Gaborone United (GU) once again failed to pick maximum points when they were held to a thrilling 3-3 draw by visiting ECCO City Greens at Molepolole Sports Stadium on Saturday afternoon. ┬á
It was a game in which once again GU supporters went home disappointed after their heroes squandered a 2-0 lead to end up sharing the spoils. The draw leaves the Reds three points behind log leaders Mochudi Centre Chiefs going into the last two games of the year.
GU have collected 29 points from 13 games and have two more assignments against Prisons XI (December 22) and blood rivals Township Rollers (December 26) before wrapping up 2012. ┬áIt was the Reds’ fourth consecutive draw something which has seen some quarters questioning head coach David Bright’s tactical awareness.
According to some commentators, they are not some surprised that some supporters doubt a manager of Bright’s caliber since they (supporters) are known to be spoiled. Despite all the noise about Bright, GU secretary Herbert Letsebe fails to understand why some people are panicking.
“It’s a blessing in disguise that we had to drop points now because there is still time to recollect ourselves. If we were left with three games before the season ends, then I would be worried. Right now, we’re just three points behind Centre Chiefs and anything can happen. Chiefs can also go through the same rough patch and we take advantage,” said Letsebe.
He pointed out that he would be worried if they were not creating chances during their games. Under Bright, GU official believes that his club has improved tremendously and they are looking forward to a bright future with their gaffer.
“It’s a concern that we tend to give away goals to opponents but I have no doubt that the technical team is addressing it. Against ECCO, we were killed by the inexperience of our young goalkeeper (Neo Kenalemang). Some of the goals he conceded I feel that could have not been the case if Noah (Maposa) was there,” Letsebe continued.
Maposa sat out of the game due to suspension but he will be available when they take on rookies Prisons XI at SSKB Stadium on Saturday. “We stand by our coach and we’re not going to let anyone dictate terms to us. He (Bright) has brought a lot of professionalism to the team something which the previous coaches failed to do. Our players are always on time and that’s the discipline which will help the team going forward,” he added.
Letsebe appealed to the GU supporters to continue rallying behind the team even when the chips are down.
Meanwhile, Chiefs continued with their good start to the season when they hammered Motlakase 4-2 away in Selebi-Phikwe. The win ensured that Magosi open a three-point gap at the summit of the table. Chiefs play host to Uniao Flamengo Santos in Molepolole on Saturday before wrapping their first round fixtures with a tricky away fixture against BDF XI in Maun on December 27.
This weekend Chiefs will be without their Zimbabwean-born head coach Madinda Ndlovu who lost his little brother Adam in a car accident on Saturday. His other brother Peter who was travelling with Adam is hospitalized in a stable condition. The Ndlovu brothers are reported to have been travelling from Bulawayo to Victoria Falls when the accident happened.