Sunday, September 27, 2020

Fighters relegated

It is now official; Mogoditshane Fighters have once again been relegated to the First Division.

It became clear when they lost by 3-2 to seemingly new kids on the block, Miscellaneous in Lobatse. Fighters needed to win the game to keep themselves in contention for the Premier League. It was clear from the onset that Fighters were desperate for points but fluffed one golden opportunity after another.

Surprisingly for Fighters, they started the game without some of their top players who were on the bench.
Star striker Mandla Mgadla, Charles Mositwane and Martin Serumola did not start the game and by the time they were introduced it was too little too late.

For several years, Fighters have been fighting tooth and nail in the relegation zone. About four seasons ago, they were relegated and came back the following season. In that season, they avoided the axe in the very last game but this season they went down again.

Somewhere something is wrong in the team.

On the other hand, Miscellaneous’ march into Premiership soccer can only be halted by a miracle.

After the Fighters game, they had one leg in the Premier League. Their near rivals were Jwaneng Comets who, before press time, had to play two games: one being against the former today in Lobatse.

For Comets to make it they had to win yesterday’s game against Fighters with a convincing margin. In addition, they also had to defeat Miscellaneous with also an avalanche of goals.
Miscellaneous, on the other hand, needed a draw provided Comets won yesterday.

But if Comets lost or drew against Fighters, then Miscellaneous are automatically in the Premier League.

Against Fighters it was also clear from the word go that Miscellaneous meant business. Fighters were all over them and they easily absorbed pressure and got them on the counter attacks.
Miscellaneous broke the deadlock on the 28 minute through Opans Leeme, who cut through the Fighters defence and easily slotted the ball in.

Two minutes into the second half, Miscellaneous increased the tally through star striker Emmanuel ‘Petit’ Thakadu. He also overran Fighters defence and unleashed a scorcher that left Fighters goalie, Michael Rapukani, sprawling on the tuff.

Fighters then reduced the deficit through Mandla Mgadla deep into the second half.

Thirteen minutes from full time, Miscellaneous scored the third goal through Edwin Tshimologo from a penalty spot.

When people thought the game was over, Fighters pulled one back in the dying minutes, also from a penalty scored by Bakang Onneetse.

If Miscellaneous indeed make it, it will be a worthwhile mission because they failed last year in controversial playoffs.

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