Moatlhaping Wins It for Gunners

| April 13, 2015

Moemedi ‘Jomo’ Moatlhaping’s late header on Saturday April 11 ensured victory for Extension Gunners in a tough be Mobile Premier League game against Motlakase.

After sitting back for the lion’share of the first half, Motlakase Power Dynamos were the first to open the score sheet through a lucky attempt by Lapologang Motlogi in the first half, something Gunners, who had enjoyed a passing game, should chalk down to experience.

However, Gunners right winger, Emmanuel Machinya ,who was too much for Motlakase rear guard manned by goal poacher turned defender Jomo Bolofete, stormed out of two defenders and delivered a ball across the mouth of goal that was tapped in by Thabiso Mabachi to level the matters a few minutes before recess.

After a protracted end to end second half battle and both teams seemingly destined for a draw, experience and stick-to-itiveness saw Moatlhaping who had never stopped searching for goal, catch the generally inexperienced Dynamos on a weak moment to beat them where it hurts the most. Realising that young keeper Daniel Kedidimetse was off his line, Moatlhaping dipped the ball to give his team the much needed 2-1 win.

Gunners had lost 1-0 to Orapa United mid-week and drew 0-0 with rivals BMC the other week. Although they won, Gunners attack had lacked fire power and was often times indecisive in front of goal.

They had enjoyed ball possession but never quite tested Kedidimetse. The absence of Topo Piet and Pako Modikwa, both laid off injured, compounded the problem.

Meanwhile the arrival of Gunners coach Calvin Petersen might revive former Gaborone United right back Gabriel Bokhutlo’s career. Bokhutlo, who seemingly lacked match fitness yesterday, had if anything, very little game time during former coach Draglojovic Stanoljovic’s reign.

It also remained to be seen how the team which is now in dire financial straits survives, after blowing their P1 million sponsorship before the close of the season.

While he was happy to pocket maximum points, Petersen was quick to acknowledge that his charges were good on the passing game but still lacked urgency in front of goal. “Our finishing is still not up to par yet, we need to reinforce our strike force and start scoring goals.

We are still building and it takes time but our main target for now is to finish within the top 8 bracket and take it from there next season,” he said.

Dominique Changwe on the other hand said his boys had an upper hand in the first half and should have finished off Gunners. He said his charges were largely inexperienced and lost the game due to last minute glitches.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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