Mbe­suma pow­ers Mac­cabi FC to NFD pro­mo­tion

African Times - - Sports - MASHUDU SADIKE

Mac­cabi FC gained pro­mo­tion to the Na­tional First Divi­sion (NFD) af­ter the ex­pe­ri­ence of goal poacher Collins Mbe­suma ex­hib­ited at the New Peter Mok­aba sta­dium in Polok­wane, Lim­popo.

Mbe­suma scored a cru­cial goal as Mac­cabi were crowned ABC Mot­sepe League Na­tional Play-offs cham­pi­ons, sub­se­quently beat­ing Mpumalanga’s TS Sport­ing 5-4 on penal­ties.

Both clubs, which locked horns as a cur­tain raiser for the Cosafa cup tour­na­ment fi­nal be­tween Zam­bia and Zim­babwe, will com­pete in the NFD in the new sea­son by virtue of reach­ing the fi­nal.

Mbe­suma (34) did not play in the group-stage matches but was only un­leashed in the semi-fi­nal clash against Dol­phins, where his goal and two as­sists pro­pelled the Gaut­eng-based side into the fi­nal.

In the de­cider, the ex­pe­ri­enced striker net­ted the equaliser be­fore scor­ing the win­ning penalty af­ter the game had ended in 1-1 stale­mate.

Mac­cabi, who are un­der the tute­lage of for­mer Kaizer Chiefs de­fender Mokete Tsotetsi as their head coach, qual­i­fied for the playoffs as Gaut­eng ABC Mot­sepe League cham­pi­ons.

Madoda Motha, along­side Man­gaung United’s Dikotso Ma­baleng and Thobani Mthembu of Umvoti FC, fin­ished as the tour­na­ments’ top-scor­ers with three goals each. The trio shared R100 000 prize money.

Hav­ing pre­vi­ously turned out for the likes of Jomo Cos­mos and Free State Stars, Motha is a sea­soned cam­paigner and his ex­per­tise helped Mac­cabi win the com­ple­tion to start its cam­paign in the sec­ond tier next sea­son.

“The pres­ence of Motha and Mbe­suma was key for us. Their ex­pe­ri­ence helped the team a lot. What I like about them is that they also guide and ad­vise the young­sters,” Tsotetsi said.

He added that Mbe­suma still had that drive and hunger and that he still wanted to win things, ex­pe­ri­enced as he were.

“He is still hum­ble and will­ing to take in­struc­tions from the tech­ni­cal team. I en­joy coach­ing these guys [Mbe­suma and Motha] be­cause they lis­ten,” Tsotetsi said

Tsotetsi is op­ti­mistic that he’ll still be the men­tor when the team em­bark on their NFD jour­ney next sea­son.

“We will have a meet­ing with the man­age­ment some­time next week. I am pos­i­tive that they’ll keep me.

“We have to plan for the NFD but we have no pres­sure,” noted Tsotetsi, whose side walked away with R1mil­lion prize money.

Tsotetsi’s team beat Lim­popobased Dol­phins FC 3-1 at the Oscar Mpetha Sta­dium in Mankweng two weeks ago.

Hav­ing come on as a sec­ond half sub­sti­tute with the team level at 1-1, Mbe­suma scored one of the two goals that led to the Gaut­eng club qualifying for the NFD.

TS Sport­ing beat Free State’s Man­gaung United 5-4 on penal­ties in the other semi-fi­nal match last week.This sees Mac­cabi and TS com­pet­ing in the NFD next sea­son.

Pic­ture : Le­bo­gang Mak­wela/Visu­alBuz­zSA

Mac­cabi FC cel­e­brates af­ter they gained pro­mo­tion to the Na­tional First Divi­sion (NFD) at the Peter Mok­aba sta­dium.

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