Ugly scenes spoil Rollers, Systems draw

UGLY SCENES: Mosha Gaolaolwe being restrained.PIC.KENNEDY RAMOKONE
UGLY SCENES: Mosha Gaolaolwe being restrained.PIC.KENNEDY RAMOKONE

A heavily contested tie between Township Rollers and Security Systems was spoiled by ugly scenes at full time.

The two teams played to a 1-1 draw in a Botswana Premier League encounter played at the National Stadium on Sunday afternoon. At full time, the two camps clashed over an incident that occurred during the match. Apparently, Rollers’ Phenyo Serameng spat on Morris Ruzivo and the incident went unnoticed by the referee. As a result, the Systems forward confronted Serameng after the game and the two camps had to be separated by security personnel. Just moments before kick-off, Systems’ Takunda Sadiki was cautioned for splashing a liquid substance in a bottle on the goalposts. Rollers were the first to pose questions as five minutes in to the tie, Onkarabile Ratanang hit the upright from a free kick. Popa were then caught napping as Systems took the lead from Daniel Montshiwa’s brilliantly taken volley on the 14th minute.

The Alarm Boys came close in the 25th minute as Thato Ogopotse headed wide. Rollers rattled the post for the second time as Tlhalefo Molebatsi could not hit the target from outside the box. Five minutes before the break, Molaodi Tlhalefang found some space inside the box but could not connect well with Odirile Lekoba’s cross. Systems led 1-0 at half time. Six minutes into the second half, Morgan Gaseitsiwe aimed for the top corner but his effort was wide off the post. Molebatsi missed a glorious chance as he skied his shot from Jackson Lesole’s low cross in the 56th minute. At the other end, Bokang Rathipana hit the upright with Rollers’ cut open once again in the 63rd minute. Rollers made it 1-1 with nine minutes to time as Terry Uiseb beat the keeper to the far post. Systems nearly took the lead in the 85th minute but Labelo Maphakela made himself big enough to deny Rathipana in a one-on-one situation.

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