Saturday, October 24, 2020

Stoppage time goal steers Gunners to victory

Lady luck smiled on the face of Gunners on Friday night at the University of Botswana Stadium when a stoppage time goal helped defeat their hoodoo team, Police XI.

The goal came via Burundian international, Christopher Ndayeshimire, from a corner kick. The all important goal ensured that Gunners amass 10 points from six matches.

The victory by coach Peleng is also a relief to the coach following a bitter loss to arch rivals Mochudi Centre Chiefs last week. Many people thought the match would end goalless but it was not to be as a scramble in the box from a corner resulted in a goal.

Ndayeshimere came on as a substitute for industrious midfielder, Ofentse Mmipi. For almost the whole game, Gunners strikers huffed and puffed in front of the goal mouth and could not easily shoot on target. Even though Police XI defence conceded the goal in stoppage time, they played well by containing the duo of deadly strikers, Bernard Simakwenzi and Monametsi ‘Sunday’ Kelebale.

Gunners’ midfield on the other hand was ineffective and resulted in Simakwenzi and Kelebale not receiving the necessary supply they needed. Police XI, on the other hand, were possessive in the midfielder with former Uniao Flamengo Santos and Notwane midfielder, Jackie Mothatego, dictating terms at the expense of Kemmy Pilato, who had a quiet game.

Police XI clearly missed the services of their industrious defender, Ndiapo Letsholathebe, who is yet to feature since the COSAFA tournament in Zimbabwe.

Nevertheless the likes of Kenny Gaontebale took the fort and marshaled it with perfection.

For Gunners, credit must also go to their no nonsense man marker, Emmanuel ‘Agrippa’ Nlu who kept at bay dangerous striker, Richard Mwanza. Mwanza is renowned for his long range shots and terrific aerial strength. But that was reduced to naught by Nlu who guarded each and every movement Mwanza made.

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