Zwidofhela “Ndoro” Musandiwa of United Brothers (right) and Pfunzo Ratshili of Happy Boys in a tussle to win the ball.
Zwidofhela “Ndoro” Musandiwa of Gwamasenga United Brothers was a marvel to watch when his team beat Duthuni Happy Boys 1-0 in their MMK Administrators Soccer League match at the Gwamasenga grounds on Sunday.
Ndoro scored the all-important goal that earned United Brothers three league points.
The game was equally contested in the first 20 minutes, with the teams creating and wasting scoring opportunities. It took Happy Boys eight minutes to realize that it was not their day. Their playmaker, Kenny Mukwevho, received a neat pass from Khathutshelo Muvhali just outside the box. Instead of moving a few steps forward, Mukwevho chose to try his luck with a half volley from the edge of the box.
The ball missed the target by inches, much to the fans’ disappointment. That was a wakeup call to United Brothers. They regrouped from behind, initiating some promising moves from the middle of the park.
The boys were separated from men in the 26th minute. Ndoro Musandiwa went loose from the right corner, went straight to the box and unleashed a ground cutter. Khathutshelo Muvhali, the Happy Boys’ keeper, watched helplessly as the ball went beyond his reach.
United Brothers strengthened their striking force by introducing Kabelo Mulaudzi and Mulweli Malada 10 minutes into the last stanza.
Ndoro came close to scoring a brace in the 60th minute. His close-range attempt hit the crossbar and bounced outside the field of play.
The referee, Mr Masala Mathoma, flashed only one card in the game. Aifheli Malange was reprimanded for tackling Ndoro Musandiwa the rough way. Happy Boys effected two changes later in the game, but that did not change the complexion of the game.
Date:30 January 2020 - 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.