BDF XI’s fine form continued this past weekend as they claimed the valued scalp of Mochudi Centre Chiefs during their Mascom Top 8 first leg encounter this past Sunday. Just a day after another local giant, Township Rollers, suffered a 4 – 1 drubbing at the hands of Gaborone United, it was Magosi, as Chiefs are called, who were at the receiving end as they lost by the same score line against BDF XI.
In the opening minutes of the encounter, it was Chiefs who threatened more, courtesy of troublesome wingers, Phenyo Mongala and Galagbwe Moyana, who both shot narrowly wide in the first.
However, it was BDF who had a first shot on target a few minutes later, forcing Chiefs’ shot stopper, Mompoloki Sephekolo, to concede a corner. From then on it was an end to end affair for both sides with no clear chances created.
A comedy of errors played in the 18th minute as Sephekolo spilled a mis-controlled ball from the BDF players, sparking a frantic clearance from Chiefs’ defence. Magosi should have grabbed a lead a minute later when their burly striker, Jerome Ramatlhakwane, was played through in what seemed an offside position but the striker’s few seconds of hesitation saw him fluff the chance when one on one with Michael Pepukani in BDF goal.
Magosi were made to rue the missed chance in the 34th minute when BDF’s marksman, Mokgathi Mokgathi, found himself one on one with Sephekolo and lobbed the ball over him to give Matebele a lead.
Chiefs, however, responded five minutes later as Mongala netted from close range following good work from midfielder Dirang Moloi. The goal was enough to ensure the two sides went to recess on equal terms.
From recess, it was all about Matebele as they piled pressure on Magosi. The boys from the barracks kept Sephekolo on his toes and the stopper had to fist a fierce strike from Saukani Zulu in the 56th minute. Moments later, BDF should have taken the lead on the 60th minute only for striker, Lemponye Tshireletso, to waste a chance with only the goalkeeper to beat.
Matebele’s incessant attacks paid dividends a few minutes later when Zulu was pushed in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Ofentse Mmipi then stepped up and converted the penalty.
With the match getting out of grasp, Chiefs then substituted Pontsho Moloi for Moyana but the substitute failed to spark the game. Things went awry for Magosi in the 59th minute when Mmipi pounced on a rebound ball to extend Matebele’s lead and stun the vociferous Chiefs’ supporters into silence.
Mmipi was not done with Magosi as he skipped past Chiefs’ defender Arnold Chaka and pulled a pass into the box for Tshireletso to pierce the hearts of Magosi and extend BDF’s lead to 4 – 1.
Matebele could have increased their tally over Chiefs in the dying minutes but their wayward finishing ensured the score remained the same at the end of the game.
As with Rollers, Chiefs now have a mountain to climb if they are to overturn the deficit and progress to the final of the Mascom Top 8. The weekend’s loss piled more misery on the already hurting Magosi who have now lost three games on the trot and conceded eleven goals, scoring only one in the process.
The lucrative Mascom Top 8 tournament semi finals second leg encounters continue in a fortnight.