Thursday, May 30, 2024

Matebele get the better of Chiefs again

BDF XI head coach Letang ‘Rasta’ Kgengwenyane has hinted that planning for their top-of-the table be MOBILE Premier League clash against Mochudi Centre Chiefs was the most difficult task for him ever since taking over at Matebele. The weekend’s clash was marred by controversy as BDF XI went to court on Friday afternoon to challenge Botswana Premier League’s decision to postpone their game to tomorrow in order to pave way for Magosi to take on Kaizer Chiefs in an international friendly game which was played on Saturday night.

The army side won the case which was held at the Lobatse High Court when it was ordered that the BDF XI-Chiefs’ clash which was billed for SSKB Stadium in Mogoditshane on Sunday go ahead as scheduled in the fixtures. Despite the confusion over the game, Matebele put up a strong performance to hammer Chiefs 2-0 in a game which was played under high temperatures. It was Chiefs’ third loss of the season something which has added more pressure to their Kgatleng giants in their bid to defend their league title.

“It was not easy to plan for this game because of the issues which were happening off the field in the build-up. It was something beyond the control of us (technical team) but we tried by all means to keep the boys focused. It was going to be good for us if we were to rest today following our defeat to GU in midweek,” said Kgwengwenyane in a post-match interview. He pointed out that as soon as they learned that their game would go ahead, he had to psyche his players.

“I know the potential of my players and I never doubted that they can do the job. Chiefs are a strong side and we had to be on our toes throughout the game. We needed to have someone who will keep their dangerman (Elvis) Meleka because once you let him control the midfield Chiefs become dangerous,” Kgwengwenyane added. The pair of Ndiyapo Letsholathebe and Moreetsi Mosimanyana were a marvel to watch in central defence as they kept Chiefs’ strikers Bonolo Fraizer and Onalethata Tshekiso quiet the whole afternoon. Letsholathebe later limped off the field due to harmstring injury but the job was already done.

The win ensured that Matebele remain at the summit of the log with 26 points from 11 games. It was a deserved win for Matebele after they were held to a goalless draw by Township Rollers before they went down 1-0 to Gaborone United (GU). BDF XI opened the scoring through the header of Saukani Zulu in the 26th minute before left-back Otlaantshekela Mooketsi hammered the final nail in the 78th minute. After the goal, BDF XI’s supporters erupted into song and dance.

BDF XI chairman Boikanyo Addanes who could not hide his happiness following their win over Chiefs said, “we’re happy that the game went on as per the schedule. I want to make it clear that we’re not fighting Chiefs. In fact, we have a healthy relationship with Chiefs. What we were contesting in court is that BPL should have consulted us if they wanted to postpone our game. The game was important to us because it might decide where the league title goes.” On the issue that his side may face the wrath for Botswana Football Association (BFA)’s matters to court, Addanes said they will cross the bridge when they get there. “We have made lots of consultations before we went to court. I don’t think we’ve done anything wrong in going to court. BDF XI take on Uniao Flamengo Santos in their next assignment at Molepolole Sports Complex on Friday night.


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