GU slip again as Galaxy stretch lead

SIX-GOAL THRILLER: Botswana Premier League action between Gaborone United (in red) and Orapa United played at the National Stadium on Saturday. PIC MONIRUL BHUIYAN:PRESS PHOTO
SIX-GOAL THRILLER: Botswana Premier League action between Gaborone United (in red) and Orapa United played at the National Stadium on Saturday. PIC MONIRUL BHUIYAN:PRESS PHOTO

Defending champions, Gaborone United (GU) yet again lost ground in the Botswana Premier League (BPL) title race after suffering a humiliating defeat against Orapa United Saturday afternoon at the National stadium.

The Ostriches put up a sterling second half performance to wallop Moyagoleele 4-2 in an entertaining encounter and moved level on points with the defending champions who are now five points behind leaders, Jwaneng Galaxy. Perhaps the biggest highlight from the game was GU’s technical team’s refusal to conduct post match media interviews, thus violating a standing and common practice. A frustrated GU’s assistant coach, Pontsho Moloi who is normally the one conducting media interviews refused to talk to the media, instead shooting straight to the change rooms at the final whistle.

Head coach, Benny Kgomela was also not available for interviews following yet another disappointing result after their 2-2 draw with Security Systems last weekend. GU started the game brightly and were rewarded when Thero Setsile opened the scoring following some neat exchange of passes with Mothusi Johnson. After taking the lead, the home side dropped the tempo allowing Orapa back into the game. The visitors equalised in the 28th minute when striker Omaatla Kebatho capitalised on a defensive blunder to tuck home inside the box. The striker nearly got his brace a few minutes later but was denied by Goitseone Phoko’s outstretched leg. The champions nearly regained the lead at the stroke of half time but Thatayaone Kgamanyane's curler from outside the box came off the bar with goalkeeper, Lesenya Malapela beaten. It was all square at the break. After the break, GU continued to dominate ball possession but with nothing to show for it. With GU searching for a winner, the Ostriches coach moved Tapiwa Nyamanjiva to midfield for stability. The move paid dividends as the visitors started to play.

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