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Orange delight for Notwane

Tshepo Kehimile
TIGHT MARKING: BDF XI defenders trying to get the ball from Notwane FC player, Israel

Toronto breeze past BDF XI and into last 8

Notwane FC’s impressive recent form continued on a cool Friday evening in Molepolole as they breezed past BDF XI by two goals to nil to reach the last eight of the Orange FA Cup.

Having won their last three league games, including a 1-0 triumph over title chasing Orapa United, Notwane went into the weekend clash with the Army Boys full of confidence.

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Toronto’s attacking intent was clear from the start as Oupa Kowa’s troops laid siege to the BDF XI goal.

Notwane were rewarded for their early pressure in the 7th minute breaking the deadlock through their clinical striker Thabiso Boti.

With the excellent Boyo Lechaena bossing proceedings in the midfield it seemed only a matter of time before they added to their lead.

However, although they continued their high tempo, dominating possession and playing some fabulous football, Notwane had to wait until the 76th before they scored again.

The final nail in the BDF coffin was hammered home by Tshepo Malgas, who capitilised on the soldiers’ tiring defence to double Notwane’s advantage.

Although they huffed and puffed, BDF were unable to find a way past their opponent’s disciplined back four.

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Speaking to Voice Sport after the game, a beaming Kowa was full of praise for his players.

“The boys did very well; they executed the plan correctly! We want to go as far as possible in this cup hence we will keep working hard,” said Kowa, whose team face a daunting trip to Jwaneng Galaxy in the quarter-finals.

For his part, BDF XI’s disappointed gaffer Letang Kgengwenyane said they had anticipated a tough game.

“It was always going to be hard playing against Notwane. We knocked them out of this cup previously hence it was sweet revenge for them. Furthermore, I think our plan did not work overall because we could not break them down as we intended to play a high-pressure game but we were not successful,” he said.

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