Being voted man of the match at international level is a dream of almost all footballers. But being voted in the regional tournament and for that matter for two successive times is an unbelievable achievement. The on going Council for Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA) tournament in Zimbabwe saw Botswana’s midfield kingpin, Pontsho Moloi, achieving what arguably could be one of his playing career’s highlights. He was chosen man of the match for the matches against Island nation, Comoros and Swaziland.
Against Comoros Botswana could not find the back of the net but Moloi was outstanding by delivering telling passes and crosses unfortunately the strikers could not convert. Against Swaziland Moloi played a vital role as he engineered what ended as the only goal of the match. He took an indirect free kick that ended up being scored by Ecco City Green, striker, Malepa Bolelelang. Moloi told Sunday Standard after the Sychelles victory that his outstanding play is mainly due to the professional set up he is currently exposed to, in the South African First Division League. He is currently playing for Port Elizabeth side, Bay United. “We have ample training time in South Africa compared to the time I was in Botswana. That gives me time to focus on specialists areas such free kicks and even penalties. Facilities in South Africa are also of high quality and that also plays a role in improving my standard of play,” he said. Moloi was also a contender for man of the match in the final group stage match against Seychelles but his younger brother Dirang was instead chosen.
Botswana won the match 2-0 and Pontsho Moloi scored the first goal while the second was scored by Bolelang. It was Bolelang’s scond goal making him one of the leading goal scorers of the tournament. For Bolelang it is also a major achievement because before COSAFA he had never scored for the country before. Even against Swaziland, which Botswana won 1-0, he came on as a substitute and scored a beautiful goal. He seems now to have gained confidence and the tournament could be the ideal opportunity to market himself.