25 April 2018 – Head coach of Mandebele Happy Fighters, Hendrick Kekana heaped praise on his side’s fighting spirit and ability to come back from two goals down to snatch a vital point against Moria Sweepers.
Two first half strikes from Olga Mmamabolo and Alphine Bopape saw the visitors go into the break with a healthy 2-0 lead but the hosts came back in the second half much stronger and found the back of the net twice and salvage a vital point at home.
Sweepers coach, Tau Modiba says they had a good first half but allowed the visitors to come back in the second half which cost them the three points.
“We were the better team in the first half and played good football through creating a lot of chances. We could have wrapped it up but they came out stronger in the second half and converted their chances” said Modiba.
Modiba also added that fatigue lack of fitness from not enough preparing enough has cost the girls dearly and will be going back to the drawing board to rectify where he got it wrong.
On the other hand, Hendrick Kekana was delighted by the way his team fought back and believes it will give the girls a huge boost in confidence with the biggest test of the season when they play the ruthless MaIndies Ladies FC who are sitting at the summit after collecting maximum points in their first three matches of the season.
“I have to say I’m very impressed by the girls mentality, going down 2-0 and then coming back to snatch a point, it’s a remarkable achievement, especially when you look at how raw and young these girls are. They have shown tremendous bounce back ability. Now we can look forward to the Saturday game with much better confidence levels” said Kekana.