Gaborone United (GU) scored seven goals against hapless Prisons XI in a one sided Botswana Premier League match played at the National Stadium yesterday. The emphatic victory comes few days before the much-anticipated derby against city rivals, Township Rollers at the Obed Itani Chilume Sports Complex.
The Reds took the lead as early as the second minute through left back, Mothusi Johnson following a good pass from Lebogang Ditsele. Ditsele received the ball just after the centre line, realised that Johnson was making a run on the left and released him. The latter beat Prisons XI goalkeeper, Bakang Methole from a tight angle to give GU a brilliant start. They kept piling pressure thereafter with Prisons XI looking all confused. Misani Thupa, who started the match upfront in the absence of Kekaetswe Moloi, had a clear chance few minutes after the goal but wasted the opportunity with a weak shot. GU continued to press forward and created numerous opportunities but failed to turn them into goals.
Leading goalscorer in the league, Thatayaone Kgamanyane found himself with an opportunity to increase his goals but failed to beat Methole from close range in the 15th minute. Three minutes later, Mpho Kgaswane made a run on the left and delivered a brilliant cross into the box. However Thupa's attempt to tap into an empty net went over the bar. GU believed they finally got their second goal but Alford Velaphi's goal was ruled offside by the linesman. Prisons goalkeeper, Methole received a straight red card in the 30th minute after denying Thupa a clear goalscoring opportunity with what commentators usually call a 'professional' foul. GU finally increased the lead in the referee's additional time to take a 2-0 lead at halftime.
They continued where they left off in the second half, dominating proceedings. Kgamanyane finally got into the score sheet in the 52nd minute after a good build up. Substitute, Thatayaone Ramatlapeng delivered a cross into the box, Johnson headed it into the danger area and found Kgamanyane who controlled brilliantly before slotting the ball past Ontiretse Gaotlhobogwe. Maome made it 4-0 with a brilliant shot in the 69th minute before exciting young player, Omphile Ramoagi wasted a glorious chance in the 70th minute. However Kgamanyane made amends for him and scored his side's fifth of the match a minute later. He completed his hattrick two minutes later before Ramatlapeng put the final nail into Prisons XI’ coffin.
GU: Goitseone Phoko, Tshepo Maikano, Johnson, Thato Kebue, Velaphi (Ramatlapeng), Karabo Phiri, Ditsele (Gape Thibedi), Maome (Lius chido Anuforo), Kgamanyane, Thupa (Sadiki Takunda), Mpho Kgaswane (Omphile Ramoagi)
Prisons XI: Methole, Watunwa Muniazo, Godirilemang Oteng, Tumo Lebanna, Kutlo Mogope, Kebatshabile Montle, Mpho Monyena, Mmoloki Chabanda, Kelello Kgosimore, Kutlwano Sentsho (Ontiretse Gaotlhobogwe), Arold Ntlogelang
Caution: Montle Dismissal: Methole
GU 7 (Johnson 2nd, Maome 45th, 69th, Kgamanyane 52nd, 71st, 73rd, Ramatlapeng 88th) Prisons XI 0