Orapa United started the league campaign on a high note registering the biggest win of the opening weekend. United beat Notwane 4-1 in the Premiership game played at the National Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The visitors went into the break leading by a goal. Just 10 minutes in the second half, Tshobo met Thero Ntau’s cross but could not direct it towards goalposts. The Ostriches went on to double the lead with Setsile beating off his marker and slotted to the near post on the 57th minutes. Toronto pulled one back from the spot after Tshobo was brought down inside the box.
Half-time substitute, Raymond Israel beat the goalkeeper to the top corner from the spot on 73rd minutes. The home side’s celebrations were cut short just after few minutes as Elias rounded the goalkeeper and laid the ball for Onkemetse Powe who tapped into the empty net. Youngster, Brian Lekwape rounded off the big win with a goal on his debut. “We are happy to score goals. In the last two games we have struggled to score. My only concern is the way we concede. It is a disease we need to cure quickly. Because even when we are not under pressure we concede stupid goals. I am happy, we have been working on the attack,” United’s coach Mogomotsi ‘Teenage’ Mpote said after the game.
His counterpart, Notwane’s Oupa Kowa felt his players failed to execute the basics of football on the afternoon. “If you don’t do the basics of football you are in danger and we did not do the basics today. We failed to put pressure on them. We are at the beginning of the very long marathon, we have just gone 100 meters, and we need to come back and catch up with the leading guys,” he said. In other matches played on Sunday, Jwaneng Galaxy thrashed Gilport Lions 4-2 in Jwaneng. BDF XI registered a 2-0 win over Prisons XI to wrap up a high scoring Sunday action.
Notwane: Mapisto Rapowa, Tshepo Ramhenngwa, Thero Ntau (Katlego Koobake), Brian Botsang (Zidane Kofa), Kaone van der Westhuizen, Thato Mogorosi, Jarona Jarona, Sthembile Mbuqe, Aobakwe Tshobo, Kudzani Sibanda (Thato Moganana), Charles Mujokeri (Israel) Orapa: Lesenya Malapela, Mpho Kgaswane, Thabang Mosige, Thato Seagateng, Galabgwe Moyana, Tapiwa Nyamanjiva, Gofaone Mabaya (Tumelo Majola), Kagisano Mungu, Thabiso Boti (Omaatla Kebatho), Mbatshi Elias (Lekwape), Thero Setsile (Powe)