Tuesday, October 27, 2020

TASC Coach optimistic despite struggles

Tati Sporting Club (TASC)’s Head Coach, Onalenna Kgomela, is optimistic his side will survive relegation from the Debswana First Division North League (DFDNL).

The erstwhile Francistown football powerhouse is languishing at the bottom of the DFDNL log and yet to win a game from the ten matches they have played so far this season.

Speaking in an interview after seeing his side held to a zero all stalemate against DFDNL debutants Chobe United, Kgomela said despite not winning, there are positive signs his team will survive.

TASC’s struggles were very pronounced as they huffed and puffed against a plucky Chobe United, spurning at least two glorious chances to win the match in the last ten minutes of the game. 

In the last ten minutes alone, TASC hit the woodwork once through Ookeditse Elias before the then lively Oratile Taunyane missed a sitter after being teed on goal by the self same Elias.

“Our problem is we miss a lot of our chances. We create a lot of obvious chances but we cannot convert. We missed two clear chances in each half, two of them with only the goalkeeper to beat,” Kgomela surmised.

Concerning his team’s struggles thus far in the season, Kgomela, who is now in his fourth game at the helm of TASC said his team’s struggles should be a thing of the past in the near future.

“Ever since I came into coach this team, there has been a lot of progress. Since taking over, this team has lost two games and drawn the other two,” the gaffer explained.

“We are coming from a bad situation but we are on track. At the moment, we are doing everything right but we just cannot score. Now we have to go back to the drawing boards and straighten out our attack,” he continued.

Kgomela however expressed happiness at his players’ commitment and display on the day, adding that he hopes to see his team finishing ‘in the top six’ on the league log table when the league comes to a close.

For his part, Chobe United Coach Motlhokomedi Mombala opined that his team could have easily beat TASC had his players not undermined them.

“I think my players just took it for granted that TASC is the easiest team to beat in the league. Had they not undermined their opponents, we could have won the game,” Mombala said.

While happy with his team’s overall showing, Mombala was however not pleased with his team’s concentration lapses, more especially towards the end of the game.

“TASC nearly caught us out in the last minutes, as they piled more pressure on us. We had a few concentration lapses then which exposed us. This has been happening in our past three games and we need to address it,” the Chobe United gaffer explained.

In other results from the DFDNL, BR Highlanders beat Ecco City Greens by a solitary goal to go top of the league, while Tafic drops to second position after playing to a 1 all draw with Real Movers. Both Highlanders and Tafic have amassed 23 points each.

Still in the DFDNL, Motlakase Power Dynamos beat FC Satmos 2 ÔÇô 0 to keep themselves on the tailcoats of both Highlanders and Tafic. Motlakase are now just a point adrift of the two.

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