Zebras striker, Tumisang Orebonye’s strike in the third minute of the game was enough to hand Gaborone United (GU) a 1-0 win over Extension Gunners in a BTC Premiership match played at the UB Stadium yesterday.
It was GU’s second successive win having defeated Miscellaneous on Wednesday. Gunners, who also won their midweek match against Sankoyo Bush Bucks, could not maintain their rhythm yesterday under scorching heat. GU caught the visitors off guard as early as the third minute with Zebras striker, Orebonye slotting past Tladinyane although it appeared the latter should have done better to stop the goal. Tladinyane’s positioning looked suspect and GU capitalised. Five minutes later, Orebonye made another attempt after being setup by Dirang Moloi but this time his effort went slightly over the bar. Gunners failed to create clear cut chances in the first half with most of their few attacks caught off side. Lone striker, Kenanao Kgetholetsile looked isolated upfront which made it easier for GU defence, marshalled by Edwin Bonsu, to deal with.
Four minutes before halftime, Gunners goalkeeper Tladinyane nearly made a grave mistake when he failed to handle Kabelo Seakanyeng’s free kick into the box. Fortunately his defender, Leteng Legopelo was in the right position at the right time and made a decisive clearance before GU players could pounce on the loose ball. With Gunners still struggling to find the right openings, they introduced Thabo Metlhayotlhe and Emmanuel Sekwena for Letlhogonolo Mosala and Ofentse Mmipi respectively. Mmipi, usually reliable, struggled for fluency while Mosala also hardly made any threatening moves on the wing, leaving Kgetholetsile isolated upfront. Gunners added numbers upfront following the duo’s introduction but they just could not trouble GU goalkeeper, Goitseone Phoko with GU
Gaborone United: Goitseone Phoko, Tshepo Maikano, Godwin Osei Bonsu, Thatayaone Ditlhokwe, Alphonse Modisaotsile, Karabo Phiri, Kutlwelo Mpolokang, Thatayaone Kgamanyane (Bophelo Oaitse), Kabelo Seakanyeng (Jeffrey Sikapite) , Dirang Moloi, Tumisang Orebonye
Gunners: Lame Tladinyane, Katlego Mothibi, Desire Bafana, Leteng Legopelo, Michael Tinye, Mmoloki Kebalepile (Kudzanai Mchazai), Ofentse Mmipi (Emmanuel Sekwena) Letlhogonolo Mosala (Thabo Metlhayotlhe), Kenanao Kgetholetsile, Wazha Seleka, Ronald Olaki Cautions: Bafana, Seakanyeng,Mothibi,Maikano, Machazai, Moloi , Tshepo Motlhankwe, Mosha Gaolaolwe, Simisane Mathumo, Edwin Olerile, Gape Mohutsiwa, Maano Ditshupo, Ntesang Simanyana, Tsepo Matete, Segolame Boy, Edwin Moalosi Caution: Ramatlhakwana, Ntenge
GU (1) 1 (Orebonye 3rd)