11 March 2019

Botswana: Sua Flamingoes Humble Nico United

Selebi Phikwe — The battle for BTC Premiership automatic promotion continued on March 9 as Sua Flamingoes beat Nico United 3-1 in a Debswana First Division North league game in Selebi Phikwe.

Flamingoes started the game on a high note with their captain Mamikina Manyuga dominating in the middle of the field with his distribution.

The combination of Tendai Nyamazawo, Mompati Sekwa, Joseph Nkgoeng and Mamikina Manyuga troubled Majombolo defence, which was under the control of their captain Derrick Ramofi.

Flamingoes' lanky player Sekwa scored first goal with a long range shot outside the box in the 11th minute.

The visitors continued to dominate the play with all their departments well organised especially their defence, which was made of Ogomoditse Bauleni, Donald Chiringa, Shanganani Ngada and Sydney Moseki.

In the 20th minute, Lesego Tapela failed to score Majombolo's first goal.

The game went to half-time when United players were starting to find each other and doing everything possible to get an equaliser.

At the start of the second half, Majombolo piled pressure on Flamingoes until they won free kick outside the box and they failed to utilise the chance to equalise.

Tapela, who looked to have raised a hand among Nico United players, broke away from Flamingoes defence in the 60th minute and failed to score in a one on one situation with Sua goalkeeper Thatayaone Thandazela, who easily saved the ball.

In the 66th minute Ngwako Ramokgathadi, scored Flamingoes' second goal after getting a pass from Nyamazawo, who broke away from Majombolo's defence to pass the ball to Ramokgathadi.

United never sat back but put pressure on Flamingoes and were rewarded in the 75th minute when Thato Ganetsang scored Majombolo's first goal to pull one from the back.

Flamingoes top men Nyamazwo and Sekwa were replaced by Partick Lenyeletse and Thabiso Bante to increase the attack and their decision worked as Donald Chiringa managed to scored a third goal in the the 85th minute.

Nico United caretaker coach Monametsi Kelebale said his team lost against the team, which was made of experienced players as most his players were new in the team.He said more of his experienced players left the team for other teams in the just ended transfer window.

Kelebale added that lack of sponsorship was one of the things that affected their team's preparations.

As a result, he appealed to United supporters and companies in Selebi Phikwe and surrounding areas to help the team with funds.

Sua Flamingoes coach Casper Elijah said the players managed to play according to instructions adding that they had been doing well in winning their away games compared to home games.

He added they would continue to work hard and win their remaining games so that they attain a respectable position in the log at the end of the season.

Source : BOPA


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