Lemogang Maswena of Orapa United FC and Mothusi Johnson of Gaborone United during the 2017 Mascom Top 8 football match between Gaborone United and rapa United at National Stadium, Botswana on 03 February 2018 ©BackpagePix
Monday Feb 05, 2018. 09:00
Orapa United stunned Gaborone United 4-1 in the Mascom Top 8 Cup semi-final second-leg encounter at the National Stadium in Gaborone on Saturday.
As a result, the Ostriches joined Township Rollers in this season’s final after winning 5-1 on aggregate, while GU are eliminated from the tournament.
Orapa came into the encounter having won 1-0 at home in the first-leg encounter which was played at the Itekeng Stadium in Orapa last weekend.
GU came close to breaking the deadlock 11 minutes into the game when Kennedy Amutenya forced Orapa goalkeeper Mosimanegape Robert into a good save from a free-kick.
However, the shot-stopper was beaten just after the half-hour mark this after Moya Goleele were awarded a penalty. Tumisang Orebonye had been fouled inside the Orapa box.
Kabelo Seakanyeng then stepped up and beat Robert from the spot-kick to make it 1-0 to GU on the night and 1-1 on aggregate much to the delight of the home crowd.
But the lead only lasted for seven minutes as Tendai Nyumasi leveled matters for Orapa after the GU defence had made a mistake and the Zimbabwean forward punished them.
The score was 1-1 at half-time with Orapa leading 2-1 on aggregate.
An entertaining second-half followed as the Ostriches piled pressure on the Moya Goleele defence and they managed to take the lead for the first time on the night.
Onkabetse Makgantai scored with a beautiful overhead kick to make it 2-1 to Orapa nine minutes into the second-half - silencing the GU fans inside the stadium.
It was soon 3-1 to the visitors as Kobamelo Kebaikanye made a good run before beating GU goalkeeper Ookeditse Semelamela with powerful shot in the 84th minute.
The Ostriches were running riot and they extended their lead in the 90th minute through, former Rollers winger Kebaikanye, who scored from a corner-kick to make it 4-1 to Orapa.
Ultimately, the 2015/16 champions Orapa ran out 4-1 winners over the two-time winners GU on the night and Kebaikanye deservedly walked away with the Man of the Match accolade.