The Senior National Team put on a sterling performance against visiting Tanzania on Tuesday afternoon.
Peter Butler’s charges scored four goals past a hapless Tanzanian side in preparation for their AFCON qualifiers 2nd preliminary games against Guinea Bissau on 19th July. Tanzania on the other hand was using the match to prepare for their date against Mozambique.
The visiting side opened the scoring through Khamisi Khamisi to stun a handful of supporters at the National Stadium. The lead did not last that long as recalled Zebras striker Jerome Ramatlhakwana leveled with a routine header.
The talisman ran to the corner flag and did the “old man celebration” reminiscent of former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’. This was perhaps a dig at coach Butler who had twitted that JJ was ‘finished’.
The equalizer opened the floodgates as the local side ran riot in the second and final half. Lemponye Tshireletso made a solo run from the halfway line and scored a controversial goal.
The use of the newly established goal-line technology could have come in handy to convince the Tanzania contingent that the ball had indeed crossed the line.
Minutes later Bonolo Phuduhudu got his first international goal to make it 3-1, before Gaborone United’s Karabo Phiri scored the fourth on the 70th minute.
The highlight for the Zebras was Ramatlhakwane and Tshireletso’s combination throughout the match. They both gave Tanazian defense a torrid time, finding spaces in the unstable back four.
Tanzania however got their second goal, converted from the spot by John Bocco after a foul by Edwin Olerile was the last man to be on the score sheet converting Tanzania’s penalty on the dying minutes, which was unnecessarily committed by Edwin Olerile.
“We were trying to knock the ball around so that we can be able to create more chances going forward and it worked well today. Credit must also go to the young boys such as Thato Ogopotse, Kabelo Seakanyeng and Karabo Phiri who also came to the party once given the chance,” said Butler after the match.
Tanzanian coach Salum Mayanga expressed his displeasure with the his charges lost the match.
“It is bad that we lost but it will help us going forward because we will be able to work on our mistakes and prepared for our next tougher game”, he said.
By LEONARD MATOTA