Fighters Beat Santos to Play-Offs

| April 13, 2015

Mogoditshane Fighters are through to the promotional play-offs after beating Uniao Flamingo Santos 1-0 in a Debswana First Division South league match played at the Sharps Ground on April 11.

Santos should have themselves to blame afterr failing to make it to the play-offs given that they needed a draw from the match to finish in second position, but gave Fighters that position on a silver platter.

Again, Santos were a better side in the first half as they pilled pressure on Samba Boys. They also enjoyed more ball possession, but luck was not on their side as some of their attempts hit the wood work, with Fighters at times reduced to spectators.

The game went to half time with the score still goalless, and after half time Santos continued to search for an elusive goal. However, in the 55th-minute their goalkeeper Tshepo Kgotlamotho made a schoolboy mistake which gave Fighters the goal that was easily converted by Thamiso Gagoangwe.

The goal changed the whole complexion of the match as Santos poured forward in search of the equaliser while Fighters started parking the bus to deny their opponents any chance of posing threats to their goalkeeper.

Disappointed Santos coach, Innocent Ranku said they had better scoring opportunities than Fighters but could not convert them hence they were punished and in the event failed to qualify for play-offs.

“But I think the ball that hit the up-right was a clear goal, it is only that the assistant referee delayed. But all in all without taking anything away from Fighters who also fought on the day, (they) were lucky from our goal keepers mistake,” he said.

Fighters’ coach Mpho Mabogo said his team failed to execute its game plan in the first half.

In other games, Jwaneng Galaxy drew 3-3 with Prisons XI, Lesirane City drew 1-1 with Sharps Electrical, Killer Giants beat Modipane United 1-0, while Rolling Boys and Black Forest played to a goalless draw.

The match between Black Peril and Ghanzi Terrors was postponed because Peril were attending a funeral of one of their players.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Sports

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