VFC’s lethal striker, Thabelo Tshikweta (left). Photo: Frank Mavhungu.

VFC and Magesi in Limpopo derby


This Sunday marks the end of the Motsepe Foundation Championship League programme for the current season. The two teams that will partake in the promotional playoffs and the team that will accompany Platinum City Rovers to the lower league will only be known after Sunday’s games.

Magesi have already been promoted to the DStv Premiership Division. Their promotion to the country’s elite league was confirmed when they crushed Milford FC 3-1 at Polokwane’s Old Peter Mokaba Stadium two weeks ago. Magesi will wrap up their league programme with a home fixture against Venda Football Club (VFC) at the same venue.

While Magesi will use the match as part of their preparations for a new life in the higher division, the game is a matter of life and death for the Thohoyandou side. Although they are lying in 11th position on the log, VFC still need at least one point to be on the safe side when it comes to relegation.

The head coach of VFC, Mr Duncan Lechesa, said that they were leaving no stone unturned in their preparations for the game as failure to grab at least a point might result in the team’s being relegated. He said that they were not going to underestimate Magesi for the simple reason that the Polokwane side had nothing to lose in the match.

The head coach of Magesi, Mr Clinton Larsen, did not concur with Lechesa’s statement that Magesi could relax on Sunday. He said the team had an obligation to maintain its pride. Larsen added that they would not have played to a 2-2 draw with Casric Stars at the Solomon Mahlangu Stadium in Siyabuswa last Sunday if they were not serious about the team’s pride.



Date:17 May 2024

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.

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