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Sport - Date: 06 June 2019
Written by: Frank Mavhungu / Viewed: 460
Fundudzi United Brothers secured a place in the final of the MTG KO competition by beating Mukula Young Brothers 5-3 in their semi-final match at the Makonde Home Defenders grounds on Sunday.
The game was evenly contested, with the teams creating and squandering their scoring chances.
Young Brothers were the first to knock on the opposition's door. Their overlapping midfielder, Dakalo Masithi, was the first to cause an upset. He received a neat pass from Ndindedzo Rasalanavho and unleashed aimlessly from close range. The ball missed the target by inches, much to the fans’ disappointment.
As if that was not good enough to annoy the fans, Mpho Musehane committed a similar blunder moments later. He received a beautiful pass from Livhuwani Ndou and tried his luck with a half volley from the 20-meter area. Musehane suffered the pain of watching the ball go astray.
United Brothers used all their substitution chances in the last half. They replaced Khuthadzo Netshia, Pfarelo Netshidzati and Mphedziseni Nekokwane with Marvelous Ntsieni, Phuluso Nenzhelele and Khatha Tshililo respectively in the 64th minute.
Young Brothers responded by introducing Ndovhatshinyani Tendamudzimu for Zwivhuya Maginya moments later.
Young Brothers took the lead in the 74th minute. Their captain, Dakalo Masithi, beat the keeper with a ground cutter, following a square pass from Edzisani Tendamudzimu. Phuluso Nenzhelele scored the Young Brothers’ equalizer six minutes later.
The game turned lukewarm in the last 10 minutes as the teams played defensive football. The score line was 1-1 at the end of the regulation time and the winner was determined through a penalty shootout.
United Brothers converted four of their five chances through Mulaedza Rasuwa, Thabelo Ntshauba, Ndamulelo Muhashela and Awelani Mulaudzi, while Young Brothers scored only two from the white spot.
The fans and officials of United Brothers lift the team’s keeper, David Khakhu, as they celebrate the team’s victory. Khakhu saved two penalties in the game.
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.