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Matebele hammer Machimenyenga

A Keeagile Kobe inspired BDF X1 walked over Tafic  with a 3-1 win to collect maximum points in a BTC premiership league match at the Francistown Old Stadium on March 3.

The army boys fiercely launched early attacks against a shacky Tafic defence and were unlucky not to go ahead sooner as they put the hosts on the back foot with marauding goal bound runs from their forwards.

Their attack minded approach to the game paid dividends early in the first half after Tanzanian striker,  Rashid Mandawa coolly collected a pass inside the Tafic area and fired a grass cutting thunderbolt past Lesego Bosekeng in Tafic goals to give BDF X1 the lead.

After this goal it was Matebele all the way as they threatened with every move forward and Tafic defenders, chief among them, Gofamodimo Kobe committed defensive blunders due to the pressure from Mandawa.

The burly striker was in an uncompromising mood when goal bound and tested Bosekeng’s reflexes on a continuous basis.

Both teams relied on long balls which gave the visitors’ forwards an advantage as they managed to outpace the slow Tafic rearguard marshaled by Thato Mosweu, Kgakgamatso Ramatshoba and Motseoatile Elijah.

Bonolo Fraser and Onkemetse Powe tried to respond to the BDF X1 onslaught but found the visitors’ defensive wall impenetrable. 

Fraser had many chances at goal but all his shots went wide and Emanuel Nlu and Pelontle Lerole guarded him with military precision.

Powe, Tafic’s promising player on the day was not given any space to maneuver and was starved of any balls from the middle of the park. 

At every opportunity when he had the ball he was assigned two defenders who kept each and every one of his moves in check.

The pace and hard running of Matebele’s forwards ultimately took its toll on Machimenyenga boys as they were caught off-guard on numerous occasions.

The only positive moves from Tafic came from the efforts of Lungisani Fanyana whose solo runs and shots at goal were dealt with easily by Tumiso Mashakola in BDF X1 goals.

Kobe on the other hand had a great for Matebele and should have scored more goals had it not been for Bosekeng’s agility in goal.

He ran rings around Tafic defenders and became the lightning rod for every attacking move his team launched.

Towards the end of the first half he nearly extended the visitors’ lead after evading his marker only to be denied by the Tafic goalkeeper. Skillful Phenyo Serameng was also a thorn on the Tafic side as he supplied crosses from the left flank.

Though not putting in one of the best football displays that could keep fans on their toes, Matebele depended on their physical and wild running approach which paid dividends and they dominated Tafic in every department.

When the second half resumed the visitors continued with their pressing game and were rewarded within a few minutes as Serameng increased the lead after a beautiful run from deep in the midfield.

After this goal, Tafic came to life and Mbatshi Elias forced Mashakola’s reflexes with a well taken shot inside the area.

Kobe put the game beyond Tafic’s reach as he added a third after selling a dummy to his marker, wraping a wonderful performance that saw him dictating the pace of the game. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Puso Kedidimetse

Location : FRANCISTOWN

Event : BTC Premiership

Date : Mar 06 Tue,2018

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