Gaborone United posted a much improved performance when they beat FC Satmos 3-0 in a Mascom Top 8 quarterfinal match which was played at Selebi-Phikwe Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Goals from Ronald Chikomo, Benson Shilongo and Powell Abednico sealed the victory for the Reds in this first leg tie.┬á
Despite the win, GU assistant coach George Mogopodi said that there is still a lot that needs to be done for the technical team to be satisfied.
“We need to work hard on converting because we failed to score from open play. If you look at all our goals, they came from a set piece play. At the present moment we can’t complain much because a number of players are still trying to settle into the team. Once everything is sorted I want to believe we’ll be a much better side,” said Mogopodi.┬á
He pointed out that it was good for his side to score three goals especially that they were playing away from home.
Satmos goalkeeper Kagiso Tshelametse feels they could have done better if they had not conceded stupid goals.
“It is important to be on our toes when we play bigger sides like GU which use every chance to punish you. On the day we failed to come to the party and I fail to understand what could have been the problem. We created chances but failed to convert,” said Tshelametse.
He pointed out that the strong wind on the day also made life difficult for the two sides to play the kind of football they would have liked.
In a bid to come back into the game, Satmos’ head coach Kgosietsile Jacob brought in their talisman Lovers Mofokeng and Katlego Mpoeleng but the move failed to bear fruits as they were kept at bay by the GU defence led by Thabiso Khunwane.
The sides meet in a return leg scheduled for November 9 at Molepolole Sports Complex. “Anything is possible in a game of football. We can go to Molepolole and reverse the score but that will depend on whether we’ll be having that hunger to proceed. A game of football is all about scoring goals,” Tshelametse added.
Meanwhile, last season’s finalists Township Rollers managed to return home in smiles after thrashing Motlakase 3-1 at Serowe Complex on Friday night in a match which was playing under an electrifying atmosphere.
It was left-winger Kobamelo Keibaikanye who stole the limelight scoring a brace for Mapalastina.
The other goal came through controversial circumstances with Jerome Louis accused of using a hand to guide the ball into the net.
Substitute Lapologang Motlogi scored the consolation goal for the visitors. The second leg will be played at the National Stadium on November 11, kick off set for 8.30pm.