One of Mikhado’s secret weapons, Nhlakanipho Lembede. Photo: Frank Mavhungu.
While the rest of the teams affiliated to the Limpopo Stream of the ABC Motsepe League will be engaged in their league activities this weekend, Mikhado FC will be singing a different tune. They will travel to Johannesburg where they will meet their counterparts from the Free State Province, Mathaithai FC, at the Daveyton Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
The winner in the match will secure a place in the last-32 stage of the prestigious competition, where they will stand a chance to compete with the teams campaigning in the DStv and GladAfrica Championship League.
Asked how much they knew about Mathaithai FC, the general manager of Mikhado FC, Mr Prince Manenzhe, stated that they knew nothing about the Free State side. He further indicated that they consoled themselves with the fact that they were an unknown quantity to Mathaithai FC.
Mathaithai’s head coach, Mr Festy Lothane, stated that what they did know about Mikhado FC was that the Limpopo side had participated in the promotional playoffs twice in a row. He said that although Mikhado had failed to make the grade in the promotional playoffs for two seasons in a row, they were clearly going to face a tough side.
This season is the first one for Mathaithai FC in the ABC Motsepe League after gaining promotion from the SAB League at the end of last season. Although this is their debut season in the higher division, Mathaithai are one of the league title contenders in their respective stream. They are lying in the fifth position on the log standings.
Mikhado beat United Artists 6-5 in their provincial final at the Makhuvha Stadium last Wednesday (10 November).
Date:19 November 2021 - 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.