Forrest Squander Opportunities

| April 13, 2015

Debswana First Division South side, Black Forrest have themselves to blame as they squandered opportunities in their game against Rolling Boys which ended with a goalless draw over the weekend.

However, their hopes for second position in the league depended on a game between Mogoditshane Fighters and Uniao Flamengo Santos. A draw between the two and victory for Forrest could have seen the latter qualifying through goal difference aantage. At the end of the day, it was Fighters who qualified via a 1-0 victory.

The game between Rolling Boys and Forrest played in front of a good crowd at SSG grounds on Saturday, had all the ingredients of a thriller as the former stood their ground hence called “bo masenyeletsa”(spoilers) as they took the game to their opponents.

Rough play and referee’s questionable decisions nearly spoilt the game with players from both sides playing hard tackles. Several times, the referee left handballs and even rough tackles were not called prompting players to retaliate and were scolded for lack of discipline.

In one incident, Rolling Boys’ Omphile Madala received a yellow card after he retaliated. An agitated Forrest supporter could not hold his temper but stopped at the touchline to complain against Rolling Boys’ play.

That was after one of the players stomped on the face of a Forrest player who had gone down after a tackle. Both the referee and his assistant did not see the incident hence Forrest supporters felt their players were not protected.

Sensing that Forrest would need victory and would therefore be attacking, Rolling Boys were more defensive although at times it was porous. Forrest were also cautious hence did not send more men upfront.

Their quick breaks from the back and long balls upfront were troubled Rolling Boys’ defence and goalkeeper Mpho Ramodimo had to be alert.

With neat exchanges, Forrest could have scored but an undecided or confused Kago Phuthego shot aimlessly with only the goalkeeper to beat.

He had his two teammates on a three against one situation and while everyone thought he would pass to the left, a quick wrong decision saw him wasting a golden opportunity.

Several minutes later, Forrest had an opportunity and yet again, a miss kick from Pako Ipotseng saved Rolling Boys.

Towards the end of the first half, Ramodimo made a brilliant save to stop Phuthego’s shot while at the other end, goalkeeper Israel Kealeboga bravely pounced on the ball as Rolling Boys sought to cause an upset.

In the second half, the two teams continued where they left with love lost such that players were castigated by the technical staff for fair play. It is a practise that one team to kick the ball out of play to enable a player from the opposing side to receive medical attention.

However, players were called to continue playing and at times it worked against them when their players were injured but the opposing side continued playing. As the game progressed, it became evident Forrest’s hopes for playing in the promotional play-offs disappeared with every tick of the clock.

One would have expected to see frustration on their faces but they remained determined and continued to press forward. Kealeboga was saved by the cross bar after he was beaten by a long range shot and to his relief his defenders came to his rescue after the ball returned to play.

Forrest had an opportunity in the dying minutes but the ball ballooned over the bar and it was to be the last action of the day.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Sports

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