Cliffhanger encounter

2019-05-23 06:00
Nomzamo Primary School scored in the last minute of the game to level the score 1-1 against Umqophiso Primary School.PHOTOS: MZWANELE MKALIPI

Nomzamo Primary School scored in the last minute of the game to level the score 1-1 against Umqophiso Primary School.PHOTOS: MZWANELE MKALIPI

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Umqophiso Primary School’s under-10s are still licking their wounds after allowing Nomzamo Primary to score in the last minute of an exciting game between the two on Tuesday 21 May at Lwandle Sports Ground.

From the first whistle both sides showed great determination to win the encounter.

Umqophiso was the first to draw blood and scored the first goal of the match.

Within a few minutes Umqophiso scored another goal, which looked legitimate but was disallowed for being offside by the referee.

The teams went into half-time, with Umqophiso leading by a goal to nil.

Nomzamo made its intentions clear as they attacked relentlessly in search of an equaliser.

Just as the referee was to blow his final whistle, Nomzamo pumped the ball forward and landed to its striker.

The young striker made no mistake, putting the goal at the back of the net with ease.

Just after scoring the referee blew the whistle to end the entertaining game with a 1-1 draw.

Akhona Mbungu, Umqophiso coach, told City Vision he thought both teams had a fair game on the day.

“We accept the point we got from the game, though I thought we had a clear goal disallowed,” he said.

“But we are not complaining, for that is part of the game.”

Mbungu felt they made minor mistakes at the back, which also resulted in Nomzamo equalising.

He said they will go back to the drawing board to rectifying their mistakes for the next few games.

Sizamkele Xhego, Nomzamo coach, felt they had started the game well, but struggled along the way especially with the wind against them.

He explained: “Our boys didn’t shoot to the goalkeeper at all, which almost cost us the game. I thought we could have won the game, but I’m happy with the end result.”

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