DUT PMB GAVE DUT DBN FREE FOOTBALL LESSONS
By: Sihle Sikhakhane
The Durban University of Technology, Pietermaritzburg side thrashed their Durban counterparts at a University Sport South Africa (USSA) league match played at Indumiso Campus.
The hosts used the home advantage very well and were all over the visitor’s side that seemed to crumble under pressure.
Durban side conceded two early goals in the first half and if it wasn’t for their goalkeeper, Lihle Gumede who made crucial saves, they would have conceded more. The first goal for PMB girls was put in the back of the net by the skillful Sduduzo Dlamini. She was dangerous going forward as she was easily taking on defenders.
The pressure applied by the PMB side and the lack of communication between visiting team defenders and their goalkeeper led to a second goal scored by Silindile Ngubane.
The visitors had a chance to pull one back when they were awarded a free kick just outside the eighteen yard area but Captain Fanele Mhlongo, who had played very well wasted the chance.
In the second half, visitors tried their best to bounce back but PMB was too strong for them. The strong defense from PMB girls which was led by their experienced captain, Charlotte Mshengu, stood firm. DUT DBN’s Juliet Ngcongo, who scored three goals in their first league game against the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal Edgewood, did not have a good match and was substituted in the first half. Her place was taken by Dudu Ndabandaba who did not make an impact in the game.
Dlamini came back to seal the game with a wonderful goal making it three goals to nothing.
DUT PMB coach, Khetho Mncwango, only made two changes. He introduced Owami Sithole replacing first goal scorer Dlamini. Nonhlanhla Shabane came in for Zamandosi Ngcobo who also had a great performance.
A disappointed DUT coach, Thina Mbuli, said “My players did not play well at all and they looked scared. We are going to work on that and we have to go back to the drawing board and prepare for our next game.”
Captain Fanele Mhlongo said that the problem is that they played with new players who were unable to handle the pressure from the opponents. “For some of these players it was the first time they played DUT PMB so they couldn’t handle the pressure from this kind of match,” said Mhlongo.
The Banyana Banyana international, Charlotte Mshengu, said “We worked very hard preparing for this match as we knew that it’s always not easy to play against them. We had to make sure we win this game because we are still going to visit them in Durban and it is not going to be easy to win there.”