Zebras Pierce King’s Shield

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar November 21, 2018 20:59

Zebras Pierce King’s Shield

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Major David Bright’s Setswana Dipitse (The Zebras) produced a sterling display to see off Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland) 2-0 in their COSAFA Plate semi-final. The Sihlangu Semnikati (King’s Shield) was pierced twice by determined Zebras, Onkabetse Makgantai after just 9 minutes, and again by his young replacement Gape Mohutsiwa.

The young midfielder who plies his trade in his homeland for Township Rollers, replaced the Zebras’ most feared marksman in this edition of the COSAFA Castle Cup with 16 minutes of normal time remaining. With Eswatini chasing an equaliser – they had no choice – Mohutsiwa took advantage to double Botswana’s lead after 3 minutes of added time.

Makgantai, just 22, is already developing his reputation. Currently, he is on the books of AS Vita, Congolese challengers to the great TP Mazembe, after a stint in his homeland for Nico United. He was then loaned by Vita to Botswanan outfit, Orapa United. Last year he moved to the Democratic Republic of Congo and missed last year’s edition of the COSAFA Cup as he attempted to settle in at his new club in the DRC.

However, Makgantai’s performances and availability will surely attract attention of major clubs – his contract runs out this month. He’s keen for a move and sees the tournament as an opportunity to showcase his talent. He is currently the tournament’s leading scorer with 5 goals, and likely to win the Golden Boot.

His nearest challenger, Luis Miquissone, went home when Mozambique were eliminated in the group stage, leaving team-mate Kabelo Seakanyeng, who picked up a late caution tonight, the leading challenger for the Golden Boot of those still active in the tournament.
Botswana will play hosts, South Africa, for 5th place, and the Plate, in 3 days’ time. The losers of today’s semi-finals, Namibia and Eswatini have finished their COSAFA Castle Cup 2018 campaigns.

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar November 21, 2018 20:59

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