Botswana: Ostriches Top 8 Champions

| April 24, 2016

Francistown - Orapa United Football Club are this year's Mascom Top 8 champions. This follows their 3-1 triumph over Township Rollers in Francistown on Saturday.

United players displayed poise and vigor as the first half kicked off and the speed of the game grew with both sides' spectators chearing their teams on.

United's Ronald Chikomo and Bonolo Fraizer visited Rollers' 18 yard area often taking the game to Popa-popa's defence with robust attempts.

The first half was physical as many fouls were committed with United's Patrick Motsepe being the first to receive a yellow card for a dangerous play in the middle of the park.

The referee called for half time with the board still reading nil-nil.

Ronald Chikomo opened the second half with a yellow card while Lemogang Maswena and Bonolo Fraizer broke the defense of Township Rollers with Mogogi Gabonamong being alert to cut down the attack.

The 65th minute marked the first goal of the game as a cross from Kobamelo Kebaikanye into United's box found Segolame Boy ready to slot it home past Mosimanegape Robert putting the happy people on the lead.

However, Rollers' lead did not overwhelm the Ostriches as they came out with guns blazing looking for an equaliser, and in less than 10 minutes after the Rollers goal Ronald Chikomo's bicycle kick found Kabelo Dambe in a critical position after he had missed to punch the ball out of the 16 yard area.

Rmathakwane was replaced by Terrance Mandaza and Kobamelo Kebaikanye by Sekhana Koko, whereas Ostriches' Patrick Lenyeletse made way for Thabang Sesinyi

A well taken free kick by Galabgwe Moyana found Robert well positioned which marked the end of second half and the need for an extra time.

Minutes into extra time Thabang Sesinyi put the second one behind Dambe to make it two for the Ostriches after a struggle in the box.

Less than 10 minutes after United's second goal Onkabetse Makgantai lured the defense of Township Rollers and picked a spot then flipped the ball over the misplaced Dambe.

In an interview with BOPA, United's coach Madinda Ndlovu acknowledged his players' character and said having been to the finals three times the results had to come at some point.

SOURCE: Botswana Daily News

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