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Thursday 13 December 2018, 12:33 pm.
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The Reds Embarrass Notwane

Notwane (0) 1 (Lekoko 56)Gaborone United (2) 4 (S Maposa 12, Mgadla 20, Nato 59, Sandaka 86)
By Staff Writer Thu 13 Dec 2018, 23:02 pm (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: The Reds Embarrass Notwane








Gaborone United (GU) got off to a good start in the 2010-2011 be MOBILE Premier League campaign after a 4-1 thumping of city rivals Notwane at the Molepolole Sports Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The win was the second in a row for GU against Notwane in a week after the 1-0 victory in the finals of the Gaborone City Regional Football Association tournament.

On Saturday, GU opened the scoring as early as the 12th minute through evergreen striker, Stephen Maposa.
The goal followed a good interchange of passes between enterprising winger Mandla 'Spikiri' Mgadla and Maposa who slotted the ball past Notwane goalkeeper Botlhe Moralo. Eight minutes later, Mgadla made it 2-0.

Notwane came from the break a determined lot and pulled one back through Mothusi Lekoko. After the goal, Toronto looked like they were capable of turning tables against GU. 

However, their determination was dampened three minutes later when Ofentse Nato scored the third for the Reds. Zimbabwean striker Sageby Sandaka put the last nail in Notwane's coffin with the fourth in the  86th minute.

Notwane coach Luke Masomere pulled out Moralo after the fourth goal replacing him with reserve goalkeeper Bruce Ntsima. The substitution seemed geared to save the towering goalkeeper from further embarrassment.

GU could have increased the tally if their strikers did not miss chances. Mgadla and Chikomo missed clear cut chances after breaking through the leaky Notwane defence. Each had only Moralo to beat but shot straight into his hands.  Notwane coach, Luke Masomere told Monitor Sport in a post-match interview that despite

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losing, his team did not play badly. "We were not really that bad. I think they (GU) were the better side today and they won. They utilised their chances very well," he said.

However, the Zimbabwean was not impressed with the performance of Moralo. He said the first-choice goalkeeper let in simple balls and failed to organise the defence.

GU coach Mike 'Dubula Dubula' Sithole said he was very impressed with his charges' performance in the season opener.
He said the win is a morale booster for the team. "It is a very good start for us, the guys gained a lot of experience from playing continental cup competitions and I think we will have a good season," he said.

The Zambian tactician who won the inaugural be MOBILE Premier League with GU in 2008-2009 said he has been busy sharpening his strike-force after he realised it was one of the weaknesses in the team.   "We are focusing our attack from the wings and it is working very well for us as we are now scoring," Sithole said.

This is how the teams lined up:
Notwane: Moralo (Ntsima 86)-Tshenolo Mankaka, Kutlo Sejeso, Agisanyang Ramaabya, Desire Bafana- Nelson Moreetsi, Barnes Radipotsane, Langson Sichola-Mothusi Lekoko, Kenamile Mani, Lemogang Maswena,
Coach: Luke Masomere

GU: Kgosietsile Senjoba-Chafiwa Kgaswane, Gabriel Bokhutlo, Gobonyeone Selefa, Given Mpundu, Nato, Mgadla (Mpho Kgaswane 87),Sageby Sandaka, Kenny Ledikwe (Tshepo Molefe 61), S. Maposa, Chikomo.
Coach: Mike Sithole

Man of the Match: Mgadla

Cautions: Moralo 58.

Referee: Lekgotla Johannes

Ass. Referees: Bakwena Simankalele and
Lucas Nku

Fourth Official: Tirelo Mositwane

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