Kubo stun Major Chiefs in Zwifa Mayoral Cup finals

2016-10-26 06:00
Young Brothers skipper Nkosinathi Mnyakana receives a trophy from Zwifa secretary Phakamile Daca, Safa NMB president Monde Mhletywa, Safa NMB Women’s Soccer HOD Nomonde Makuleni and Zwifa president Mzikayise Chippa Quntu. Photo: SELBY MADIKANE

Young Brothers skipper Nkosinathi Mnyakana receives a trophy from Zwifa secretary Phakamile Daca, Safa NMB president Monde Mhletywa, Safa NMB Women’s Soccer HOD Nomonde Makuleni and Zwifa president Mzikayise Chippa Quntu. Photo: SELBY MADIKANE

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MAJOR Chiefs’ loyal supporters were astounded when their side went down 3-2 in sudden death play against Young Brothers after a 1-1 full time score in their Zwide Football Association (Zwifa) Mayoral Cup finals at Zwide Stadium on Sunday evening.

Brothers, who are popularly known as Kubo, are the Zwifa First Division League winners. They made history as they collected their second trophy of the season.

In addition, Kubo, who had been in abeyance for two seasons, managed to beat the unrivalled Major Chiefs.

In the mid-week semifinals Brothers earned a hard-won 1-0 victory over Bay Tigers in a gruelling game.

Chiefs had to sweat for their 9-8 win on sudden death over Shining Stars in their semifinals on Wednesday.

The two sides displayed top-flight football, with hordes of football enthusiasts keeping the Zwide Stadium abuzz.

Kubo’s excellent performance should be a wake-up call for the rest of the Zwifa sides to prepare their squads thoroughly for a fierce competition next season.

Brothers’ goalkeeper Zolisisizwe Nhele, who was the man of the match, was the busiest of the two goalkeepers.

The enterprising first half ended in a stalemate. Chiefs’ pacy right wing, Nkosinathi Ziwa, unleashed a powerful shot that separated the two sides.

Kubo replied with a late goal that was scored by Sinethemba Kelly, following Nkululeko Maqula’s cross that Chiefs goalkeeper Nkosana Nyathi failed to catch.

All the finalists received a full set of kit each. Kubo received a trophy and gold medals while the Chiefs settled for silver medals.

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