Botswana’s Vultures got off to a flying start at the ongoing Africa Cup Division 1C Championship against minnows Swaziland. In a one sided match on Sunday afternoon the hosts walloped Swaziland 87-0 at the National Stadium in Gaborone.
Botswana’s first trie came through Kathalego Mohutsiwa and from there on, there was little the inexperienced Swazi side could do against a well experienced Botswana side.
With the like of team captain Eddie Ernest who is a lock, Kagiso Molefhi on the right wing who scored a number of tries and Hugo Botha in the center who took all the teams’ penalties; the Vultures were cruising and it was no surprise that they scored over 50 points before recess.
Swaziland throughout the game had not significant attempts at goal as all their moves were intercepted in either side of the field.
The Vultures coach Ivor Greaves told Voice sport that from the onset they intended to go forward and score many tries as soon as possible.
He said they were also cautious in their defense by making sure that they clear the entire ruckus. “But as you may have notice the Swaziland team doesn’t have much experience and they have very young and new players in their squad.
We need to carry the momentum going into our last three matches. If we win all our matches we will be promoted to Division 1B.
Greaves was however delighted at his boys for coping well with playing Fifteens as it has never happened with them except only when they played sevens.
Coach added that going into Impala’s game on Wednesday afternoon they would have to work on clearing their back at break down points, because it’s a big club and they need to be spot on, especially on the yards.
Botswana is hosting the tournament for the third time after it first hosted it in 2007 and in 2012.
Vultures are hoping to repeat the 2012 feat when they won the tournament and secured promotion to Division 1B, but was short lived when they were relegated back to Division 1C in 2013 after performing badly at the Division 1B Championships held in Senegal.
Next fixtures (Wednesday 18th June 2014)
Nigeria v Swaziland 12:30
Zambia v Mauritius 14:30
Botswana v Impala Rustenburg 16:30