FRANCISTOWN-On form Mochudi Centre Chiefs on Saturday maintained their lead in the be MOBILE premier league when they thrashed struggling Great North Tigers (GNT) 5-1 before a capacity crowd.
The visitors' made their intentions to clinch this season's be MOBILE premier league crown clear in the third minute when Kekaetswe 'Mara' Moloi converted from a cross from winger, Galagwe Moyana. In the 14th minute, Moloi again showed his predatory instincts when he scored his second goal of the match after being fed by Godfrey Ngele.
The first half was non-eventful for GNT. The home side only came close to scoring in the 23rd minute when Arnold Chaka was dispossessed by Tamucha Bedi who forced a save from Mompoloki Sephekolo with a powerful shot.
On the other hand Centre Chiefs looked a very dangerous side with Ngele, Mara and Pontsho Moloi constantly threatening the home side defence. The visitors extended their lead in the 34th minute when towering defender Chaka headed home from a corner delivered by Moyana.
In the 49th minute Tigers striker, Perseverance Sibanda nearly scored after intercepting a poor back pass from Zebras defender Tshepho Mothabankwe, but Sephekolo did well to clear the mess. The inspirational Chaka completed his brace in the 58th minute when he unleashed a powerful short from within the edge of the box leaving GNT goalie Bugalo Gunda well beaten.
This was after GNT defenders failed to clear a corner from Pontsho Moloi. GNT's woes worsened in the 65th minute when Wazha Seleka was given his marching orders for descent. In the 73rd minute substitute Kenamile Mani who replaced Lesego Galenamotlhale in the 70th minute scored with a low drive from the edge of the box.
Tigers got a consolation in the 82th minute from a penalty. This was after Chaka was adjudged to have handled the ball . Kabelo Kadisa made no mistake beating substitute keeper Lame Tladinyana. Centre Chiefs nearly scored again in the 90th minute, but Mpoeleng Mpoeleng's short from a distance hit the upright.
GNT: Bugalo Gunda (Captain), Marshall Simba Gono, Nkosinathi Dube, Mothibedi Tichana (Godfrey Lemphorwana 47), Motshidisi Nkomo (Cosmos Sebona 65), Osenyeng Tsenang, Kabelo Kadisa, Wazha Seleke, Tamucha Bedi, Joseph Joseph, Perseverance Sibanda(Batswere Olebeng 80).
Coach: Edward Leposo
Centre Chiefs: Mmopoloki Sephekolo (Lame Tladinyana 78), Mpoeleng Mpoeleng (Captain), Sekgabo Molebatsi, Elvis Meleka,Tshepho Mothabankwe, Pontsho Moloi, Godfrey Ngele,Galabwe Moyana, Kekaetswe Mara Moloi (Chico Thabaki) ,Lesego Galenamothale (Kenamile Mani 70) ,Arnold Chaka.
Coach: Madinda Ndlovu
Caution: Joseph Joseph
Dismissal: Wazha Seleka
Referee: John Palalani
Assistant referees: Pilot Chimbengo, Batsile Letsogile
Fourth official: Tshepo Gobagoba