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Gunners shoot down ten-man BDF XI

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Lobatse giant’s out of relegation zone as revival continues

For the first time this season, Extension Gunners are out of the relegation zone after a hard-fought 1-0 win over a well-drilled BDF XI at Molepolole on Saturday.

With little to choose between the two sides, a second yellow card for the Army Boys combative midfielder, Godiraone Modingwane early in the second half proved the game’s defining moment.

Gunners, who up until the sending off had been on the back foot for much of the encounter, made the most of their numerical advantage, taking control of the midfield and ultimately the match.

In the end the fixture’s solitary goal came from Mosimanegape Ntwaetsile, his well-taken strike enough to secure Gunners’ second win in their last three outings.

The victory was especially pleasing for an injury-hit Mapantsola, who were missing senior players such as Lesego Galenmotlhale and Dirang Moloi.

Forced to field a young side, Gunners’ talented fledglings showed enough heart and desire for the fight to suggest they will avoid being sucked into a relegation battle come the end of the season.

It is the first real moment of light in a season cloaked in darkness.

Non-compliance with club licencing requirements meant the Lobatse outfit incurred a -6 point penalty before a ball had been kicked in anger.

Eight games into the season and the deficit has finally been wiped out, with Gunners currently on four points and occupying 12th place in the log.

They are unbeaten in their last three matches, a run that includes a 0-0 draw away at title chasing Jwaneng Galaxy.

Speaking to Voice Sport after his side gunned down BDF, Mapantsola’s centre-back, Mmoloki Kebalepile said the win could prove a turning point in their season.

“I am excited for the victory. These points that we have just collected are very crucial because we have been playing under a deficit.

“Nevertheless, if we start attaining these vital points going forward, hopefully we can finish the season in a better position,” said the 25-year-old, who had an excellent game in the heart of the Gunners defence.

Another to put in an eye-catching performance was Gunners speedy 22-year-old striker, Misani Thupa, who ran himself into the ground for the cause, keeping BDF’s backline busy for the entire 90 minutes.

Substituted in stoppage time to a standing ovation from his team’s hardy supporters, Thupa told Voice Sport he was living his dream.

“I have always had the ambition to play in the elite league but it was not an easy route because I spent a lot of time at third division league. I had to balance football with school work as my parents were very strict and wanted me to get an education. Finally, I was able to finish school and started playing what I love the most, football,” exclaimed the energetic front-man, who looks to have a bright future in the game.

Meanwhile both sides return to Premier League action this Thursday, with Gunners hosting TAFIC as they look to continue their recent resurgence.

BDF on the other hand, who will feel they shot themselves in the foot with Modingwane’s moment of ill-discipline, travel to Mahalapye to take on BR Highlanders. 

CLOSE ENCOUNTER: BDF were the better side until they had a player sent off

WEEKEND RESULTS

BDF XI 0 – 1 EXTENSION GUNNERS

TAFIC 1 – 1 BR HIGHLANDERS

TOWNSHIP ROLLERS 2 – 1 NOTWANE

GILPORT LIONS 1 – 4 JWANENG GALAXY

MISCELLANEOUS 0 – 6 ORAPA UNITED 

GABORONE UNITED 1 – 0 PRISONS XI

SECURITY SYSTEMS 1 – 0 POLICE XI

MORUPULE WANDERERS 1 – 1 MOLEPOLOLE CITY STARS

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Zebras go with the Floh

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Youth and experience lead the line

The exuberance of youth and the craft of experience will be tasked with spearheading the Zebras attack as the long road to Cameroon begins in Zimbabwe today (Friday 15 November).

Security Systems veteran forward, Kenanao ‘Floh’ Kgetholetsile, 36, and Extension Gunners speedy striker, 22-year-old Misani Thupa make for an unlikely partnership.

However, the pair will be hoping they can fire the goals that get Botswana’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) campaign off to a winning start.

First up is a Zimbabwe side oozing with both talent and confidence. The Warriors squad boasts the likes of Belgian-based winger Knowledge Musona and Kaiser Chiefs midfield star, Khama Billiat.

The trip to Harare is followed by Monday’s home fixture against reigning AFCON champions Algeria. Led by Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez, the North Africans will be confident of victory.

TALENTED: Thupa

Speaking to Voice Sport recently, Kgetholetsile revealed that even though time was not on his side, he never gave up on his dream of playing for Botswana.

“My love for football began from a very tender age with a sole dream of representing my country at national competitions at some point. However, it happened at a later stage because of unforeseen circumstances which were beyond my control and they made me to be the strong player I have become at the moment,” declared the dreadlocked goal machine.

On the other hand, Thupa’s call up has come early in his rapidly rising career.

“I grew up with parents who were always in my neck to get an education. Finally, I was able to complete my studies and started playing football regularly until I came to Gunners,” he said, describing his selection for the national team as the proudest moment of his fledgling career.

