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ECCO Register First Win

FRANCISTOWN: In recent years, the be MOBILE Premier League derby between TAFIC and ECCO City Greens has been losing its spark. The football has been poor and the thrill has been missing. But things were different over the weekend in the latest duel between the two cross-town rivals.
By Chakalisa Dube Mon 14 Oct 2013, 16:20 pm (GMT +2)
The Monitor :: ECCO Register First Win








Despite producing a solitary goal the derby was a thriller.

Both sides treated the fans to an entertaining brand of football. TAFIC created more opportunities and the majority of fans who turned up for the match would agree that the score was not a true reflection of the game. The weekend match was proof that sometimes in football, a team needs luck to score or win no matter how many chances its creates.

Had they converted the chances they created, TAFIC who were without newly acquired coach, Darlington Dodo due to work permit problems, could have won with an avalanche of goals. TAFIC prodigal son, Tamucha Bedi had four opportunities in the opening 20 minutes but all his efforts were thwarted by an alert Michael Onkutule who is slowly growing in confidence after a patchy start to the season.

Fresh from conceding a penalty that granted victory over Wonder Sporting the weekend before the derby, Mmilidzi Zeco Makafiri was the star performer on the day.

He marshalled the ECCO midfield with panache and thwarted most moves by the Machimenyega. He was however at times caught napping by TAFIC attacking midfielder, Ogomoditse Bauleni.

Nigerian Innocent Eze Livinus showed much promise in the middle of the park with deft touches in the first few minutes of the match before Makafiri neutralised him.

After missing two clear chances, ECCO striker, Gosaitse Manuel headed the only goal of the match after 31 minutes. Moments later, Onkutule denied Bedi a sure equaliser from close range. A minute before the break, Makafiri could have increased ECCO's lead but his well taken long range shot hit the post and rebounded back to play.

Bedi was in the thick of things again five minutes after the break when his header went wide.

ECCO had two good chances in the second half but goalkeeper, Abednico Morapedi did well to block Manuel's close range shot in the 76th minute before denying Mandlaenkosi Sibanda. In the 80th minute, Bedi missed the target after navigating his way past defenders. More agony for TAFIC came in the last minute when Mlilo was released by Bauleni but failed to equalise with Onkutule well beaten.



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