Limpopo's glorious football moment revived

 

By NAKAMPE LEKWADU

IT was the great weekend for Limpopo’s football lovers after the province’s three clubs registered victories and scoring a collective 11 goals in their respective league matches.

Ten of those goals were scored at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in the province’s capital, Polokwane. It all started on Friday when Baroka FC registered an away much deserved 1-0 victory over Chippa United in Phillippi, Cape Town during the National First Division (NFD) league match.

Gift Mutupa scored the all important goal to give the Limpopo side the victory that saw them moved to the fifth position on the log with 15 points from 10 matches and they are only three points behind second placed the same Chippa United who have 18 points from the same number of matches.

Limpopo’s glorious weekend continued on Saturday with relegated Black Leopards winning the 11 goals thriller at the expense of Maluti FET whom they beat 7-4 to bag the maximum points that saw them claimed the 6th position on the log with 14 points from 10 matches.

David Zulu was Lidoda Duvha’s toast of the day after netting a hat-trick with Abubakar Mumuni scoring a brace two.

The flood of goal at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium continued yesterday afternoon when newly promoted Premiership side, Polokwane City lambasted the visiting University of Pretoria 3-0 to  slightly moved from the danger zone to the 10th position on the log with 11 points from 11 matches.

The victories by these clubs has brought back the hope that Limpopo could return its glory days in the football fraternity which at some stage saw the province produced three clubs in the elite league in the likes of the demised Dynamos of Giyani, Black Leopards (Venda) and Silver Stars (now known as Platinum Stars).

The first club to be promoted to the bigger league was Mahwelereng Real Rovers back in 1994. The club which was known as Thiba was owned by tycoon, DJ Ngobeni who died shortly after the club was promoted and it went on to campaigned in the elite league until in 1997 before it was relegated to the lower division. Before its demise however, Thiba had produce some of the country’s best players in the likes of Gerald “Mgababa” Raphahlela, Andries “Local is Lekker” Sebola, Barned Bapela, Joseph “Stimela” Baloyi, Thapelo Liau, Sydney “Shikashika” Moshikaro, Sydney “Doctor” Malope  just to mention few who went on to make it big in their football careers with big clubs such as Orlando Pirates, Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Jomo Cosmos.

In the same mid-90s during Rovers’ campaigned in the elite league, another club in the same bigger league emerged in Venda in the name of Rabali Black Pool after the province’s other businessman, Peter Rabali bought Port Elizabeth’s  Michau Warriors before he could relocate the club to Venda.

 

It remain to be seen if football’s glory days can be restored in the province of Limpopo or things will get worse like it has been as witnessed by the demised of the once giant killing clubs.l 

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