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Itekeng stadium: a fortress to visiting teams

Last season Orapa United won 11 of 15 games at home

Every visiting team entering the gate of the diamond mining town of Orapa can be assured of a definite loss, or a draw, if the Boteti gods are someone in deep sleep during the game. Only few teams have managed to get maximum points from the umbrella team.


The ostriches as the side is affectionally known have become a deadly team while in Itekeng stadium. This season they have managed to beat log leaders Extension Gunners, beating them 3-1 after having humbled football giants Gaborone United 2-1, FC Satmos also lost 2-0 in the opening game in Orapa.

They have only registered one loss away to BDF XI before drawing against Nico United at Sam Sono stadium in Phikwe. This has despite five rounds of the premiership showed that last season feat was not a fluke. Overall they managed hundred percent from all their home games.


Under the mentorship of former Township Rollers, Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Nico united gaffer Madinda Ndlovu the team is again in the right hands. Last season when they won 11 games at home and ultimately gaining 36points from possible 45 they were under the tutelage of another experienced coach in Maxwell “Malume” Moyo who has since moved to Police XI. It would seem he left it in the good hands of Ndlovu together with his right hand men Mogomotsi “Chips” Koolese and Zacharia Muzazi.


In the past the Itekeng Stadium which was known as DH Moore Stadium used by among others Boteti Young Fighters had a notorious record of being the slaughter house especially for defeating the big guns in the exciting Coca cola Cup. Extension Gunners was once suspended from the tournament following a mob justice by the players and supporters on the referee after they lost in Orapa. Some teams have linked this to poor officiating and or the use of black magic at the 5000 capacity stadium.


With this impressive showing at home, this is what football should be like; to make sure you collect maximum points while home. However, surprisingly, the team is a bad traveller as they always lose games when playing away. One would wonder why! Last season, in an all important clash against Chiefs in which the winners stood a better chance of winning the league the team couldn’t stand the pressure, ultimately giving the match away through an own goal.


In the coming games, Orapa which boast of great players like Simon “Alonso” Mashadza, Tumelo “Di Maria” Madzebedi, Thabang “Marco” Mosige, the 22 year old Thabang Sesinyi  just to mention but a few is expected to run riot. They will visit Jwaneng Galaxy then host the on form Miscellaneous, before visiting BR Highlanders. Another interesting battle is expected when they face Chiefs at their slaughter house, last season Orapa managed to beat the then favourites Chiefs 2-1.


Following their last season’s good showing when they finished as the runners up, the expectation is the team will surpass the target or maintain that this season.

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