Rinaye Madzhuta of TRON hooks the ball, while Sakhile Mathabo of Madridtas is on his heels.
While Madridtas FC are in a celebratory mood, following their 2-0 victory over Tshakhuma RO Nandilani (TRON) in their ABC Motsepe League match at the Tshisahulu Mmbengeni Kone Sports grounds on Saturday, TRON are gravely worried about their future as an affiliate of the ABC Motsepe League.
Madridtas are currently leading the pack, while TRON are lying in the second-last position on the log.
Unlike in their previous matches, where TRON played defensive football, even at the time when they were trailing, the Tshakhuma side showed the log leaders no respect from the onset to the end. At one stage the keeper of Madridtas, Thabiso Mabitsela, was compelled to perform overtime duty to deny the TRON strikers what everyone thought were sure goals.
It took the visitors from Polokwane 27 solid minutes to open their account. Martin Nsimba beat the TRON keeper, Khuthadzo Mukomafhedzi, with a close-range header. Realizing that their diminutive striker, Maboho Nevari, was not coping with the tempo of the game, they replaced him with Moses Makungo.
Madridtas looked happy with the 1-0 lead as they played defensive football for the remaining part of the first half. At that stage, TRON were unstoppable as they were dictating terms within the visitors’ territory.
TRON effected two more changes to their starting line-up in the last half. They introduced Rendani Liguluwa and Mulalo Mukhithi for Thembuluwo Rambau and Ipfi Tshinavhe respectively.
TRON were more dangerous in their attack after the replacements. Thabiso Mabitsela, the keeper of Madridtas, denied Rinae Madzhuta a sure goal in the 79th minute. Mabitsela stretched to the limit to palm Madzhuta’s half volley away for a corner kick. Madridtas increased the lead via Kabelo Maredi six minutes before the final whistle. He tried his luck with a long-range volley.
Date:04 April 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.