Kebatho Leads Young Zebras to Victory

| April 27, 2015

Sankoyo Bush Bucks forward, Omaatla Kebatho, led the National Under 23 team to a convincing win against Kenya in an emotionally charged CAF Championship qualifier in Lobatse on April 24.

Kebatho scored a brace to see the Young Zebras register a 3-0 victory against the compact Kenyan side. The Young Zebras came back looking for an early goal in the second after the Kenyans had dictated terms in the first half. A pass from Kabelo Seakanyeng was enough for Kebatho to deliver the first goal early second half.

The goal proved to be a turning point for the Young Zebras who had sat back far too long in the first half. The goal thus gave them poise to fight to the end. The visitors had intimidated Young Zebras with a physical approach to the match that saw Tapiwa Gadibolae leave the pitch with an injury in the opening minutes.

The Young Zebras took the game to the Young Harambe Stars through Mpho Kgaswane and were rewarded again within a space of five minutes through Onkabetse Makgantai who had intercepted a pass from a Kenyan defender.

A few minutes before regulation time, Kebatho put the game out of reach for the Kenyans. He had snatched the ball from mid park, passed to the right winger and ran into the box to give his side a 3-0 win.

Kenya boasted two international players being Antony Mbungua who play for Apoel Tel Aviv of Israel and Louis Misiko of OGC Nice in France. Coach Bobby Williamson who is also in charge of the senior national team said they could still come back to win the qualifiers.

“If they can score three goals against us here we can also score four at home,” he warned. Williamson on one hand complained that his boys were tired of waiting three hours before the game.

Zebras coach Keitumetse ‘Pio’ Paul was nonetheless confident that his charges would protect the lead away from home. “We had actually wanted to beat them 4-0,”he said.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Sports

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