They fought a very tense battle during last season’s final of the Be Mobile premier league and Gaborone United had narrowly won the match with a single goal, snatching the title from the then defending champions, Mochudi Centre Chiefs.
In Sunday’s encounter, it was all about setting records straight as to who were the bosses, and the Kgatleng side proved itself superior over “The Money Machine”, as they walloped them 2-0.
G.U approached the match with the intention of maintaining their dominance over their fierce rivals while Magosi came with a mission to heal its last season’s wounds after a 1-0 defeat at Molepolole Sports Complex under immense pressure of title challenge.
However, in Sunday’s encounter, there was no excuse to give football fanatics as it is too early to talk about winning the league title.
From kickoff, there were fireworks as both teams wanted to secure early goals.
Chiefs, knowing the essentiality of an early goal, were on the attacking spree for most of the time, with its Zambian import, Mweuka Musonda, proving himself a nuisance to “The Money Machines’” defence.
Jabu Pilane, who was hungry for goals on the day, had an early one on one chance with the goalkeeper, but his shot went wide.
For the first twenty minutes, Magosi had an upper hand over their rivals but failed to convert their chances into goals.
However GU was not standing aside as spectators; they gave a brilliant fight, but they also failed to convert their early chances, something that proved regrettable later.
In a 65th minute goal, much resembling G.U’s 1-0 defeat to Magosi last season, Dirang Moloi, passed a slow shot that had G.U’s goal minder, Kgosietsile Senjoba, diving early under the belief that Chiefs finisher Musonda was going to divert the ball.
However Musonda missed the ball and it slowly went home, giving Magosi a much anticipated lead.
The combination of the deadly duo, Moloi and Musonda, had G.U’s defense pestered for much of the clash. Five minutes after Chiefs first goal, the two nearly secured the second goal for Magosi but fell short of the target.
Much credit for Magosi owning the day goes to Chiefs goal minder Samuel Tlhowe, who was in super form on the day, clearing three massive shots that, were it not for his ever alertness, G.U would had gone away victorious.
About the 75th minute, Jabu Pilane, who for much of the game was unguarded, with much concentration on Moloi, received a well crafted pass from Musonda and hammered the ball with lightning speed into the post, giving the Kgatleng side a 2-0 victory over ‘The Money Machine.’
Dirang, who during the game, selflessly created good scoring chances for his team mates went away with the P1000 Man of the Match incentive, courtesy of Be Mobile.