Orapa United dumped Security Systems out of the Orange FA quarterfinals at Itekeng Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Ostriches secured a 2-1 victory during a highly tactical encounter played under the scorching sun.
Orapa United showed their intensions as early as the first minute from a quick counterattack. Mbatshi Elias received a through ball from the experienced Zimbabwean midfield maestro, Tendai Nyumasi and he easily scored but referee, Mooketsi Mbekwa ruled that Mbatshi was offside.
The Ostriches piled pressure on their opponents and gained control of the midfield battle as Nyumasi was on top of his game dishing sublime passes. Orapa United could have gone to the break leading by more than two goals had it not been acrobatic saves produced by Systems goalkeeper, Joseph Gojaamang. The youthful Gojaamang was always exposed by his defence, which was very slow to close down on their opponents.
United continued to pile pressure on their opponents with Kobamelo Kebaikanye and Lebogang Maswena on top of their game, playing neat passes in an attempt to break Systems’ defence. United’s constant efforts paid off in the 35th minute when Kebaikanye scored the opener. Systems defence failed to deal with a cross from Maswena.
Kebaikanye was quick to react and kicked the ball to the far post leaving Gojaamang stranded. Systems striking partnership between veteran striker, Kenanao Kgetholetsile and Ronald Chikomo did not produce the much-desired results. On numerous occasions, the duo lacked cohesion to pose any threat to the well-organised Orapa defence. The Ostriches took a 1-0 lead to the half time break.
As the second half resumed, Systems
Orapa United: Lesenya Malapela, Kealeboga Buzwane-Molebatsi (Mpho Kgaswane), Tapiwa Nyamanjiiva, Kabo Mungabe, Mothusi Johnson, Kelapile Ndlovu, Norman Mabaya, Tendai Nyumasi(Baboloki Makhura), Kobamelo Kebaikekanye, Lebogang Maswena (Onkemetse Powe), Mbatshi Elias
Security System: Gojaamang,Omphile Sebolai(Tlabakwe), Daniel Montshiwa, Osego Gaotewe,Kaelo Kgaswane, Thato Ogopotse, Thatayaone Ramatlapeng, Michael Pillar(Pilatwe), Kenanao Kgetholetsile,Ronald Chikomo (Malvin Chipunza), Eric Molefi.