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Sport - Date: 21 March 2019
Written by: Frank Mavhungu / Viewed: 234
Mudaswali United Brothers smoked no peace pipe with Khubvi Peace Makers, whom they narrowly beat 0-1 in their Thulamela Mayoral Tournament match at the Makonde Home Defenders grounds on Sunday.
Realizing that Peace Makers were beating them with pace, United Brothers played long, high balls from behind in a bid to neutralize the opposition. The effort was not good enough to force Peace Makers to do away with their original game plan as they continued to play their normal carpet football, initiating some promising moves from the middle of the park.
Peace Makers soon realized that it was not their day when their centre forward, Rabelani Rakhavha, went loose from the 25-metre area and caused an upset. Instead of relaxing on the ball and trying other possible ways, Rakhavha did the unexpected by unleashing aimlessly from the edge of the box. The ball went far wide, much to the fans’ disappointment.
Although Peace Makers lost their original stamina towards the end of the first half, their centre back, Zwavhudi Khavhadi, remained a live wire. Khavhadi was everywhere, marshalling his defence while at the same time playing as a midfielder.
It took the referee 39 minutes to flash the first yellow card. Ndivhuwo Netshaulu of Peace Makers was booked for tackling Phathutshedzo Dzebu in a rough way.
The goal through which United Brothers secured a place in the next round of the competition came in the 44th minute. Their centre forward, Fhatuwani Mbebana, received a neat pass from Mulalo Rasivhetshele and beat the keeper with a close-range ground cutter.
Peace Makers replaced Mafukasaga and Witness Rakuambo with Muvhuso Nevikili and Elekanyani Mbengeni respectively. United Brothers played defensive football for the better part of the last half.
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Phathutshedzo Dzebu of United Brothers kicks the ball.
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.