Orapa United are on song after edging out BDF XI from the race for the coveted P1.2 million Mascom Top 8 prize following a nerve wrecking 5-4 victory from a penalty shoot out at the Francistown Sports Complex.
Going into the game last night, the two teams were on a n equal footing following a one-all draw from the first leg that was played at the same venue a fortnight ago.
Referee Keabetswe Dintwa gave the teams an additional 30 minutes, but none of them managed to change the result until they went for penalties.
Speaking after the game, Orapa Coach Madinda Ndlovu, dedicated the victory to his assistant, Chipa Koolese, who was recently admitted at the hospital.
He said although the boys worked hard, they were also driven by the desire to reward the ailing assistant coach. “It was a game of two halves. First we were able to penetrate their defence and creating scoring opportunities, attacked them well and we missed chances. BDF made their homework at half time and they came back determined to get a goal. They played long balls which gave us problems because they were very good at the second ball and that’s how they got their goal,” said Ndlovu.
He said introducing Thabang Sesinyi, who is a top goal scoring contender in the competition, also added value to the game.
The Orapa United mentor also said they are getting ready for their league game which was postponed due to rain against BR Highlanders on Tuesday and that it’s vital to win it to compensate for their loss against Mochudi Centre Chiefs in the last fixture.
Ndlovu said he was happy to have reached the finals and commended his players for their determination as well as the management’s support.
He said he would be waiting for a winner between Magosi and Mapalastina who are playing today.
Matebele Mentor Beston Chambeshi said his boys did all their best but it was tough.
He said the game decided on penalties is painful and that they have learnt a lot this far and are now shifting their focus to premier league games