Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Gunners ‘handcuff’ policemen in Moleps

Extension Gunners started off their Be MOBILE Premier League championship campaign with a 2-1 win over Police XI in an entertaining game played before a disappointing crowd at Molepolole Sports Stadium on Sunday afternoon.  

But it was a lucky escape for Lobatse giants as the Jungle Kings played better football.

Even Gunners head coach, Maxwell Moyo, admitted that the Jungle Kings were a better side as they dominated the midfield. It was the introduction of midfielders Tebogo Sebina and Betsho Pius which made all the difference forcing their opponents to defend in numbers.

“We were lucky to win this game because they (Police XI) played better football than us. We only had our captain (Ofentse Mmipi) trying to make things happen for us in the middle,” said Moyo.
He further pointed out that if he had two international midfielders Marshal Machezani and Laundry Tchape available, they could have made a difference.

The two foreigners had to watch from the sidelines as their work permits have not been processed, something which frustrated the technical team. “You need to have all your best players available to win games but there’s nothing I could do. I just hope they’re available for the next game (against TAFIC),” continued Moyo.

Gunners will have to sort out the permits as soon as possible as they have daunting assignments in the coming weeks having to face TAFIC, Township Rollers, BDF XI, BMC and Mochudi Centre Chiefs  in their next five games.  The Premier League office announced on Monday afternoon that Gunners-TAFIC game has now been moved to SSKB Stadium in Mogoditshane on Saturday afternoon.

Initially, the game was to be played in Lobatse but due to the unavailability of stadium in the town, it had to be moved.

As much as Moyo might have been disappointed to miss his key midfielders, he can take solace from the fact that his defence did a marvelous job on the day.

Debutants Kabo ‘Branco’ Molokwane and George Mponiki had a brilliant game at the heart of the defence whilst another debutant Boitshoko ‘Bayi’ Zikhale combined well with Hendrick Moyo upfront. Zikhale and Moyo had Police XI rearguard in sixes and sevens whenever in possession, especially in the first half.

On Sunday, Police XI started off strongly and scored in the second minute of the game through David Makakaba but Mapantsula responded with a brace from Moyo before halftime to take home maximum points.  

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