Dream home start for AmaTuks

Posted on August 22, 2015

In their first match at home, played at the Tuks Stadium on Saturday, 22 August, a brace from Khethukuthula Zwane helped a 10-man AmaTuks team to a 3-0 win against Polokwane City earning them their first points.

In the 31st minute Katjijere was awarded a free kick inside the centre circle and quickly chipped the ball to Nyondo in the penalty box. The latter then passed it to Zwane, who succeeded in slotting it into the top right corner from outside the penalty box to score the first goal of the match. Ten minutes later Zwane doubled the lead after again receiving the ball just outside the penalty box and this time his shot was a grass-cutter that slipped past Konopi on the left. At the half-time break it was evident that AmaTuks, with a two-goal lead, was the stronger of the two teams.

At the start of the second half Polokwane City immediately launched an attack. Substitute Shiba caught the AmaTuks defence napping and his kick from the edge of the penalty box hit Arubi's right hand. In the 57th minute substitute Nyathi played a long-ball that found Nyondo. The keeper came out of his area, clearing the way for Kebede, who was staring at an empty net, but the linesman had his flag up for offside.

In the 68th minute Kebede beat the offside trap inside the penalty box, but did not take the shot. He passed the ball to Nyondo, who delayed his shot and ended up being dispossessed.

In the 73rd minute Ntombayithethi latched on to a through-ball down the middle and ran towards the lone centre-forward, passing Nyondo on his right. Nyondo chipped the ball over the keeper who had come off his line, but Mbonani backtracked and was able to kick the ball away before it crossed the goal line.

In the 84th minute a forward long-ball found Nyondo in the penalty box. Nyondo chested it to Mnyamane, whose grass-cutter beat Konopi, passing on his right-hand side, and gave AmaTuks their third and final goal. In the 88th minute captain Monyai received a yellow card after holding back a City attacker. It was his second booking in the match and he was sent off the field for an early shower.

AmaTuks XI: Arubi, Monyai, Jaure, Mwedihanga, Mngqibisa, Ntombayithethi, Zwane, Katjijere, Nkoana (Nyathi 59'), Nyondo (Bacela 87'), Kebede (Mnyamane 83')

City XI: Konopi, Molekwane, Mbonani, Tshilo, Masenamela, Nene, Bogere (Jacobs 76'), Maluleke, Tlolane, Ngobe (Shiba 45'), Ndou (Mncwango 65')


- Author Pearl Mosoane

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