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Sport - Date: 24 May 2018
Written by: Frank Mavhungu / Viewed: 443
Last weekend was an ugly one for the MMK Administrators Soccer League Stream H champions, Berea FC, as they dropped four points in the two matches they played.
Berea shared the spoils with their neighbors, Anel Real Vikings, when they played to a goalless draw at the Zwigodini grounds on Saturday.
Their match on Sunday was against Tshilamusi Super Eagles, and they lost 1-3 at the Tshilamusi grounds. Elias Ranyaoa scored their solitary goal against Super Eagles.
Their game on Saturday against Real Vikings kept the fans at the edge of their seats to the bitter end. The first 15 minutes were characterized by dangerous tackles as the players tried to frustrate one another.
The referee, Mr Eric “Khathikhathi” Munyai, calmed the situation by flashing three yellow cards in quick succession. Ndaedzo Netshivhongweni of Real Vikings was the first player to go into the referee’s book. He tackled Madzanga Tshiruma illegally in the 12th minute. His team mate, Thabelo Rabambukwa, saw himself on the wrong side of the football laws by handling the ball intentionally five minutes later.
Rophuluswa Mavhungu and Aubrey Ndou both of Berea were also booked towards the end of the first half. Mavhungu was warned for dangerous play, while Ndou was obstructing Lindelani Mudau. Vhonani Singo of Real Vikings was given his marching orders in the 59th minute. He used abusive language towards the referee and the whistle man took no time to flash red.
The game came to a halt for about 11 minutes. This after the players and officials of Real Vikings invaded the pitch and confronted the referee, accusing him of favouritism.
Berea introduced Edwin Ramphabana, who replaced Rophuluswa Mavhungu. Berea were also reduced to 10 men later in the game. Dakalo Ratshitanga was given his marching orders for dangerous play. The draw was good enough for Berea to be crowned the Stream H champions.
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Rophuluswa Mavhungu of Berea heads the ball away, while Nyandano Malinda of Vikings is focused and ready to attack.
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.