Goals proved hard to come by in the Zebras last effort at qualifying for AFCON. In a disastrous six-game campaign which yielded just one point, Keegile’s Kone’s fourth minute strike in a 2-1 loss to Mauritania was the only time Botswana found the back of the net.

Between them, Floh and Thupa will look to provide fresh impetus to the Zebras stale attack.

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Joel in the crown

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REIGNITING THE SPIRIT OF 2012

For many years we have been drawn in tricky qualifying groups but we always try our best to come up with the necessary results.

Taking you back to the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) held in Gabon, for the qualifiers we were in the group of death, which included Tunisia and Togo, but we managed to qualify anyway.

That is the spirit the boys need coming into these crucial encounters, first against Zimbabwe and then Algeria, who are the defending AFCON champions and include Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez in their ranks.

A STRONG SQUAD – DESPITE MY OMISSION!

Honestly, Coach Adel Amarouche has selected a good team. He has picked in-form players who are all doing well for the respective clubs.

Amarouche has a clear strategy and knows exactly how he wants the guys to play.

ZEBRAS COACH: Amarouche

Also, I have no hard feelings for not being called up to the team because others deserve the same chance that I once got.

We just need to support those who have been given the nod to represent the country.

CHILLYBOY’S RED HOT APPOINTMENT

Congratulations to Chillyboy! Truly speaking, he deserves this appointment and I believe he will excel.

We have always wanted a youthful figure who will address our problems as local athletes in efforts to grow our sports.

However, footballers need to understand Chillyboy is not only there for football but all sporting codes.

Anyway, I say this again, the man was not chosen by mistake but by merit!

LIVERPOOL’S SIZZLING START

Liverpool FC were excellent at the weekend, hammering the defending champions Manchester City 3-1 in a truly remarkable game at Anfield.

The Reds are now eight points clear at the top and their players are showing the hunger required to win the Premier League for the first time in the club’s glittering history.

Regardless of the opponents they face, Liverpool always go for the win.

Jurgen Klopp has got them playing wonderful football and I must admit it’s a pleasure to watch – although as an Arsenal fan that’s difficult to say!

OUTCLASSED BY GALAXY

Jwaneng Galaxy are a very good, consistent team.

Their squad have been together for a long time, they complement each other well and deliver high class performances week in week out.

It certainly showed in our 3-1 loss to them last Wednesday when we were sadly second best.

Nevertheless, we took the loss to our drawing board and I am confident we will come back stronger.

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Cooper says sorry

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Apologetic Mini Cooper zooms back into Zebras fold

After making headlines for his drink-fuelled indiscipline whilst on national team duty, Mothusi Cooper has offered a heartfelt apology to the nation.

Although he was not included in the Zebras initial 25-man squad for the upcoming AFCON 2021 qualifiers with Zimbabwe and Algeria, Cooper’s remorse has earned him a recall to the side.

Widely regarded as one of Botswana’s most talented footballers, the 22-year-old central midfielder was one of four players suspended from the Zebras by Head Coach, Adel Amrouche.

Cooper, along with Orapa United players, Mothusi Johnson and Onkabetse Makgantai and Thero Setsile (TS Galaxy) were booted out in disgrace after being caught drinking alcohol while in camp.

The quartet’s boozy antics reportedly took place in-between the Zebras ill-fated two-legged FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifier against Malawi, which they lost 1-0.

Whilst Cooper’s drinking mates remain condemned to the sidelines, the Township Rollers playmaker has been handed a shot at redemption.

Having originally been omitted by Amrouche when the Belgian announced his squad on Monday, Cooper was handed a surprise recall just 24 hours later.

This was followed by a 39-second video of Cooper on social media in which he apologised to the nation for his indiscipline.

The dreadlocked midfielder, who goes by the nickname Mini Cooper, advised professional players to stop drinking alcohol ‘before it’s too late’.

He further apologised to his family for his misbehaviour and was quick to thank Amrouche, the Botswana Football Association (BFA) and the fans for giving him a second chance with the national team.

Not wishing to dwell on the matter, Amrouche described Copper as a good player bursting with potential.

“I’m glad he’s apologised,” added the coach, whose side left for Zimbabwe on Tuesday, where they meet the Warriors in Harare on Friday.

The Zebras then return home, where they face the daunting task of hosting recently crowned AFCON champions Algeria at the National Stadium on Monday.

In a brief interview with Voice Sport, Amrouche stressed that whilst Botswana players are talented, they need to work on their discipline and ‘respect the camp’.

Although he bemoaned the lack of preparation time the squad have had together, Amrouche noted match fitness was not a concern.

“I believe my players are ready to represent the nation well. There are new players in the team – they will be guided by the more experienced guys who have played in international games before. We do not have stars and are in the process of building a strong team with a good mentality,” added Amrouche.

The no-nonsense tactician further revealed that Jwaneng Galaxy’s midfield maestro Lebogang Ditsele was called for camp but did not show up.

“If he does not respect his country he should stay at home. I will work with those who are willing to play!” blasted the Belgian.

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