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VIETNAM : Mpande wonder strike wins it late for Hai Phong

SINAN RAJUB SENOGA

• Thanh Hoa 0-1 Hai Phong

Joseph Mpande Mbolimbo scored the lone goal as Hai Phong defeated Thanh Hoa 1-0 as the Vietnamese V.League kick off over the weekend.

Mpande expertly struck from about 25 yards in the 82nd minute of the game that was seemingly destined for a barren draw.

The former Vipers captain controlled the ball with his left thigh and initiated a thumping right footed shot from a distance which proved to be a winner.

This is Mpande’s second season in Vietnam since moving from Myanmar early last year.

Hai Phong are third on the table but on the same number of points with Moses Oloya’s Hanoi FC.

Oloya played full-time in Hanoi’s 4-2 win over Nam Ha Nam Dinh on Saturday.

Godfrey Baba Kizito played full-time as Than Quang Ninh lost 1-0 at Hoang Anh Gia Lai.

Mpande and his Hai Phong teammates will open up match day two with a home fixture against QNK Quang Nam on Friday 13th March.

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