Pas­tors’ foot­work proves too much for dee­jays

Talk of the Town - - Sport - TK MTIKI

THE Ne­mato pas­tors’ foot­ball team turned out to be a well-oiled machined on Satur­day af­ter­noon, de­feat­ing Nd­lambe FM pre­sen­ters’ team 10-5 at Gi­dana Stadium in Ndlovini.

The Nd­lambe FM pre­sen­ters left their stu­dio on Satur­day af­ter­noon for a dif­fer­ent kind of en­ter­tain­ment on the foot­ball field. Male ra­dio pre­sen­ters made up the team, while their fe­male col­leagues gave them moral sup­port. The game was broad­cast for those who could not make it to the stadium. Fac­ing them on the field were a team of lo­cal pas­tors from dif­fer­ent de­nom­i­na­tions, but they could only muster nine play­ers.

Even so, they pro­ceeded with the game. Both teams had a few play­ers who play in the Nd­lambe Lo­cal Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion. The game kicked off at 3.30pm. With two men down, the pas­tors dou­bled their ef­forts on the field, dis­play­ing early dom­i­nance and scored a goal in the first five min­utes. The ra­dio pre­sen­ters’ team launched a counter-at­tack but the ball was in­ter­cepted and played straight in to trhe path of Fire Nom­n­ganga, who buried the ball in the back of the net.

Nom­n­ganga was un­stop­pable and gave the Nd­lambe FM de­fend­ers a headache. Even though he was the lone striker he man­aged to score four goals, with one as­sist to his name. Mahlati killed off the ra­dio pre­sen­ters’ hopes when he scored two beau­ti­ful goals in the first half. The dee­jays went into half time trail­ing 5-0.

In the sec­ond half, Nd­lambe FM came on much stronger and dom­i­nated the first 10 min­utes. Philimon Njibana, who is a pre­sen­ter in the morn­ing de­vo­tion hour from 5am – 6am, scored one goal in the sec­ond half, giv­ing hope to the dee­jays that God was also on their side. His goal sparked off a flood of goals from both sides and the game was up for the tak­ing. Then Thabo Loli from the pas­tors’ team ex­tended their lead with two goals.

Nkosi­nathi Poni from Nd­lambe FM tried to re­store his team’s hopes when he scored two goals. Con­fi­dence seemed to have been re­stored when Sinethemba Pase also scored two goals.

The pas­tor’s team re­sponded by con­vert­ing their holy spirit into team spirit when Thokozani Mtiki and Joe Mag poured salt on their op­po­nents’ wounds by ad­ding two more goals to guar­an­tee their win. The fi­nal score was 10-5 to the pas­tors. The en­ter­tain­ment did not end on the field. Af­ter the game which ended around 5pm, play­ers from both teams were asked to head to Titi Jonas where they were sur­prised with sup­per.

Zoli Sakade, who is a pre­sen­ter and part of the man­age­ment team at Nd­lambe FM, said the main aim was to en­ter­tain lis­ten­ers and res­i­dents at large.

“We were only en­ter­tain­ing our peo­ple as we nor­mally do. But we wanted the play­ers to have some food af­ter the game and that’s the only dif­fer­ence,” said Sakade.

GAME OF FUN: Nd­lambe FM ra­dio pre­sen­ters played a friendly game on Satur­day against lo­cal

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