Struggling Notwane’s goalkeeping department has once again come under scrutiny after they went down to Uniao Flamengo Santos on Sunday at Sir Seretse Khama Barracks.
Notwane lost the match 4-2 and some of the goals they conceded left a lot to be desired. Notwane could have won the match convincingly and it was not helped by the fact that they squandered so many golden opportunities that came their way.
Just as has happened in their previous encounters against Mogoditshane Fighters, Notwane goalkeeper made a huge blunder by conceding a very soft goal that he could have easily dealt with.
Last week, it was the experienced Barolong ‘Toldo’ Lemmenyane, but this time around it was former Under 23 goalkeeper, Itumeleng Selapa.
Selapa let in an easy goal to gift Santos, a team that was struggling to contain them for most of the time.
Selapa’s blunder reminded many Notwane supporters who came in their numbers of Lemmenyane’s blunder two weeks ago.
Lemmenyane gifted Fighters after handling the ball beyond the goal line and the referee did not hesitate to point to the centre spot.
The goal ended up being the winning one for Fighters who are slowly moving away from the relegation zone. The previous day on Saturday, Fighters beat fellow strugglers and Francistown-based side Tafic 2-0 despite being one man down for most of the time.
Notwane came into the Sunday match buoyed by their last week’s victory but their striking force, led by Dylan Chivandire, Tshepiso Molwantwa and Langson Sichola, let them down. Even in defence, there was a problem as another veteran, Khomari Mothuba, was a shadow of his former self as he had a hand in the third Santos goal.
Notwane was also unfortunate as they hit the post on two occasions with the Santos goalie at their mercy. Notwane are just two points away from the relegation zone and if they do not start collecting points in the coming days, they will be in trouble.