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They rode their luck against the Francistow­n favourites, who were convinced they should have had a penalty early in the second half, Phoko appearing to bring down Onkabetse Makganthai, as the speedy striker bore down on goal.

With fans and players screaming for a spotkick, the referee shook his head, much to Phoko’s relief and TAFIC’S dismay.

Desperate to force a victory in a game they had dedicated to their famous supporter, Jonathan ‘Mr Money is a problem’, who sadly passed away last week, Phillimon Makwengwe’s troops pushed the defending champs all the way in an absorbing contest under the lights.

Speaking after the match, Galaxy Coach, Morena Ramoreboli, was full of praise for his opposite number.

“It was a difficult, tactical game. We need to give credit to Dr Phil, he’s doing a tremendous job with the boys. They play 4-4-2, they know how to close the inner zones where you would want to play; honestly speaking, as a team they did very well,” said the South African, whose team look on course for back-to-back titles.

For his part, Makwengwe admitted the defeat was hard to take.

“We played well, it was a balanced game, first and second half. I thought the game played out in a manner that will end in a draw or win, but luck is not for two people, it’s for one. It’s a painful loss for us, the second game where we conceded in the dying minutes. I don’t know if I should call this concentrat­ion lapse or tough luck,” concluded Makwengwe, whose side missed out on the chance to go 4th in the table, remaining in 7th place.

 ?? ?? BIG MOMENT: TAFIC were convinced they should have had a penalty
BIG MOMENT: TAFIC were convinced they should have had a penalty

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