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Tafic sink Gunners

Tafic sink Gunners
January 16
12:37 2018
  • Dejected, the Lobatse musketeers almost blamed their poor marksmanship on power cuts
  • New Tafic coach Tsatsilebe wins on his first expedition

TEBOGO MMOLAWA

Tafic Sporting Club has defeated Extension Gunners 1-0 in a BTC premier league encounter that was played at Francistown Sports Complex on Saturday night, thanks to a solitary goal from Upoga Dekesha.

The game started on a high note with the two giants playing entertaining carpet football. ‘Matjimenyenga,’ as Tafic are called by their legion of supporters, pressed their opponents hard in search of an early goal to unsettle the Lobatse-based side.

New coach Rapelang ‘Raizer’ Tsatsilebe, who took over the reins at Tafic last week after the sacking of nomadic Zimbabwean tactician Maxwell Moyo, seemed to have found the right combination to bring the desired results, taking the lead on the stroke of the 22nd minute.

Mooketsi Mampori played a pinpoint cross that found Dekesha unmarked inside Gunners 18 yard box. Whereupon Dekesha headed home, leaving Gunners’ goalkeeper Katlego Mbise stranded. Mapantsula tried to search for an equalising goal but were let down by poor finishing in front of the goal posts. The game went to the interval with Tafic holding on to their slim lead.

In the second stanza, Onalethata Khuta missed a golden opportunity to level matters after a good interchange with veteran Finkie Mothibi.  Khuta’s shot, which lacked venom, was easily saved by Tafic goal keeper, Lesego Bosekeng.  Gunners coach Itumeleng Duiker immediately made a substitution to replace Khuta with Brine Vuyo Mankanku. But the Lobatse musketeers continued to miss chances to equalize. Deep in the second half, Tafic defender Motseatile Elijah cleared the ball on the goal line after Mmipi attempted to score with a diving header.

Twice the game was temporarily halted in the second half due to power failure that seemed to affect the rhythm of the game. Tafic desperately held to their measly lead until the end of the game. Although he noted the negative impact of the powewr cuts on the flow of the game and the concentration of his players, interim coach Tsatsilebe was happy with the performance of his players but noted a need to beef up his squad during the current transfer window.

“Gunners are a big team and they played very well today,” he said. “My boys have not been winning of late, therefore today’s win is a morale boaster going forward.”

Duiker rued missed chances which resulted in their loss to a team that has been struggling to collect maximum points in recent games. “Football is about scoring goals,” said Duiker. “If you fail to score goals, you are bound to lose.”

He too noted the impact of the power cuts and almost blamed their loss on them. He said they would write a letter of complaint to the premier league about the power cuts.

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