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Sport - Date: 13 February 2020
Written by: Frank Mavhungu / Viewed: 1081
Tshakhuma RO Nandilani (TRON) proved beyond doubt that they are serious about escaping the relegation axe when they beat Ollesdal FC 2-0 in their ABC Motsepe League match at the Tshisaulu Mmbengeni Kone grounds on Saturday.
This was the second consecutive victory for TRON after they beat Ablex United 4-0 two weeks ago.
The visitors from Polokwane demonstrated a spirit of commitment in the first 15 minutes of the game, but their original stamina vanished with time. Although Ollesdal lost shape in the middle of the park as the game progressed, their right back, Rudzani Munyai, remained a live wire. Munyai was everywhere, creating dangerous moves from behind, while at the same time playing as a right winger.
Realizing that their defence was leaking, TRON effected the first change to their starting 11 some 18 minutes into the game. They replaced Lufuno Mulaudzi with Gift Nemutandani as a way of stabilising their midfield. Nemutandani formed a good combination with Maboho Nevari and Ndivhuwo Makhado in the middle of the park.
TRON took the game to the visitors soon afterwards, but no goal was seen until the referee blew the half-time whistle. TRON continued to enjoy ball possession in the last half. Their opening goal came in the 49th minute. Dakalo “Akonkwo” Nemakonde received a neat pass from Gift Nemutandani in the 25-meter area and ran straight to the keeper before unleashing a half volley from inside the box.
Ollesdal realized that it was not their day when they were reduced to 10 men moments thereafter. Thabo Mangena was given his marching orders for handling intentionally. TRON capitalized on the setback and increased the margin through Maboho Nevari in the 68th minute. He beat the keeper with a long-range half volley.
TRON moved two steps up on the log, following the victory. They are now in the 10th position.
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.