Rollers' silverware hopes suffer huge dent

Orapa United celebrate one of the goals against Township Rollers during the Orange FA Cup quarterfinal played at the National Stadium on Saturday PIC MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Orapa United celebrate one of the goals against Township Rollers during the Orange FA Cup quarterfinal played at the National Stadium on Saturday PIC MORERI SEJAKGOMO

Township Rollers’ hopes of winning a silverware this season suffered a severe blow following their 2-1 defeat to Orapa United in the Orange FA Cup quarter final match played at the National Stadium on Saturday evening.

The loss comes as a double whammy for Rollers, who have already lost ground for the league title. Jwaneng Galaxy have opened a 10-point lead with only seven games remaining. Rollers’ head coach, Innocent Morapedi, was left dismayed thinking of how the season can end for him considering the goal scoring opportunities his front-men missed. “We played well but our effort was not enough," Morapedi said. He also said they committed some errors that were not necessary including the penalty. “There was no way that you can deny that was a penalty. If you miss, we won’t win games, and mind you, people just get two good chances and they score. We struggle to score. So, we will try next season. The league title is far away from us and the chance of a cup are buried,” he said.

The two teams came to the party playing an end to end match. Eric Ookame proved to be troublesome on the right flank after he cut in and hit a powerful shot at Kabelo Dambe who pulled off his first save in the game. Referee pointed to the spot on the 24th minute after Thabo Babutsi brought down Kleopas Useb inside the box. Koketso Majafi took the responsibility of the penalty and made no mistake to break the deadlock. Probing for an equaliser, Mbatshi Elias was denied brilliantly from close range by goalkeeper, Keeagile Kgosipula.

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