Gaborone United (GU) played to an exciting 2-2 draw with BDF XI in a highly contested beMOBILE Premier League match in Molepolole on Friday.
GU started the match on a high note, pinning BDF XI in their own half for long periods. Mpho Kgaswane tormented BDF XI defence from the left wing, giving James Moloi a tough time. GU striker, Tebogo Sembowa also overworked the BDF XI rearguard and had numerous goal attempts. The Reds went ahead when Matthews Nyamadzawo scored from a classic counter-attack initiated by Kgaswane, assisted by Ntesang Simanyana. BDF XI tried to get back into the game and won four corners in a row, but failed to beat Goitseone Phoko in the GU goal.
In the 21st minute, Edwin Olerile dribbled past Moloi and Keleagetse Mogomotsi to make it 2-0 for the Reds. BDF XI did not lose hope and hit back in the 34th minute when Othusitse Mpharithe scoring a marvelous in-swinger from a free-kick. Matebele continued to rattle GU in search for the equaliser, but had to wait until the 51st minute to pull level when Master Masitara scored with a brilliant header. Sembowa failed to punish BDF XI when he got an easy chance, but looped the ball over the bar.
Both coaches made double substitutions in the 58th minute, Rahman Gumbo bringing in Jackie Mothatego and Benson Shilongo in place of Simanyana and Sembowa. For BDF, Letang Kgengwenyane introduced Vincent Nzombe and Keagile Kobe replaced Kumbulani Madziba and James Moloi.
BDF XI: Ontiretse Gaotlhobogwe, Keleagetse Mogomotsi, Othusitse Mpharitlhe. Mosha Gaolaolwe, Moreetsi Mosimanyana, Bonolo Phuduhudu, James Moloi (Vincent Nzombe), Thato Ogopotse, Master Masitara, Kumbulani Madziba (Keeagile Kobe), Kabelo Seakanyeng
Gaborone United: Goitseone Phoko, Osego Gaotewe, Gosegonna Molapisi, Letsweletse Seane, Gaopatwe Seosenyeng, Alphonse Modisaotsile, Mpho Kgaswane, Ntesang Simanyana (Jackie Mothatego), Matthews Nyamadzawo, Tebogo Sembowa (Benson Shilongo), Edwin Olerile
Gaborone United 2 (Nyamadzawo 8th, Olerile 21st)
BDF XI 2 (Mpharithe 34th, Masitara 51st)