‘MPENDULO THE MENACE’ POISONS BULL

‘MPENDULO THE MENACE’ POISONS BULL

As he took apart the Mbabane Highlanders’ defence one piece at a time, patiently knocking on what initially looked an impenetrable wall until the cracks began to show, SuperSport commentator Phumlani Msibi, looking for the best words to describe Mpendulo ‘Mpetha’ Dlamini’s poison, settled for the moniker ‘Mpendulo the menace’. Sandile Gamedze and Phiwa Dlamini brought the heavy artillery that went through the middle of the Highlanders’ defence with
brute force, but it was Mpetha who caused the damage, the magical force through whose flank young Buffaloes found the holes to score their first three goals that put the match beyond the reach of the subdued bull. “It is Mpendulo Dlamini, on the right wing, who is causing the damage on the Highlanders defence – ‘Mpendulo the menace’. With the ball at his feet, Highlanders just cannot dispossess him,” screamed the veteran all-round commentator shortly after Mpetha collected the ball from outside his own half, dashed all the way across the centre before laying a perfect pass to the powerfully-built Dlamini who struck hard against Khanyakwezwe Dlamini, who desperately pushed the ball into Mpetha’s path. The former Men Unlimited F.C progeny finished with aplomb. Ndoda Mtsetfwa had put buffaloes ahead in the first half, only for his strike to be cancelled by Thabiso Mokenkoane from the penalty sport. “Mpendulo Dlamini slices through the Highlanders fullbacks with so much ease, he should be causing more harm, except his crosses are letting him down,” said Msibi, who was joint commentator with the Eswatini-born William ‘Cool Cat’ Shongwe. Just as he said it, Mpetha was set through on his favourite right wing from where he unleashed a vicious cross that kept the Highlanders’ goalkeeper rooted on his line, before it did a nasty swing inside
landing on the supercharged Sandile Gamedze’s feet. The attacking midfielder knocked it into Dlamini’s (Phiwa) path who controlled once before hammering into the middle of the net. ‘Mpendulo the menace’ had done it again, finding
his assist in a matter of minutes. 3-1. But even as Mpetha left the field of play, the relentless Buffaloes
opened yet other avenues of attack through Lindani ‘Rio’ Matsenjwa; this time through the left flank, where Gamedze found the fourth goal that turned what earlier looked like an evenly contested match to a rout. Coach Dominique Kunene was ecstatic after the match, eloquently explaining to SuperSport 10: “I am so happy with the manner the
players worked so hard for the team. It was good to see them executing the game plan as per our preparations. We worked hard on transitional play; and that’s exactly what they did. We had encouraged the players to cover the gaps created by our opponents with speed, especially if no teammates were available to play the ball to. It worked,” Kunene said, beaming with pride.

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