Dipeni FC, the current log leaders of the MMK Administrator League Stream I.
Dipeni FC were simply too strong for their rivals, Sambadou United Professionals (SAPRO) when they beat them 2-1 in a SAFA Vhembe MMK Administrators league match played at Tshitavha last Thursday.
The local derby was watched by an estimated 3 000 spectators from around Vhembe area.
The match was delayed for 15 minutes when the United captain lodged a protest with the referee alleging that Dipeni’s captain, Jerrey Mpofu, was not properly registered.
Dipeni were the first to open their account via Emmanuel Makhura in the 24th minute. Their second goal was an own goal by a defender of Sapro to make the half-time score 2-1 in favour of Dipeni.
Pfuluwani Mavhelwana of SAPRO received a well-cooked pass from Tshivhidzo Muthubi and scored his team's only goal.
“I am really proud of these boys. They really worked hard as a team throughout the match. We had two tactical approaches that I believe we applied really well,” said Dipeni’s coach, Mr Emmanuel Mutwanamba. “We knew what we had to do if we were to achieve something in this match. We are now looking forward to our upcoming match,” he said.
Mutwanamba said that they had been focusing on playing attacking football. He also thanked the supporters who helped the team realise its dream.
Tshivhidzo Muthubi, captain of SAPRO, said that the team must work hard on rectifying their mistakes as they prepared for their next match. “We lost last week and now we are really trying to work hard, so that we are ready for our next match,” added Muthubi. “It is about us now and what we want to do. We have to accept the defeat because it is part of football. We still have a chance of winning Stream I and playing in the promotional matches,” he said.
Date:28 March 2019 - By: Kaizer Nengovhela
Kaizer Nengovhela started writing stories for Limpopo Mirror more than a decade ago, in 2 000. Prior to that he had a five year stint at Phala-Phala FM as sports presenter. In 2005 Kaizer received an award from the province's premier as Best Sports Presenter. The same year he was also nominated as Best Sports Reporter by the Makhado Municipality. Kaizer was awarded the Mathatha Tsedu award in 2014.