CHIEFS ESCAPE BMC SCARE
Without their influential captain Pontsho Moloi and striker Bonolo Fraizer who are both serving suspension Chiefs looked out of sorts.
On the other hand BMC were welcoming back their coach Daniel Nare who has been coaching from the stands in their last two matches.
The Lobatse outfit who played a cup game on Monday against BDF XI showed no signs of fatigue as they took the match to Chiefs from the first whistle.
Sensing Chiefs vulnerability at the back, Chico’s charges played with the verve they showed on Monday night against BDFX XI.
Former Orlando Pirates and Notwane FC midfielder Bennedict Vilakazi dictated terms in the middle with some of the deftest touches he is famous for.
With support in front from Sagebye Sandaka and Boitshoko Zikhale BMC had Kago Mfila’s led defense in sixes and sevens.
On the 37th minute Vilakazi received the ball on the edge of the box, turned the defender and stormed into the area. His trickery was too much for Nfila who handled the ball and referee pointed to the spot.
Former Gaborone United player Sagebye Sandaka stepped up and slotted the ball into the roof of the net.
However Nare’s charges lost concentration in the last minute of referee’s optional time and Chiefs equalized through Mfila after a goal line melee. The match went to recess with both teams tied at 1-all.
At the start of the second half Chiefs mentor Dragojlo Stanojlovic introduced Amos Godirwang in the middle, but the stocky Vilakazi still won the midfield battle.
He was instrumental in the second goal as well; expertly switching play from right to the left wing where Sandaka was lurking in the blind spot.
A low cross in the box was met by Moshe Gaolaolwe to score BMC’s second of the night with just 15 minutes remaining.
The Lobatse side could have added more goals, hitting the woodwork twice in quick succession.
However Chiefs saved the best for last. With just under 10 minutes remaining Godirwang, captain Arnold Chaka and Tshepo Motlhabankwe upped their game in search of the equalizer.
It came in the dying minutes through substitute David Makakaba sending a handful of Chiefs fans into afrenzy. Nare looked gutted on the bench, his side had just given away two valuable points.