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TAFIC keeps survival hopes alive

TAFIC keeps survival hopes alive
April 18
14:29 2018

TAFIC Sporting Club defeated Mochudi Centre Chiefs 2-1 to keep their league survival hopes alive.       The encounter was played at the Francistown Sport Complex over the weekend.

TAFIC got into the game knowing very well that they must win the clash to increase their chances of surviving the dreaded relegation axe. Matjimenyenga as TAFIC is called by its supporters got into the match seating on position 13 having accumulated 25 points from 25 games. They are now placed on position 12 28 points out of 36 games.

The two teams started the first half on a high note in an effort to get an early goal. The visiting side, got the first golden opportunity to get the lead, Thato Ogopotse received a wonderful pass from the pint sized Thatayaone ‘Popo’ Ramatapeng but his effort went over the cross bar. On the 14th minute, Kgosiitsile Ernest skilfully passed through the Chiefs defence but he was blocked while trying to unleash a strike in the 16 yard box.

On the 16th minute, Magosi were awarded a set piece near TAFIC’s 16 yard box after Ramatapeng who was on top of his game was fouled. Khumoitsile Kufigwa’s effort was off target from the resultant free kick. On the 29th minute, Uyapo Thibathuwe gave TAFIC the lead after he received a defence splitting pass from Ernest. Thibathuwe unleashed a grass cutter which beat the oncoming Chiefs goal keeper, Siamang Kgosipula.  TAFIC could have doubled their lead on the 38th minute, Onkemetse Powe had received a through ball from the middle of the park but Kgosipula produced a brilliant save. TAFIC missed numerous opportunities to increase their lead on the dying minutes of the first half but they managed to hold on to the lead until the half time break.

From the half time break, TAFIC continued to pile pressure on their opponents but they were let down by poor finishing. On the 60th minute, Khumoitsile Kufigwa equalized for Magosi after TAFIC defence was caught napping. TAFIC were awarded a penalty on the 65th minute after Thibathuwe was fouled inside the 16 yard box, Kawashu Makai converted from the spot kick. The two teams continued to miss chances until the game ended.

In a post-match interview, TAFIC caretaker coach Kentse Motlhale was relieved that they managed to collect 3 important points in their bid to avoid relegation. Chiefs’ assistant coach, Pontsho Moloi said, “Today we did not have luck in front of goal. We created too many chances but could not convert some of our chances.”

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