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Wednesday 21 August 2019, 08:57 am.
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Brazilians Fail The Samba Test

Mogoditshane Fighters cannot just get the Samba right. The Brazilians continue to dance to opponents' tunes every week at the expense of their famous Samba style.
By Staff Writer Wed 21 Aug 2019, 12:41 pm (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Brazilians Fail The Samba Test








Is it the UB Stadium or Friday night fixtures that do not work for the once all-powerful side. After a 4-1 humiliation by Mochudi Centre Chiefs, it was another bad Friday for Fighters at the UB Stadium last week when they lost to Santos. For the second Friday running, they found themselves dancing to another club's tune under floodlights. The Brazilians fell behind in the 13th minute when former international defender Seabo Gabanakgosi headed home to give Santos a 1-0 lead that lasted till hardworking Botlhe Rankgomo made it 2-0 in the 70th minute. Five minutes after the first goal, Fighters' striker Patrick Mpofu broke through but goalkeeper Raphael Nthwane thwarted him. The striker posed constant danger to the Santos' defence. In the 30th minute, he won a free-kick that Tomas Muketiwa curled cleverly but once again, a hawk-eyed Nthwane came to the rescue. In the second half, Santos found players themselves on the back-foot as Fighters pressed hard for an equaliser. Charles Mositwane should have pulled one back for the Brazilians in the 60th minute after beating the offside trap but he was too casual and the Santos' defence recovered to thwart him.

Rankgomo stirred his team to victory with his good off the ball runs and aggression when he was in possession. His reward came in the 70th minute

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when he rounded the defence on the left to send in a low curler past Benson Mookodi.

After scoring the second goal, Santos stepped up a gear to terrorise their opponents.

Veteran midfielder-turned-defender Barny Marman and Richard Gabaitsanye for Fighters had their hands full as Donald Lopang started to show them what he is made of.

Monageng Thaele had been pushing forward as he tried to add more numbers to Fighters' attack but the youngster found himself doing his usual defending in the last 20 minutes as Santos piled pressure with Innocent Ranku rampant.

The introduction of Boiki 'Screamer' Mothibi late in the second half looked like it would change things for Fighters but the former Zebras striker found the Santos defence uncompromising despite losing Khumo Motlhabane early in the game following a knee injury.

Former Zebras midfield general Masego Ntshingane once again fought hard to get his teammates play but his efforts were too little and his task was not made easier by the hardworking Rankgomo. It is clear Fighters are struggling to find their grip in the Premier League despite having a good mix of both youth and experience. Unless they overhaul their act, they could find themselves waging battle to avoid relegation. Fighters have just come back to the topflight after relegating to lower division soccer.

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