Gaborone United redeemed their pride and revived their league championships aspirations. This came after they beat second placed BMC 3-2 at Molepolole Sports Complex in a very entertaining and lively match on Friday night.
The loss by BMC is a big blow to their title aspirations because league leaders, Mochudi Centre Chiefs, might widen the gap to six points by the weekend.
Also, third placed Township Rollers stood a better chance of piping them to the second position, depending on how they played with Miscellaneous yesterday.
The victory by GU on the other hand comes at a time when they had lost two consecutive league matches against rivals, Township Rollers and BDF XI.
The match started at a high pace with both sides looking forward to take an early lead. But as the match progressed, it was GU that dominated in almost all departments. Finishing was, however, their main problem as they could not bury their clear cut chances.
BMC, on the other hand, was on the back foot for most of the time but were a real menace once they launched attack. GU was the first to break the ice, courtesy of a solo effort by the prodigal son, Sageby Sandaka.
Sandaka received a pass outside the 18 area and lobbied two defenders and unleashed a powerful shot that gave no chance to BMC goalie, Takudwa Ndoro.
GU then kept on surging forward for the second goal but fluffed their golden opportunities. Another brilliant solo run saw BMC pulling one back to equalize.
Speedy and skillful midfielder, Motsholetse Sikele, just lobbied the ball over GU goalie Noah Maposa. Sikele realized that Maposa was a bit offline and capitalized on that. The goal energized BMC and they came into the second half even more dangerous. It was not surprising when Zimbabwean international, Mandlekosi Sibanda, put BMC ahead 15 minutes into the second half.
Ten minutes later, BMC’s lead was short lived when Mandla Mgadla scored for GU after making a speedy run on the right flank. The third goal was scored by Sandaka, again by a header from a corner kick to help his team pocket the maximum points.
GU supporters were happy with the results after their last two consecutive losses. After the match, GU coach, Elvis Chiweshe, was also an excited man. He said they won because they converted chances that came their way compared to previous matches.
“In the matches we lost, it is not that we were not playing well. But we were unfortunate not to convert chances that we created. We will keep on working hard and hopefully in the coming matches we will keep on winning,” he said. On the issue of lack of consistency in the past matches, Chiweshe told Sunday Standard that it is because he is building a team for the future.
”The first press conference that I addressed when I came here I made it clear that I am building a team for the future. That’s what I am doing and I can tell you that in the next two years, this team will be untouchable,” he said.