‘Magosi’ a shambolic shadow of themselves

  • Torn by ‘GU’ to pieces
  • Coach: “We cannot fold our arms and say it’s over”
  • Coach’s brother Dirang Moloi in vicarious pain

Tlotlo Kebinakgabo

Once up there with the best football clubs in Botswana, Mochudi Centre Chiefs is currently experiencing their most awful form ever after getting a 6-2 hammering from Gaborone United over the weekend.

The free flowing encounter, which was played at Molepolole on Saturday evening, saw Tumisang Orebonye getting GU’s first goal of the encounter in the 33rd minute before visiting Noah Maposa’s goal posts once again in the 37th minute to bag GU’s second goal.

The defensive midfielder of ‘Magosi,’ Lawrence Majawa, made matters worse for the Kgatleng outfit as he scored against his own six minutes before the game went to half time.

Lesego Lubinda gave ‘Magosi’ a first half consolation goal in the added time of the first stanza to ensure the game went to the break with scoreboard reading 3-1 to the good of ‘GU.’

The second stanza began with Chiefs looking for their second goal of the game to reduce the deficit but their dreams were shattered by their former ace, Dirang Moloi, who scored GU’s fourth goal in the 69th minute following Chiefs’ poor defending.

Thatayaone Ramatlapeng gave Chiefs supporters a leap of faith in the 71st minute but they did not have time to celebrate as Thatayaone Kgamanyane laid a low bottom shot to Maposa’s posts to make it 5-2 for ‘GU.’ Kgamanyane capitalised on another Chiefs poor defence marking, scoring his second of the encounter eight minutes from time to ensure ‘GU’ handed ‘Magosi’ a half dozen.

Said Chiefs assistant coach, Pontsho Moloi, in a post-match interview: “I thought everybody who watched the game could see that we were the better side in the first 20 or 30 minutes as we moved the ball around swiftly and created two or three chances but like many times before we couldn’t convert.

“They got their chance and scored after the 30th minute, something that resulted in us chasing the game and eventually opening at the back. Everything fell apart.”

The former ‘Magosi’ skipper said their humiliating loss was a big very concern for everyone associated with the club. “I played for this team for 10 or more years and I never suffered a shameful defeat like this one,” Moloi said. “But it is part of the game and no one can run away from it.

“It’s up to all of us to come together and rectify the mistakes that we made today. There is the need for us to beef up the squad in the current transfer window as we lost a number of top class players and never replaced them. We cannot fold our arms and say it’s over.”

His brother who used to play for ‘Magosi’ and is now plying his trade for ‘GU,’ Dirang ‘Malam’ Moloi, felt a vicarious even filial pain. “It is sad to see them at the bottom of the log, especially that my brother coaches them. But ‘Magosi’ believe in hard work. They will work something up and avoid the relegation. They are a big club.”

‘GU’ coach Rodolfo Zapata had this to say: “I think the team has spoken for me. We played in the most amazing fashion and were very offensive. We showed the country that even with a low budget or no money, we can play good football. We are never going to negotiate when it comes to good football. We may lose, draw or win, but at the end of the day we are going to play good football.”

‘Magosi’ are currently languishing at the 14th position with 15 points out of 16 games whereas ‘GU’ are at the fourth position with 25 points after 15 encounters.