Sunday, September 27, 2020

Chinese coach salutes Botswana players

Before the eight nation’s tournament in South Africa began, Botswana was seen as the underdogs and was bound to be the first country to pack their bags and return home. The boys, who are under the tutelage of Major David Bright, have since defied the odds and turned things upside down in group A. They are now the favorites after winning two of their opening games against Cameroon and South Africa. However, the much talked about game was the one against the much fancied China which Botswana won 4-0.

The results even shocked one of the world’s most experienced coaches, Ratomir Dujakovic, who is in charge of the Chinese team. After his team’s loss to Botswana, Dujakovic heaped praises and accolades on the Botswana team and singled out four players that he said were the engine behind his team’s demise. The four players he singled out were Kaone Molefhe, Tebogo Sembowa, Kekaetswe ‘Mara’ Moloi and Gobonyeone ‘Shoes’ Selefa. Dujakovic said Kaone was troublesome, especially with his pace which his defenders had difficulty in containing.

“That short guy (Molefhe) is a very good player and his pace and ball control is marvelous. I think in a few years time he can be a great player, but it was unfortunate for him because he got injured before we could see his true colours,” he said.

Dujakovis also said Sembowa’s combination with Selefa gave his midfield a torrid time. Sembowa was at times playing in midfield and at times surged forward in search of goals.

Dujakovic said most of the dangerous attacks were initiated by Selefa. He, however, had a word of warning to Selefa for his tackles, which he said are dangerous at times. After Molefhe was substituted, Moloi was brought in and scored two beautiful goals, which Dujakovic said were well executed. He said since Moloi came on, his defence was always back pedaling, resulting in Botswana’s work becoming easier in midfield.

RELATED STORIES

Read this week's paper

Sunday Standard September 27 – 3 October

Digital copy of Sunday Standard issue of September 27 - 3 October, 2020.