Tam­buti stun ‘Wes­lians’ with 2-0 vic­tory

Sunday Observer - - SPORT - BY SIBU­SISO DLAMINI

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SOC­CER – Lubombo based side Tam­buti yes­ter­day stunned hub giants Manzini Wan­der­ers thrash­ing them 2- 0 at the Mavuso Sports Cen­tre yes­ter­day.

The Nyanga ‘Crooks’ Hlophe led side started the match on a high and looked ready for the kill as they wel­comed back hard-work­ing Nige­rian born striker Kola Aladeon. The Nige­rian for­ward didn’t dis­ap­point as he cre­ated the first real chance of the match two min­utes into the match. The ma­roon and white out­fit were at it again 10 min­utes later and this time came from the left through Sicelo ‘Ju­nior’ Sime­lane who drib­bled past two de­fend­ers be­fore re­leas­ing a sting­ing shot that hit the side-net. Tam­buti also proved to have a solid game-plan as they soaked in the pres­sure, be­fore strik­ing back with the counter-at­tack.

They should have opened the scor­ing through Cap­tain Mpen­dulo Ngidi whose inch-per­fect cross went past Banele Dlamini, who was man­ning the Wes­lians post.

Si­fiso Matse should have done bet- ter in the 50th minute when Kola picked him front the left flank but he failed to con­trol the ball, and the op­po­si­tion de­fence cleared.

Sicelo ‘Ju­nior’ Sime­lane also came ag­o­nis­ingly close in the 22nd minute when he played a quick one-two with Lwazi Shana Maziya, but his shot hit the bar. As Wan­der­ers sent num­bers for­ward, and dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion, they left space be­hind and Tam­buti took ad­van­tage and scored the opener against the run of play through a header by Ngidi.

Si­fiso Matse thought he had equalised in the hour mark when he found the back of the net but was ruled off-side, much to the in­fu­ri­a­tion of the throngs of Wan­der­ers faith­fuls.

Tam­buti nailed the fi­nal nail in the cof­fin in the 67th minute through sub­sti­tute Sim­phiwe Lushaba who fin­ished with an easy tap in a Musa Kunene cross on the left flank.

THE TEAMS

Manzini Wan­der­ers Banele, Lihle, Mtho­bisi, MaKhosi, Sihle, Lwazi, Sicelo, Jose, Kola, Si­fiso, Dombo

TAM­BUTI

Mkhulisi, Si­bon­iso, Si­bonelo, Thobani, Mlandvo, Machawe, Zwakele, Mcon­disi, Si­manga, Ngidi, Molina.

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