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Sport - Date: 20 April 2017
Written by: Kaizer Nengovhela / Viewed: 479
Muraleni were crowned as the new champions of the Sinthumule/Kutama Easter tournament when they beat Tshiozwi in the final match played at Vhuilafuri Stadium on Sunday.
Shortly after the start of the match, the over-eager Muraleni team demonstrated some unnecessary rough skills, but the referee calmed the situation by reprimanding Bashin Livhalani with a card. This happened after Livhalani had brutally tackled Aluwani Nedzamba from behind.
The keeper of Tshiozwi, Marvel Mauda, made his presence felt in the 24th minute. Muraleni were awarded a free kick just outside the box. Rendani Mathavha unleashed from the set piece and Mauda braved the hot shot and executed a brilliant save.
The captain of Tshiozwi, Musiwa Mutandari, was lucky to get away with only a yellow card. He handled the ball intentionally, but the referee felt for him as he flashed a yellow card.
Muraleni missed two clear chances in the 74th and 76th minutes. Firstly, Ballo Mathavha shot wide from close range after receiving a neat pass from Godwin Mahuwa in the 79th minute. As if that was not enough to stir up the fans, Mathavha caused another upset three minutes thereafter. He released aimlessly from outside the box, much to the disappointment of the team’s supporters.
The goal that clinched the championship for Muraleni was scored by Rhulani Maringa. He headed home a corner kick taken by Bashin Livhalani in the 80th minute.
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Mpho Mavhandu of Tshiozwi is in control of the ball, while Godwin Mahuwa is chasing him.
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.
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