Monday, September 28, 2020

Senjoba’s battle with aerial balls

Gaborone United (GU) goalkeeper Kgosietsile Senjoba is currently the first choice goalkeeper, ahead of Raphael Nthwaane. He has been the last man of defense for the team for most part of this season, including the famous victory against South African giants Orlando Pirates in February. While GU is also doing well in the African Champions League, their performance in the domestic league leaves a lot to be desired because they are easily throwing away points. If they do improve, they might find themselves in a precarious position at the end of the league.

Their goalkeeper, Kgoseitsile Senjoba, also concedes unnecessary goals. Despite his height, he seems to be struggling with aerial balls. The past two league matches against Township Rollers and BDF XI are typical examples. Rollers midfielder, Edwin Olerile scored from long range and Senjoba failed to even touch his shot.

Three days later BDF XI’s Peter Ngwenya also went for goal and released a powerful shot outside the eighteenth box, leaving a hapless Senjoba without a chance.

It must be remembered that even when GU made history by defeating South African giants, Orlando Pirates in the preliminary round of the Africa Club Champions League, the Buccaneers scored through an aerial ball that caught Senjoba napping. GU’s uninspiring performance, and Senjoba’s poor showing, has since left many people wondering whether GU are really prepared for their April 25 Champions league encounter with Zimbabwean giants Dynamos.

Coach Major David Bright has since assured Batswana that GU are prepared for the encounter. Bright personally went to Harare to watch Dynamos defeat a Democratic Republic of Congo side, FC Lupopo. Upon his return, Bright said Dynamos can be beaten, provided GU prepare hard. His main concern is the GU players’ level of fitness.

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