Amavarara FC kick-started the ABC Motsepe soccer league on a high as the team faced off and beat Mount Ayliff-based Yakha United at the Dumpy Adams sports complex on Saturday.
Right winger Lwando Gxaba gave the winning team a second half lead, netting a goal 20 minutes into the half. Mathemba Kwaza registered a goal for the opponents. As pressure mounted, Khakha Velaphi netted a second goal for Amavarara, taking the final score to 2-1.
New Amavarara coach Thomas Tshabalala, who is a former Maluti FET College and Magesi FC coach, indicated that he had high hopes for the team. “Our boys did very well. The numerical superiority in attack was good. The essence of the game was on point. We outnumbered them on our preservation and our finishing zone. It was our day. We dominated the game. We should have beaten them 8-1. We are prepared to fight this season. If the speed of thought and play is there we are going to win and with my experience we will definitely go far,” said Tshabalala.
Yakha United coach Motlatsi Hloaisi said although the team had lost the game he was happy with the squad’s performance. “My boys put in a lot of effort, especially in the second half. We made mistakes and they punished us. Nonetheless I am happy with how the boys performed because most of them are new in the team. I thought we were going to be beaten 4-1 because it was the first match for some of our players and they were a bit fearful.”
Hloaisi said the team would work on their mistakes and put in the same energy they had in the second half.