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Thursday 13 December 2018, 12:33 pm.
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New Players Shine Against The Kiwis

Zebras' new players gave a brilliant performance when the national team played to a 0-0 draw with New Zealand at the University of Botswana Stadium on Saturday.
By Staff Writer Thu 13 Dec 2018, 23:31 pm (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: New Players Shine Against The Kiwis









Phenyo Mongala, Ofentse Nato, Mokgathi Mokgathi and Musa Ohilwe all proved that they are ready for the bigger stage.  Mongala, Nato and Ohilwe have been doing well for the junior teams with Mongala and Ohilwe starring for the national Under-23 while Nato has been part of the Under-20 side. Mokgathi has also been rewarded for his sterling performances this season for his club, BDF XI. He also did well playing as a top striker.

Although he is naturally a sweeper, Ohilwe was selected to play as a right back and he never disappointed. Nato played his favourable position as a holding midfielder and registered his first cap with full 90 minutes.

Mongala started on bench but was introduced in the 59th minute to replace injured Moemedi Moatlhaping. There was a lot of anticipation for his introduction from the supporters after a brilliant season in South Africa for Pretoria University. Mongala, who has reportedly joined PSL giants Orlando Pirates, was part of the Pretoria University's best players in the Nedbank Cup, which they lost to Moroka Swallows in the final.  The performances of these players might go down well as a motivation to other young players who were part of the team but never got the chance against New Zealand. Both Uniao Flamengo Santos' striker Mogakolodi Ngele and ECCO City Greens left back Ontse Ntesa, Bonolo Fraser and Amos

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Godirwang were part of the final squad coach Stanley Tshosane had chosen but never got the chance to play.

New Zealand on the other side never troubled Zebras' back-line and looked more cautious probably to avoid getting injuries ahead of the Confederations Cup, which kicks off in South Africa tomorrow (Tuesday).   The first half produced few scoring opportunities for both sides. In the 33rd minute, Nato released a perfect long pass to Diphetogo Selolwane who forced his way past a New Zealand defender and unleashed a powerful shot but goalkeeper Glen Moss calmly handled it. In the second half, the visitors were the first to get a scoring opportunity when a dangerous ball was floated into the Zebras' area but Andrew Boyens' back-heel effort narrowly went wide with Modiri Marumo well beaten.

Zebras played more creatively in the second half after the introduction of Mongala. His first involvement was a marvellous touch, outpacing his marker and sending in a good cross. The New Zealanders' defence was forced to concede a corner kick.

From the resultant corner kick taken by Pontsho Moloi, Boitumelo Mafoko's header was cleared off the line with the goalkeeper stranded between the posts.

At the end of the match, which had been in doubt after the Kiwis flew to South Africa, thousands of fans trooped home fully satisfied with what they saw.

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