Thursday, August 18, 2022

GU’s title hopes take a major knock

Gaborone United (GU)’s chances of winning the be-Mobile Premier League were dealt a major blow a major blow when they suffered a 1-0 defeat away to BMC in a Premier League game which was played before a paltry crowd at the Lobatse Sports Complex on Saturday afternoon.

BMC striker, Sageby Sandaka, came back to haunt his former employers when he scored under a minute from kick off.

It was a day where the Reds failed to stamp their authority on the game, leaving their supporters frustrated.

GU may yet regret third loss of the current campaign if they end up not winning the title. The shocking defeat to Ezinkomo leaves the Reds occupying the fourth spot with 48 points, five adrift of log leaders Township Rollers.

The Reds started the game with their new recruits, Thulani Moyo and George Mubita leading the attack but they failed to put up a solid performance on the day. Moyo limped out of the game at the start of the second half. Despite defeat, GU interim coach, George Mogopodi, said that they need to show character in the remaining games.

He pointed out that his charges were casual at the start of the game hence they conceded that early.
“We regrouped after conceding the goal but we failed to get the goals. What made things more difficult for us is that we did not click in the midfield. Honestly we did not do ourselves any justice against a team which I think were not that strong,” said Mogopodi.

He added that they need to soldier on in the remaining games and hope that the worst happens to the other sides chasing the title.

BMC head coach, Chicco Nare, was delighted that they collected the maximum points as it will help his side in their endeavour to get clear of the relegation zone. The Lobatse side are lying on the 10th spot with 29 points. “The win has boosted our confidence going into the remaining games. We knew that losing to GU would put us under immense pressure especially with the other teams below us pick maximum points. Our organization was very good considering that we were playing against a team which is very strong,” said Nare.
He said that in the second half they had to deploy Sandaka into the midfield in a bid to contain the pressure from their opponents.

While Nare is happy with the win, he is worried by the number of chances they failed to convert.
Both Sandaka and Boitshoko Zikhale had chances to stretch the lead but fluffed them.

“Our finishing has to improve in the upcoming games,” he said.

The Reds shift their attention to their game against Police XI at Molepolole Sports Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Police XI have proven to be unpredictable and GU have to be prepared for another tough battle.
On Sunday, BMC face another tough assignment when they visit log leaders Township Rollers at SSKB Stadium in Mogoditshane.


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