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New boys Richards Bay rewrite their own history. 3 games and no goals conceded

Richards Bay FC had the odds stacked against them when they took on Sekhukhune United at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday evening.

The team sheet had some notable omissions, specifically at the heart of the defence.

Last season’s captain, Siphamandla Mtolo is months away from his knee rehabilitation and he was joined during the week by pivotal players Simphiwe Mcineka and stand-in captain Katlego Maphathe, who both suffered knocks in the previous game.

Matches are meticulously planned, from the travel and accommodation requirements to the pre-match warm-up.

This proved a disaster on Saturday, with the stadium floodlights malfunctioning, resulting in a delayed start of some 90 minutes. Incessant light rain also didn’t help matters.

The darkness totally disrupted the preparation – and it showed when the teams eventually hit the park, having presumably warmed up then cooled down then having to again heat and stretch the muscles and hamstrings.

It was third rate football for some time, with NRB absorbing plenty of tap and then having the horror of seeing main striker Somila Ntsundwana stretchered off clutching his leg after 15 minutes.

Yanele Mbuthuma joined the fray from the bench but there was no end to the loose passes that couldn’t find a man.


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