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Sport - Date: 28 June 2019
Written by: Frank Mavhungu / Viewed: 1331
Mpheni Home Defenders will represent the SAFA Vhembe Regional League in the provincial promotional playoffs to be staged at the Jane Furse Stadium in Sekhukhune this weekend.
Home Defenders beat Madridtas FC 5-3 in the final of the MMK Administrators champ of champs at the Makhuvha Stadium on Sunday.
Home Defenders were presented with R60 000, a floating trophy, gold medals and soccer kit during a ceremony at the stadium shortly after the final whistle. Madridtas FC received R45 000, silver medals and soccer kit during the ceremony. The keeper of Madridtas, Rudzani Mmbengeni, received the best goalkeeper’s award during the ceremony.
The player of the tournament award was presented to Home Defenders midfielder Emmanuel Mphephu. Hector Mulaudzi of Home Defenders and Ndolivhuwa Nthambeleni of Madridtas received the top goal scorer’s award. They scored four goals each.
Although they missed two clear chances in the opening minutes, Home Defenders did not lose their fighting spirit. The first Home Defenders’ player to cause an upset was Dakalo Nwanamidwa. He fumbled with the ball next to the goal line until he lost possession.
Madridtas took the game to their opponents after introducing Gift Nemutandani and Maanda Munyai for Sipho Masia and Israel Baloyi. Madridtas were the first to blow the trumpet. They were awarded a free kick in the 25-meter area. Nganea Nenguda beat the keeper with a half volley from the free kick to bring the half-time score to 1-0.
A substitute, Hector Mulaudzi, scored the equalizer for Home Defenders late in the game. The winner was determined through a penalty shootout as the score was 1-1 at the end of the regulation time. Home Defenders converted four of their five chances while Madridtas scored two from the white spot.
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The captain of Home Defenders, Ndaedzo Mareda, receives his team’s cheque from the president of SAFA Vhembe, Mr George Kubayi (left), while Mr NT Thavhiwa from Home Defenders (right) and the chief financial officer of MMK Administrators, Ms Khano Benadie, look on.
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.