Faulty floodlight sends GU, Nico clash into chaos

Mothusi Cooper (Red) of Gaborone United battles for the ball with Gothusang Osego (Green)  of Nico United PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
Mothusi Cooper (Red) of Gaborone United battles for the ball with Gothusang Osego (Green) of Nico United PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

The Botswana Premier League (BPL) match between Gaborone United (GU) and Nico United played at the National Stadium on Friday night experienced a series of stoppages and touchline negotiations following a faulty floodlight.

It was initially halted just before half time due to an electric fault on the floodlight situated at the Grand and North Stands. The floodlight had caught fire and match officials had to allow the Fire Brigade to attend to the situation. It was a more than a hour delay until the fire was put out, allowing the game to continue with an additional four minutes until the break.

The Reds were in the lead thanks to a 31st minute goal by Molaodi Tlhalefang as he took his league tally to eight this season. Barely five minutes since the two teams returned from recess, the match officials complained of the visuals. The assistant referee on the west side of the pitch had said that he would struggle to continue with the match saying the lighting was too dim. This resulted in yet another stoppage as MonitorSport could spot members of the two teams arguing that the fourth official be substituted in as the assistant referee.

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