Black Poison proved they weren’t strong enough to deliver a mortal blow to Malandela Mighty Heroes who ended their three-season undefeated domination over fellow countryman Alex.
Malandela completed his record treble with a 1-0 win in the much-awaited but aptly named Tsunami derby that ran out only goals on April 2 at the Alexandra Stadium.
The goals should have come from Poison had his forwards retained the composure they showed in their previous game against another Alex side, Amajananda.
In that match, Poison were a totally different team and scored five goals that would surely have sent shivers down Malandela’s spine.
Malandela’s winning goal came courtesy of Ashley Simons’ perfect strike just before the half-time break. Malandela could have easily scored two goals if the referee hadn’t denied them what appeared to be a clear foul on Tebogo Sebotha inside the box.
Had Poison been clinical in front of goal, particularly key culprits Dimakatso Nkabane and Luyolo Mzalamba, the 4th Avenue side once called Beirut, named after the ANC-IFP wars before the 1994 Democratic vote, would have won the ‘tsunami’ hands down.
Typical of a derby, tempers flared shortly after the first whistle when coaches on both sides exchanged nasty words and the referee had to stop the game to calm them down. As if that weren’t enough, Malandela’s coach Vincent ‘Young Master’ Rammoni received a red card from the referee for his constant admonishments with the linesman.
He spent the final quarter of the game in the stands, only to return after the final whistle to lecture this reporter on a host of rules of the game which he claims were violated by Poison with the apparent complicity of the referee and his linesman.
But curiously, the two technical benches agreed that the refereeing left a lot to be desired. “I was disappointed with the level of officiating which I thought was below average,” said Poison coach Andrew Matjila.