Mukovhe Maphangwa of Cobra (right) and Neo Mufamadi of Kalahari wrestle to win the ball.
Kalahari Stars moved two steps up on the log standings after their 2-1 victory over Cobra Stars in their MMK Administrators League match at the Tshisahulu Mmbengeni Kone grounds on Sunday.
As for Cobra Stars, the weekend was one of mixed fortunes. The Tshisahulu side beat Duthuni Happy Boys 2-0 at the Duthuni grounds the previous day.
The Cobras’ poor performance against Kalahari seemed to have been a bitter pill to swallow to the team’s enthusiastic supporters. They demonstrated their dissatisfaction about the team’s starting 11 by shouting abusive words to the technical staff. They argued that two players, Athituwi Makhada and Fhulufhelo Tshikomba, should not have been part of the starting line-up.
The technical staff turned a deaf ear to the supporters’ demand throughout the first half. They succumbed to the pleas later in the last stanza. They replaced Tshikomba and Makhada with Thembuluwo Mabula and Khuthadzo Mashau respectively. At that stage, Kalahari Stars were already two goals up.
Kalahari’s opening goal came six minutes towards the end of the first half. Muvhuya Rasimphi gave the ball a final touch, following a scramble within the box.
Kalahari’s technical staff demonstrated their wisdom by introducing Tshilidzi Nepfumbada for Tshilidzi Mashavhathakha. Nepfumbada made his presence felt when he scored with a volley from the free kick.
Kalahari’s performance started to deteriorate afterwards, forcing them to play defensive football. Cobra Stars pulled one back through Khuthadzo Mashau late in the game. He forced his way through the defence of Kalahari before beating the keeper with a ground cutter. Cobra Stars are still in the sixth spot on the log, despite the defeat.
Date:24 January 2019 - 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.