Africa-Press – Botswana. Resilient Eleven Angels proved their mantle when they played to a 1-1 draw against Township Rollers in a premier league match at Old Francistown stadium on Saturday.
Even though Rollers, alias Mapalastina, showed a lot of hunger and wanted to take the game played under sweltering heat by the scruff of the neck early, Eleven Angels aka Lekgamu la Bananyana would not let their tried and tested opponents dictate terms.
As the tempo of the game was heightened, premier league debutants’ attempts to catch Rollers on the counter also went to waste.
However, Segolame Boy’s thunderbolt in the 23rd minute following a blunder by Eleven Angels’ defence gave his side the lead.
Ironically, Rollers’ goal galvanised Lekgamu la Bananyana to search for an equaliser as they started to fire from all cylinders, keeping the visitors’ goal stopper on his toes in many instances.
In the 40th minute, the now buoyant youthful home side levelled matters with a sweeping header by hard-tackling central defensive middle-fielder Ronny Leagetse, sending shivers down the spines of Rollers’ fans.
The two teams started where they left off in the second stanza of the game, but failed to score to bag the maximum three points that were at stake.
Rollers’ skipper, Simisani Mathumo was given a yellow card for infringing high-flying Eleven Angels’ left-winger Tlotlo Kgaolo before his fellow player, youthful Lebopo Moremi was red-carded for dangerous play moments later.
Eleven Angels gaffer, Seemo Mpatane, was happy with the one point his side garnered against Township rollers saying it was one of his teams’ ‘biggest points’.
He was equally excited by the fact that Monty Enosa had passed his trials in Denmark and was due to ply his trade in Europe come June this year.
In an interview, Rollers’ coach, Sergio ‘Daniel’ Moniz Traquill was not happy with the referring and felt match officials were hard on his side.
He cited as an example the red card that was issued against Moremi saying a yellow card would have sufficed.
He said, however, that his side would have to up their game and make sure they did not become wasteful in front of goals if they harboured winning any silverware.
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