Sankoyo, Etsha, Mbalakalungu’s Early Exit From FA Cup


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Etsha Morning Stars, Sankoyo Bush Bucks and Mbalakalungu have all been knocked out of the Orange FA Cup Season 4, much to the disappointment of their legion of fans.

The last 48 round of the tournament was held this past weekend and the three clubs failed to qualify to the next round of the last 32.

Sankoyo was hammered 4 goals to one by the lower division side FC Masterpiece from Palapye while Mbalakalungu suffered a 1-0 loss to Eleven Angels from Francistown and Etsha Morning Stars was walloped 6-1 by Super Stars United FC from Selebi Phikwe.

Super Stars were all over Etsha Morning Stars and in the 22nd minute they opened the account through Thapelo Motshabi with Gofaone Moreba scoring his braces in the 41st and 43rd minute. Morning Stars lost the match and allowed Beef Boys to score the fourth goal in the 52nd minute through Omphile Seithamo before Morning Stars FC responded in the 67th minute through Temogo Moses.

The Phikwe boys continued to tear Morning Stars apart and added another goal to their lead in the 80th minute by Thabang Dichauto. Kemaketse Tom hammered the last nail in the 89th minute to qualify Super Stars through to the last 32.

Sankoyo was also humiliated by the lower division side FC Masterpiece who scored in the first half of the game through Osego Abel in the 3rd minute before Alfred Motlalepula scored his braces in the 10th and 15th of the game at Sankoyo’s defense error. Before half-time Sankoyo made few changes in the squad and managed to pull one back to make it 3-1 during recess.

In the second half Sankoyo tried to maintain their ball possession and tried to catch FC Masterpiece on counter attacks but ended up making the same mistake from the back to allow the host to score their last goal to make it 4-1 victory through Lesego Baikane.

Mbalakalungu had a regular challenge against Eleven Angels who are in the same league (DFDN) and the win was expected to go either way but Angels hammered the Chobe side to qualify for the next round.

Sankoyo Bush Bucks Assistant Coach Likha Paphani blamed their loss on the defense which he complained made many mistakes that cost them a win.

“Our defense made school boys errors in the 3rd, 10th and 15th minutes.  Obviously it was a very tough situation looking at the fact that we are a team which has a very low scoring rate in the league. We then immediately made quick changes and managed to get a goal before we went for half time break,” he told Times Sport.

Etsha Morning Stars secretary, Baeti Gende also said their team tried everything possible to win the match but it was not easy at all sitting financial challenges to feed the boys as well as to motivate them. He said their opponent were very good and looked prepared than them and were confortable on the ball and made excellent passes throughout the entire haves.

Some of the interesting matches of the FA Cup last 32 to watch will be between Extension Gunners against Rolling Guys, Township Rollers against Super Stars, and Security Systems up against the lower division side Black Rangers FC as well as Notwane against Nojane Young Stars FC among others.


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