Notwane struggle to adjust to First Division

Failing to rise to the occasion. Notwane player Peter Motheo (airborne) challenges for the ball against Santos' Tsimi Dieduonne. PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
Failing to rise to the occasion. Notwane player Peter Motheo (airborne) challenges for the ball against Santos' Tsimi Dieduonne. PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

For a team that has never played in the First Division before, struggling to adjust to rigorous demands of the lower league was always on the cards for Notwane.

The former Premiership giant is still searching for its first points after going down 2-1 to Uniao Flamengo Santos on Sunday. The game that was characterised by rough tackles and dismissal of two players. Santos took the lead in the 20th minute through Bosa Mokgweetsi’s header and they doubled their advantage through Kagiso Medupe.

Toronto converted from the spot through midfielder Thabo Mpote, who calmly sent the goalkeeper the wrong way in a cheeky manner. Notwane sits at the bottom of the First Division South log after two games.

Notwane coach, Thatayaone Mothuba said they are feeling the pressure as they are still searching for their first win.

“The losses are slowly putting us under pressure, more so that we are playing with young players who do not have experience. They need to get a win to boost their confidence,” Mothuba said.

He felt that a forced substitution had an impact in their game plan.

“We substituted Letlhogonolo (Masigo) because he was carrying a hamstring injury. We tried to push him, but he could not take it longer and we had to take our goalkeeper out after a collision change,” he said.  Notwane welcomed Cameroonian defender Tsimi Dieduonne and South African midfielder Mbuqe Sthembile after thy received their work permits.

Santos coach Innocent ‘Koti Koti’ Ranku said his team needed to win after they lost their first game against Modipane United.

 “We had to score an early goal after we failed to score in our previous game,” he said. Ranku said suspensions would intensely affect his team in the next game.

“I have two strikers out; one due to an injury while the one to a red card. But that’s football, I have to go back to the drawing board and work with what I have,” he said.  In other games, Modipane United and Mogoditshane Fighters played to a goalless draw, Prisons XI lost to Mochudi Rovers by a solitary goal.

Letlapeng thrashed newcomers Black Rangers 3-0. The matches between Black Forest and Lesirane, and Sharps and Rolling Boys ended goalless.

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