Rarely in history do mortals get to fight angels and win, and on Saturday, it was Mochudi Center Chiefs who learnt it the hard.
A week ago, Magosi failed to pluck Eleven Angels’ wings when they hosted them at Riverplate grounds during the first leg of the Botswana Premier League playoffs. On Saturday, Angels soared to a 5 – 0 win over them to reach the promised land.
The win means lekgamu la bananyana (youthful brigade), as Angels Chiefs’ long-awaited return to the elite league while the youthful Angels will now make a debut appearance at the apex of local league football.
In a match characterized by a long stoppage time following clashes between Angels and Chiefs supporters, it was Angels who showed more bottle to convincingly beat Chiefs and attain promotion.
For whatever it means, Chiefs’ dreams of promotion were shattered by the stones that were thrown after Angels scored the first goal, which came through a penalty.
The goal sparked a who-can-throw-stones-better match between the two team’s set of supporters, resulting in a lengthy forced break. The break was to prove devastating for Magosi.
When the game resumed after the forced break, Angels seemed a little calmer and hit Magosi with two quick goals. When the two went to the official recess, the youthful team were three goals to the good.
From then on, it was all about game management for lekgamu la bananyana and coach Seemo Mpatane as they sat back before hitting a further 2 goals in the counter to condemn Chiefs to another season in the dusty grounds.
On the brighter side, Angels’ win will come as a welcome development for the second city of Francistown as it will have a representation in the elite league. Tafic was the last team to represent the city in the league before it was relegated during the 2019 / 2020 league season.
Now as euphoria over Angels’ promotion subsides, attention in the second city should turn on how to help the premier league debutants survive. Already, there are rumours that teams are targeting to pluck some wings off this Angels’ team.
Among the team’s most sought-after talents is teenage forward Monty Enosa. The 18-year-old who has been one of the most talked about starlets is seen as the team’s crown jewel and premier league teams are allegedly lining up for his signature.
Another challenge which Angels will now have to look closely into is the issue of financial support and sponsorship. Ahead of the playoffs, the team was going cap in hand begging for funds.
With as many as 15 away trips out of Francistown, Angels will have to find sponsors as the team will now be burdened with soaring expenses.
While the talent at Angels cannot be doubted, their survival will depend on retaining their youthful talent as well as finding enough funds to meet the demands of playing in the elite league.