Leopards, Ubuntu in draw

Swibela Mhlengi of Ubuntu protecting the ball from Mwape Musonda.

LIMPOPO – Leopards played entertaining football from the onset, but their strikers were unlucky.

Marubini Manyane, the Leopards right flank, missed an opportunity in the ninth minute after he beat two Ubuntu defenders in a row, only to cause dismay by shooting aimlessly from inside the box. The ball went far wide much to the disappointment of the team’s fans. Elim were the first to effect a change to their original line-up. They introduced Bornwise Mabasa and sacrificed Sydney Mamagau in the 17th minute.

Ubuntu opened their account in the 25th minute.

Chivavaro Ranga made no mistake after receiving a square pass from Ethen Sampson to bring the score to 1-0.

Leopards equalised through a penalty after the defender of Ubuntu, Temptation Chiwunga, handled the ball inside of his penalty area and the referee pointed to the white spot.

Mwape Musonda scored from the spot.

The referee flashed the first yellow card in the fifty fourth minute.

Patrick Mathatha of Tshikota Chelsea was warned for a late tackle on Khanya Gwala. They replaced Isaac Waseem, Ranga Chiviraro and Temptation Chiwungu with Sibanda Bukhosi, Tshepo Mosiatlhaga and Jesse Donn.

Leopards lost their shape in the middle of the park shortly after the replacement from Ubuntu. They were severely punished for that. Leopards increased the margin via Phathutshedzo Nange whose long range ground cutter was too hot for the Ubuntu keeper to handle.

Ubuntu did not lose hope despite trailing by one goal.

They continued to play like a team, initiating some promising moves from behind.

They reduced the deficit by one through Ranga Chivaro when he beat the keeper with a volley from penalty.

The keeper of Ubuntu, Buti Khoza, was given his yellow card for ignoring the referee’s whistle.

He kicked the ball away long after the referee had blown the whistle.

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Dovhani Nengovhela

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