Ecco, Notwane Share Spoils

| April 13, 2015

Francistown outfit, Ecco City Greens failed to hold on to their lead in both halves during their be Mobile Premier League encounter against Gaborone side Notwane in a game played at the Francistown stadium on April 11.

The two sides ended up sharing spoils in a two-all draw and this meant the two sides still found themselves as potential relegation candidates come end of the season.

Ecco were the first to draw blood early on the 8th minute when Kgosietsile ‘Radio’ Gaboratanelwe connected a rebound after his teammate Walter Moyo hit the cross bar with Notwane’s goalkeeper Itumeleng Selapa well beaten.

The goal however did not spoil Notwane’s mood on the day as they continued piling pressure through the likes of Lebogang Maswena, captain Odirile Kgaodi and Zebron Njobvu.

It was one of their attack plays that saw Njobvu get inside the box and laid a pass for his teammates, with right back Kereng Mpetang eventually hitting the back of the net on the 22nd minute, leaving Ecco goalkeeper Chamunorwa Madamombe helpless.

The two teams went for each other using wing plays and their midfielders failed to stamp their authority on the game, leading to both sides going to half time tied at one all.

In the second half, Ecco, affectionately called Mamoja Diskie by its supporters, changed tactics and tried to catch Notwane, alias Toronto, on counter attacks. Notwane were however not yet ready to watch the home team steal the show as Sithembile Mbuque managed to beat the goalkeeper and laid a cross across the mouth of the goals, but Njobvu could not connect to give his side the lead.

Gaboratanelwe meanwhile had other ideas as he put his side, Ecco, 2-1 up on the 50th minute to earn his brace after Notwane failed to clear. Notwane then had to dig deep as they made a double substitution on the 71st minute, taking out Langa Mabuli and brought in Kitso Tlhowe and also took out Mbuque and in came Diegang Mookamedi.

The change bore fruit moments later as Tlhowe’s scorching left shot found the back of the net, beating Madamombe on the 73rd minute to make it two all.

There was drama on the 83rd minute when Ecco captain, Malepa ‘Chippa’ Bolelang forced Notwane goalie, Selapa, to handle the ball outside of the 18 yard area in a one on one situation.

This was deemed to be denying an opponent to score through illegal means and the referee of the day, Joshua Bondo, reached for his red card, sending Selapa to an early shower.

Notwane then had to compromise and take out Njobvu and brought in reserve goalkeeper, Karabo Gaolebale to man the posts in the absence of Selapa.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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