David Bright suspended
Gaborone United’s uninspiring attempt to turn around a two- goal deficit against Supersport United left hundreds of supporters with more questions than answers.
It was not really about the 1-0 loss (3-0 aggregate), but the team’s lack of imagination. Winger Mandla Mgadla failed to send a single telling cross into the danger zone making it easy for Bevan Fransman’s led defence.
Match statistics spoke volumes. GU had only eight shots at goal for the entire 90 minutes. Not good enough for a side that needed to score four goals to progress.
The GU fans were gutted and reduced to taking out their frustrations by insulting Supersport players, especially Mor Diouf whose Mohawk hairstyle was the subject of amusement from the home support.
Sensing that the majority of GU fans had given up, after another routine goal by lanky Senegalese striker Mame Niang six minutes before the break, Supersport’s travelling fans broke into song.
There were about 100 travelling supporters who had accompanied the team from Pretoria,and for long spells their singing drowned out the home support, another source of irritation for local fans. Major David Bright’s charges lost both the match and the choir battle.
At the final whistle the travelling fans and players engaged into a hugging game at the perimeter fence, while GU fans proceeded to the exit with their heads bowed.
Sharlene Magwegwe whose colourful outfit became the envy of both young and old expressed her happiness after the match. The 47-year-old from Atteridgevile has supported Matsatsantsa for the last 14 years and was excited to see Gaborone for the first time.
“I’m happy we won, but above all I’m really excited to be here. This is my first time in Gaborone and I enjoyed the reception,” said Magwegwe.
The lady called ‘Mama’ by Supersport United players and officials told Voice Sport that she travels with the team wherever they go.
“If I can’t raise enough money, players and team officials usually come to my rescue. This team can’t go anywhere without me,” she said.
Her eyes light up at the mention of Zebras and Bloemfontein Celtics player Mogogi Gabonamong who left Supersport this season.
“Gino! Gino; he was my favorite player. I called him on Friday to tell him that I was on my way to Botswana. He did not answer, he was probably at training. I wanted to ask him to invite his family to come watch the match,” she said.
Magwegwe also spoke highly of Diphetogo Selolwane who left the Pretoria team to join Amatuks.
“Dipsy was such a gentleman, humble and very disciplined, I like him,” she said.
As she waved back to the Supersport players young football lovers tussle to have a picture with her and like a true mother of the club, she dully obliges and poses with excited young fans.
Meanwhile United Coach David Bright was immediately suspended after the loss. A statement from the club announced that Bright was suspended from all team activities until further notice. The assistant coach George Mogopodi will hold fort in the interim.
No reasons were given for Bright’s unexpected suspension save to say an investigation on the team’s poor performance will be carried out.