Sowa Flamingoes’ Debswana First Division North League title hopes were dealt a massive blow on Sunday evening when the soda ash and salt miners went down 0-1 at the hands of a seemingly rejuvenated TAFIC Sporting Club at the Francistown council stadium.
Matjimenyenga Boys, as TAFIC is affectionately known in football circles found the winning goal in the dying minutes of the game played before a capacity crowd, mainly supporters of the home side.
The goal that came as a result of an own goal through the usually defensive boot of Ishmael Mosetlha deep in the referee’s optional time – a development that left a handful Flamingoes fans enthralled.
Flamingoes’ defeat, third of the ongoing 2015/16 season – all conceded in the second round – leaves the early title contenders six points adrift of the current log leaders, Mahalapye Hotspurs with 37points.
With only four rounds of the league season left to play, Flamingoes’ chances of claiming the lower division title and automatic promotion to the biggest league on the land have severely diminished.
Both sides started the game like houses on fire with both sets of defenders very much on top and equal to the task. The game played under a sweltering summer hit swung from one end to the other with the two teams searching for a goal.
Former ECCO City Greens goal minder, Chamunorwa Madamombe who crossed the floor to join crosstown rivals, TAFIC during the August transfer window period made some crucial saves to keep his side in the game.
On the other hand Flamingoes’ skipper and fullback in Kerapetse Mosimanekgosi had to work extra time alongside his goalkeeper Wilson Muchenje to fend-off the marauding TAFIC strike force led by Ogomoditswe Baoleng.
The teams went for the breather with none of them having managed to dazzle the net. After the break, the two sides picked it from where they left it in desperate bids to find the back of the net and a probable win.
But frustrations continued for both sides. The two sets of the teams toiled for the better part of the second half with no goals coming until the hosts did put the visitors under immense pressure in the dying minutes of the game.
An under pressure Mosetlha pushed the ball into his own net as he tried to clear it for a corner – sending the TAFIC players and their supporters into a frenzy of jubilation with only few minutes before the final whistle.
Despite the loss, Flamingoes’ chairperson Bashi Joseph has remained optimistic that the miners have got a chance of clinching the lower division title. He said the technical team is busy psyching the boys to put the frustrations behind and win all their remaining games.
After falling to close the gap on Arsenal by losing to a record breaking goal by Kane at the Tottenham stadium.Manchester City now find themselves being charged by the Premier League with more than 100 breaches of its financial rules following a four-year investigation.
According to BBC , it has referred the club to an independent commission over alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018 , and also that Man-city has not been co-operating since the investigation which started in 2018 .
BBC further states that The commission can impose punishment including a fine , points deduction and expelling the club from the Premier league.
The alleged breaches include ,┬á breaching rules for requiring full details of manager remuneration,from 2009-2010, to 2012-2013 seasons when Roberto Mancini was in charge . Also player remuneration between 2010-2011 and 2015-2016.
The Premier league stated that City breached rules related to UEFA regulations , including Financial Fair Play , from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018 ,as well as Premier League rules on profitability and sustainability from 2014-2016 to 2017-2018
The Manchester United defender will now focus on his club career having made 93 caps for France, appearing at three world cups and on European championship. The Les Bleus won the World cup in 2018 and Raphael Varane started all but one of FranceÔÇÖs matches in Qatar as they finished as runners up to Argentina