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Sport - Date: 04 July 2019
Written by: Frank Mavhungu / Viewed: 370
Fans saw a feast of goals when Tshilonwe Young Bombers brutally walloped Belavhathu FC 6-2 in their semi-final match of the Boy Nemakonde KO competition at the Tshifudi Stadium on Saturday.
Belavhathu approached the game aggressively, but their original fighting spirit faded with time. One factor that lead to Belavhathu’s downfall was their failure to deal with the crosses from the Bombers’ wingers, Ronewa Mudau and Shadrack Mashaba.
Young Bombers took the lead in the ninth minute. Their centre forward, Douglas Zaba, was brought down within the penalty box, prompting the referee, Mr Mulalo Mubva, to award a penalty. Thonifhani Masikhwa blasted in a rocket from the white spot.
Bombers increased the lead in the 29th minute, when Mukandangalwo Nemutudi headed home, following a corner kick that was taken by Ronewa Mudau.
Belavhathu were reduced to 10 men nine minutes before the end of the first half. Their central defender, Hlaluko Matjelele, was given his marching orders after tackling Thonifhani Masikhwa from behind. The players then abandoned their positions and moved forward to add the numbers to the strikers. Their effort did not pass without a reward as they managed to pull one back in the 57th minute.
Matimba Vukea headed home after a corner kick that was taken by Moses Singo. Young Bombers increased the lead through Ronewa Mudau. He forced his way through the defence of Belavhathu and unleashed a rocket from inside the box.
Belavhathu’s second goal came via Hlonipho Matjelele. He blasted in a missile, following a scramble within the box.
Thonifhani Masikhwa scored the fourth for Bombers with a header. Belavhathu blamed their keeper, Mpho Mmbengeni, for the goal and replaced him with Ntshinyadzeni Mulaudzi. The effort was, however, not good enough to stop Bombers from scoring two more goals. Shadrack Mashaba and Thonifhani Masikhwa scored in the 78th and 84th minute respectively.
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Olympus Gaveni of Young Bombers (left) and Hlonipho Matjelele of Belavhathu wrestle to win the high 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.