The defending league champions Township Rollers were held to a 2 all draw by Police XI in a Premier League encounter played at Molepolole Sports Complex yesterday.At recess, Rollers led 2-0, but were stunned in the second half as the coppers came back to equalize.
Shot stopper Mwapole Masule had a hand in the two goals scored by Police after misjudging the flight of the ball.
A national team keeper; Masule left many Rollers fans heartbroken after committing two schoolboy errors. Most supporters were not happy with his goal line discipline.
Former Zebras defender Ndiyapo Letsholathebe pulled one back for XI with a looping header after Masule failed to hold on to the ball. After having a very good game Uyapo Seleka sealed his wonderful display with an equalizer to cancel ‘The Blues’ lead.
“We could have won the game but as you saw the two costly blunders from our keeper, he was caught out of position. Also our substitutions did not make the necessary impact, we wanted to increase our attack but instead we opened a gap for Police to come to us”, said Rollers coach, Madinda Ndlovu.
“Generally it wasn’t a bad game looking at the fact that this our first league game and our first competitive match as a united team. Most of our players have been engaged with the national team so we haven’t been a unit, so we are not complaining at all.” Ndlovu told Voice Sport.
‘Mapalastina’ took were the first to score on the 40th minute through a penalty after Letsholathebe fouled last season’s top goal scorer Jerome Louis, who stood up to convert the spot kick. Otaantshekela Mooketsi also signaled his arrival at the ‘mmamasire’ side with his signature cracker from a free kick to give rollers a two nil cushion going into the brake.
After realizing that things are getting out hands Police coach Letlaamoreng was forced to substitute striker Phenyo Molefe for Amponsah Ishmael who brought stability to his side.
After the game Letlaamoreng said, “I had to make that early sub because we were not playing well going forward, so I brought Amponsah in so that we can be able to knock the ball around. We are not yet fit enough so I can’t say I am satisfied with todays out comes, but we will get there in no time”.
“The secret to our second half was simple, I just told my boys that Rollers were leading not won the game. If they could score us two goals in the first half then there was nothing stopping us from scoring two or more goals as well”, concluded the Jungle Kings tactician.
Weekend results round up
FRIDAY 8 AUGUST 2014
SANKOYO BUSHBUCKS 2 – 1 MOTLAKASE POWER DYNAMOS
SATURDAY 9 AUGUST 2014
BDF XI 4 – 1 ECCO CITY GREENS
EXTENSION GUNNERS 0 – 2 MOCHUDI CENTRE CHIEFS