Wanderers keep their top spot

2016-03-16 06:00
Log leaders African Wanderers with referee Xolani Sibisi at Melville Sports Field where the boys in blue crushed Shayamoya United 4 - 1. Photo: Makhosandile Zulu

Log leaders African Wanderers with referee Xolani Sibisi at Melville Sports Field where the boys in blue crushed Shayamoya United 4 - 1. Photo: Makhosandile Zulu

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AFRICAN Wanderers held on to their top spot at the KwaDukuza Local Football League stream 1 by thrashing bottom placed Shayamoya United 4 – 1 in their last encounter in the first round at Melville Sports Field on Sunday.

Sphamandla Masuku put unbeaten Wanderers in the lead with a cracker of a goal scored from a corner in the 10th minute of the game.

The first half was dominated by Wanderers with their opponents failing to keep possession.

United’s performance in the opening minutes of the second half showed determination.

However, Wanderers took control of the game well into the second half and extended their lead with a goal from Sbu Mkhabela in the 15th minute.

Mpilo Mthembu put Wanderers 3 – 0 ahead within minutes of Mkhabela’s goal when he netted a third goal for his side. Mthembu was not done yet, though, because moments later he scored his second goal.

United’s captain, Africa Zulu, was red carded in the 20th minute which added salt to an already wounded side. Zulu handed the captaincy armband to Mnotho Nsele.

Nonetheless, the side managed to pull one back in the 25th minute when Vincent Ncube placed a penalty awarded to United in the back of the net.

At the end of the game, Wanderers’ coach Mandla Mthembu said: “I am not happy with the players’ performance; it was not up to their usual standard. However, we are happy about the three points.”

United’s coach, Nxumalo criticised his side for lacking focus, failing to keep possession and converting opportunities into goals. “At the start of the game we were playing well but as the game progressed we slacked and did not capitalise on the few opportunities we had. The boys quickly lost concentration and they did not show any commitment. We will work on our marking and also on how they can become more decisive players,” said Nxumalo.

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