It was just too easy.
Not just the 2-1 victory against struggling TASC Confidence but the whole season seemed a walk in the park for Orapa United FC.
On Wednesday afternoon, the magnificent outfit from the diamond mining town of Orapa wrapped up the Debswana first division north league with two games to spare.
Twelve points clear of second placed FC Satmos, Orapa has dominated the country’s second tier league for most of the season.
They suffered their first loss last Saturday away against Two-Two-Five FC at Senete village.
No-one has made more of an impact for the newly promoted premiership side than the talented Tumelo Mazebedi.
Although he did not score on the day of crowning, the enterprising winger played a significant role in ensuring that his side was eventually crowned the champions.
Mazebedi flicked the ball facing the opposite side and find Opelo Godfrey well positioned right in the penalty box to push the ball into an open net.
The move left his mentor, Nchime ‘Mainstay’ Modise open-mouthed in awe.
“Pass of the Century!” exclaimed the little known tactician, perhaps letting the joy of the occasion cloud the judgment.
On reflection, Modise reassessed Mazebedi’s performance and said: “If ever there was a pass of the season, Mazebedi’s could win.
It was a fantastic flick over, head over the ball – a magnificent pass indeed.”
Another goal by Oitse Leeme with only five minutes before regulation brought peace at last in the Orapa United camp.
Even a superlative grounder scored by TASC’s Lucas Mathatha could not halt the Orapa side from being crowned champions.
In the last minutes, Orapa played cautiously and proved why the side has managed to go for a record 19 games without a loss.
They brilliantly defended and attacked with caution until the last whistle.
“I had long waited for this (winning the league).
It is a great feeling,” said Mazebedi, who scored a total of 12 goals for this newly promoted side.
He said Orapa United deserved the promotion to the elite league.
“Orapa is a fantastic team with unbelievable players.
The caliber of the players we have deserved to play in the biggest league on the land,” said an excited Mazebedi, as he continues throwing a glance at some of his peers who were still celebrating.
Modise said going for a record 19 games without a loss was not an easy task.
He said it was a tough assignment.
But his players showed character throughout.
For his part, TASC coach Galeboe Boinyana said his players did everything within their power to inflict a second defeat on Orapa but it was not easy.