Extension Gunners’ coach, Maxwell Moyo, could not hide his frustrations after watching his side being beaten 2-1 by their cross-town rivals BMC in a Be MOBILE Premier League game played before a bumper crowd at the Lobatse Town Council Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
It was Gunners’ second consecutive loss after losing 3-2 to BDF XI the previous weekend in Molepolole.
At the end of their derby on Sunday, the Zimbabwean gaffer seems to have had enough of his players’ attitude towards the game.
When referee Tirelo Mositwane blew his final whistle, Moyo stormed into the ground and gave his players a tongue lashing. Without doubt, Moyo is feeling the pressure, especially after he was given an ultimatum by the management to deliver or ship out.
“Something is wrong with this team and I’ll find out. We can’t continue playing like this because against BDF XI we were also disappointing. We create chances and we miss them; that’s not right. I’ve had enough and I can no longer hunt with someone’s dogs,” said a fuming Moyo as kids looked in disbelief.
When he walked off the pitch, some of the supporters tried to talk to him but he would not budge. An hour after the game, Moyo was seen having a serious meeting with his assistant Nelson Olebile. From a distance, it was clear that the meeting was not a good one.
Moyo can be pardoned for not hiding his disappointment as his side was lethargic on the day.
Ezinkomo dominated the proceedings for most part of the game and looked dangerous in the final quarter. On the Gunners’ side, only captain Ofentse Mmipi tried hard to make his team play but it was not good enough to make them grab the maximum points.
Zimbabwean midfielder Marshal Machidzani was woeful as he could not dominate the middle of the park.
In defence, Mapantsula’s quarters, Kenny Ramodisa and Canny Gaontebale, were exposed by the pace of BMC wingers.
The two goals BMC scored courtesy of Sangeby Sandaka came after they took advantage of poor defending by Ramodisa at left-back. When chances of scoring came, Boitshoko Zikhale, Hendrick Moyo and substitute Oteng Moalosi all missed.
To make matters worse, when Gunners were awarded a penalty in the 46th minute, Monageng Thaele shot wide to complete a miserable afternoon for Peleng Glamour Boys.
According to inside sources, Gunners’ chairman William Maboane had a lengthy meeting with coach Moyo where he was told he has to beat Mochudi Centre Chiefs this coming weekend or his future will be in tatters.
“The chairman was not happy at all, the coach tried to explain some things but it seems the chairman was not interested. It seems the management wants to fire him and I wouldn’t be surprised if he is relieved of his duties if we lose to Chiefs,” said a source.
Information reaching The Telegraph further indicates that Moyo has lost control of his dressing room and this makes it hard for the players to go all out during games. Against BMC, left winger Kgololo Leteane was supposed to start the game and ended up being on the substitute bench because he came late.
“This is uncalled for, that is why Kgololo had to sit on the bench. I understand that other players were not happy about his attitude and they made it clear to the coach,” another source said.
Meanwhile, Mochudi Centre Chiefs stormed to the top of the log after beating ECCO City Greens 3-2 in a closely contested match played in Lobatse on Saturday.
Chiefs have 12 points from five games.
BDF XI who are having a good season so far, continued their winning streak when they hammered newly-promoted FC Satmos 4-0 at the SSKB Stadium on Saturday. Under the guidance of Nelson Setshwane, BDF XI seem to be charged up to challenge for the honours this season. In a highly anticipated Gaborone derby, 10-men Township Rollers secured the bragging rights when they beat Gaborone United 2-0 at the UB Stadium on Saturday night. Goals from Sekhana Koko and Onalethata Tshekiso in the second half were good enough to send their opponents to the cleaners.
The following are the rest of the results:
Flamengo Santos 1-3 Nico United
TAFIC 2-1 Great North Tigers
Police XI 1-2 Miscellaneous
Notwane 3-0 Mogoditshane Fighters