Ecco City Greens coach Atshele Molapi on Wednesday evening told Voice Sport that his side has lost an ‘easy game’ to visitors Extension Gunners in a be Mobile fixture at the Francistown Stadium.
Speaking after watching his charges throw away two points through an own goal that earned the Lobatse lads a valuable away point a visibly disappointed Molapi said: “this was an easy game that we should have won but we gave it away.
We let their quarter backs go forward to whip in crosses which we failed to deal with. Our plan was to pin them down and attack them but unfortunately for us it did not work,” said Molapi.
Ecco took the lead a few minutes before half time when Trinity Nko fired past Gunners goalie from inside the box and gave some hope of ending the bad form that has seen them lose consecutive fixtures.
That hope was however dashed 15 minutes into the second half when Mooketsi Hlabano headed a teasing cross past his own keeper to level matters.
The own goal proved decisive as both sides fired blanks until the final whistle.
Molapi blamed his side’s poor finishing in front of goal to trying out new combinations; and the single point his team’s first in the four league games they have played so far seemed to give him no joy as he told Voice Sport: “We are working hard to get new players to click.
For his part Gunners mentor China Matlhaku expressed delight at the way his side got the valuable point, but was quick to add that they might have got all the three had it not been for the bumpy pitch.
“We love to knock the ball around but we could not do it on this pitch which resembles a rugby field.
I am not taking anything from Ecco but I believe had the pitch been in a better state we could have pocketed all the three points’’ Matlhaku told Voice Sport.