutes before the teams adjourned for the break.
Things moved from bad to worse for All Stars in the last half. They conceded a fourth goal in the 57th minute. Mulaudzi completed his hat trick, following a square pass from Cyril Mareda.
All Stars missed a fortune in the 64th minute. They were awarded a penalty after Thomas Chauke was brought down within the box. Tshifhiwa Mmbooi shot wide from the spot. Thabo Mathusa scored the Defenders’ last two goals.
The last two goals for Defenders were an insult to the fans of Rockers FC. Rockers were leading the stream with a goal difference of 3 goals and when Defenders scored their fourth goal, it was impossible for them to digest. They started throwing various objects, including empty beer bottles and stones, onto the pitch. They later invaded the pitch, prompting the match officials to call the game off.
The teams that will meet in the losers’ final were also decided during the league’s disciplinary committee meeting on Wednesday evening, viz. Berea FC/Tshakhuma RO United and Rockers FC/Mpheni Home Defenders.
Date:16 June 2017 - By: Frank Mavhungu
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.