Friday, March 1, 2024

Sakala, Moloi score on GU debut

Gaborone United (GU) fans, clad in red and white colours, came out in droves on Saturday afternoon to witness their side hammer disjointed TAFIC 4-0 in a lukewarm be MOBILE Premier League game at the Francistown Stadium.

After a dull goalless first half, the Reds upped their performance in the second half and it was debut boys Makundika Sakala and substitute Pako Moloi who came to the party scoring a brace each.

Sakala was signed from Zambian giants, ZANACO FC, while Moloi was brought in from cross-town rivals Notwane during the January transfer window. Since their arrival, GU supporters have been longing to see them in action as they believed that they are the ones who would end their goal drought.

Throughout the second half, GU supporters on the western stand sang and danced as their side dominated the proceedings. It was not a convincing display from the Reds who brought six players during the last transfer window but the win helped them to keep in touch with the top teams. The Reds are now placed third with 35 points, nine points away from pacesetters Mochudi Centre Chiefs.
The positive from the game is that GU debutants Sakala and Moloi scored, something which has helped ease pressure from them. The new faces have added a new dimension for the Reds upfront.

In the opening stanza, Sakala was under pressure to impress the supporters and missed two glorious chances to put his name on the score board. It was after the break that the Zambian striker settled in the game and showed those who packed the Francistown Stadium that he has an eye for goal.

“It was good scoring on my debut because it helped ease pressure off me. I’m now confident going into the next game (against Township Rollers in Molepolole on Sunday). The coach encouraged me not to put myself under unnecessary pressure because he knows what I can do,” said Sakala, who is donning jersey 21 at his new club.

On their upcoming derby against fourth-placed Rollers, the bustling Zambian marksman predicts a tough game.

“We must not get carried away by the weekend’s result because it’s water under the bridge now. We must focus on the upcoming game and ensure that we get maximum points,” he warned.

Rollers ran rampant on Saturday afternoon in Molepolole when they hammered relegation candidates FC Satmos 7-1.

Star player Mogakolodi ‘Tsotso’ Ngele scored four goals with the other goals coming from Sekhana Koko (brace) and Kagiso Bodigelo. Mapalastina remain fourth on the table with 33 points after 17 games.

Chiefs managed to collect maximum points against youthful Uniao Flamengo Santos in a 3-1 victory. Chiefs led 2-0 at halftime with debutant Godfrey Ngele and Elvis Meleka scoring. After the break, Mara Moloi extended Magosi’s lead but Mathews Moruti reduced the deficit towards the end of the game. Chiefs stay top with 44 points followed by BMC who are on 36 points.


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