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Gaborone United walk away with P1m

Gaborone United (GU) are Mascom Top 8 champions. They defeated BDF XI 2-1 in the finals played at Lobatse Stadium on May 18.

Consequently, The Money Machine pocketed  P1 million. Coach David Bright’s charges deserved the championship as they played their hearts out to add silverware to their cabinet. Following BDF XI’s total annihilation of Mochudi Centre Chiefs 8-3 in the semi-finals, a number of supporters thought Matebele would walk over GU but as the saying goes, 'there is no ‘therefore’ in football'.

It was a quiet afternoon for BDF XI’s Lemponye Tshireletso, Ofentse Mmipi and Saukuzane Zulu who normally cause havoc in the opponent’s defence. The strategy for coach Letang Kgengwenyane was to catch opponents on counter attack from the wings but GU had prepared well as they did not attack in large numbers.

Gaborone United’s duo of Ronald Chikomo and Tebogo Sembowa combined well and together with Moemedi ‘Jomo’ Moatlhaping kept BDF XI’s defence on its toes hence Michael Pepukane was the busier in goalposts than his opposite number.  The Money Machine took control of the game right from the beginning and Chikomo could have put his team ahead but was unfortunate as his first touch failed him. This was after he received a pass from Sembowa with BDF defender Mompati Thuma completely beaten.

Sembowa thought he had scored after beating Pepukane who had gone out of the goalposts trying to intercept a cross but fortunately for BDF XI, they managed to clear it from the line.  After few minutes, Sembowa returned and this time he put his team ahead after he rose to head home, beating Pepukane with a header. The first half ended with GU leading by solitary goal and they increased the tally few minutes in the second half through Chikomo.

As the game progressed, tension started building up with a number of players involved in brawls resulting in a total of five yellow cards and a red card flashed. BDF XI’s Pepukane received a straight red card for a kick on Jomo. He then went on a rampage arguing with the referee and kicking a cameraman. 

His wrath continued on the stands as he took out his anger and frustration on supporters. Sembowa had an opportunity to increase his tally, but BDF XI’s substitute goalkeeper, Bugalo Gunda denied him the opportunity.

 BDF XI scored a solitary goal through Francis Kanda who came in for Saukani Zulu. Sembowa walked with Man of the Match prize. The game meanwhile was not televised on Btv and was not broadcasted on Radio Botswana as the crew was kicked out of the field and instead, it was broadcast on Supersport. ENDS

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