Botswana: Rovers, United Share Spoils

| February 16, 2016

By Booster Mogapi

Mochudi - Derbies are the most difficult games any player can go through, as there is pressure to prove who the big boys are. Coaches say during derby games it is better to share the spoils than to lose especially in the second round of the league.

On Saturday, when Mochudi Rovers met their brothers Modipane United in Mochudi, there was failure by both teams to keep possession and gross fouls were committed.

The derby failed to rise to expectations, as the Kgatleng First Division South league teams did not bring anything to the game. Nothing can be written about the first half, as both teams could not create chances.

However, Mochudi Rovers scored in the first five minutes of the game, as Modipane United defence fumbled thereby allowing Rovers to score.

This sent jubilation and ecstasy to the team supporters who came in good numbers. Despite pressure mounting on Modipane boys they were able to equalise through a penalty in the 30th minute when Wame Kgosing was brought down and Thato Tumagole easily scored it.

Even though both teams performed below par, there were some outstanding players who controlled their positions despite lacking support.

Rovers' marksman, Emmanuel Moroke and captain Thabang Mosu led with distinction.

The second half went to both teams as they shared possession, however, a lot of opportunities were wasted as strikers failed to find the net. Modipane United should be grateful to their goalkeeper, Oteng Mogapi who remained solid throughout the game.

Kgosing showed maturity and dribbling skills and his pace gave Rovers defenders a headache. Mochudi Rovers coach, Thatayamodimo Tebele said their opponents came more prepared. He said he was worried over his team's failure to convert, adding that they missed a lot of chances.

Tebele said he would keep working with his boys as he believes they have what it takes to.


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