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