Saturday, June 22, 2024

Limping BDF XI downs GU to deny Zapata debut win

10 man BDF XI downed Gaborone United 2ÔÇô1 to deny new coach Rodolfo Zapata a win in his dugout debut. A goal apiece by Patrick Kaunda and Mosha Gaolaolwe each side of Thato Ogopotse’s goal were enough to cap off a bitter sweet day for Zapata and GU. 

While the Argentinean gaffer was clearly elated to make his bow in the beMOBILE Premiership, his charges’ performance on the day deflated what was supposed to be a joyous occasion. 

“Our performance was not the best. We tried from different ways but they (BDF XI) deserved to win,” Zapata surmised his team’s performance on the day. 

While the GU coach was optimistic his team is adapting well to his new regime against a spirited BDF XI at the Molepolole Sports Complex on Saturday, GU was a shadow of the team that convincingly stopped title favourites Township Rollers a week ago. GU started the game on the front foot, though their marksman Benson Shilongo wasted a chance they created just seven minutes from the first whistle. Things got even more promising for GU just 14 minutes into the encounter as BDF XI were reduced to 10 men after referee Leteng Magogwe sent off winger Keeagile Kobe for violent conduct. Following a tussle with Gosegonna Molapisi, the BDF XI midfielder jabbed Molapisi on the back, and the referee gave him his marching orders. It was however as good as it got for GU as Matebele upped the ante and eventually got the breakthrough they deserved in the 28th minute thanks to Kaunda. After GU centre back Godwin Osei Bonsu had fouled Khumbulani Madziba on the left wing, Koziba Tlhabano took the resultant set piece and floated it into the head of Kaunda, who headed past Michael Pepukani. GU however rallied back and pulled level on the 44th minute courtesy of Ogopotse’s tap, which ensured both teams went to recess with a goal apiece. From recess, both teams went at each other in search of a goal, but profligacy denied them. However, with three minutes of regular time remaining, BDF XI netted a goal. From a short taken corner, Sadiki found Tlhabano, who tossed it into the head of Gaolaolwe to head in his team’s winning goal. Commenting on the game, BDF XI coach Beston Chambeshi praised his team for their spirited effort despite playing the majority of the game one man down. “At half time, I told the boys that the game is still on. I asked each of them to double their efforts and I am happy they responded to that. You could see in the way they worked. They fought until the last whistle and we had a goal in the last minutes,” Chambeshi explained. 

Starting Lineups

GU: Pepukani, Bonsu, Thabiso Khunwane, Obonwe Maome, Molapisi, Ogopotse, Moatlhodi Ralesota, Shilongo, Karabo Phiri, Alphonse Modisaotsile, Tshepo Maikano

BDF XI: Mwampole Masule, Tlhabano, Pelontle Lerole, Keolopile Molemi, Gaolaolwe, Bitwell Phiri, Keleagetse Mogomotsi, Kobe, Sadiki, Kaunda, Madziba


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