FRANCISTOWN: Jwaneng Galaxy’s return to the Francistown Sports Complex where they clinched their first Mascom Top 8 trophy silverware ended in agony at the hands of a resolute TAFIC that stuck a dagger and held until the last breath.
TAFIC were made to sweat for their 1-0 win, but they proved uncompromising at the back and their goalkeeper Lesego Bosekeng also complemented his back four and emerged as the man of the match.
TAFIC stand in coach, Elias Chinyemba was pleased with his side’s defensive performance. “It was a very solid defensive display from us. The goalkeeper also came top when called upon and he got his reward.”
The Saturday encounter was played under a scorching heat with few supporters turning up. Galaxy stamped their authority from the word go, but failed to profit from the few chances they created. Senatla Molefhe directed his shot straight into the hands of the keeper when he escaped his marker into the box in the second minute. Tebogo Sembowa had his shot from 18-yard arc parried out in a series of opening attacks. It took close to 10 minutes for TAFIC to reach the other end with Kawushu Makai whose shot lacked sting to threaten.
Against the run of play, in the 18th minute, Makai released Mbatshi Elias on the left side, he drove into the box and buried at the top right. The heat took the sting off the game and TAFIC were happy to sit back and take the lead
TAFIC: Lesego Bosekeng, Motseoatile Elijah, Thato Mosweu, Bokamoso Mbambo, Kgakgamatso Ramotshosa, Kerapetse Mosimanekgosi, Kawashu Makai, Obakeng Gaanabeng, Kemoreeng Batisani (Ocean Mpofu), Mbatshi Elias (Uyapo Thibathuwe), Lungisani Fanyana (Samuel Phiri)
GALAXY: Ezekiel Morake, Thabo Leinanyane, Andrew Makopo (Pako Lekgari), Wabuya Aebe (Thero Setsile), Boitumelo Mafoko, Gilbert Baruti, Isaac Paeye, Tebogo Sembowa, Senatla Molefhe, Terrence Mandaza, Patrick Kaunda
Cautions: Makai, Mosweu, Paeye, Molefhe
TAFIC (1) 1 (Mbatshi 18th)