Mochudi Centre Chiefs looks to be on course once again this season to fight for honours. They played three matches and only drew one and won two.
They were champions two seasons ago and last season they were runners up, but if their performance against Extension Gunners on Saturday is any yard stick they might be a force to reckon with this season.
Although Chiefs emerged victorious, they had to sweat against a much improved Extension Gunners.
Centre Chiefs came to the game knowing that they had to protect their record of defeating Mapantsola over a long period while Gunners wanted to improve their league standing.
Centre Chiefs is one of those teams that have played the least number of matches and if they can win the games in hand, they will be on top of the league.
Against Gunners, Centre chiefs started trailing in the early minutes of the first half because of Gunners’s goal hungry forward, Monametsi ‘Sunday’ Kelebale.
A few minutes after Kelebale’s goal, Chiefs Zambian import, Mekiwa Musonda, leveled matters following a mix up in the box between Gunners defenders and goalkeeper, Tshoganetso Batungamile.
The teams went to the 1st half break tied at 1-1 and hopes flared high during the second half as each team wanted to secure an early lead. Dirang Moloi and Oteng Moalosi tested Gunners defence, but it seemed luck was not on their side as they failed a couple of times to get the second goal.
However Gunners took the challenge head on, with Kelebale fighting with all he had to get the second goal for his team. His aggressive attacks nearly paid off when Chiefs defender, James Kachinga, blundered, failing to clear a ball just outside the 18 yard box, but it seemed luck was not on his side either as he failed to score when he was left with only the goal keeper to beat. The young Chiefs goal minder, Mompoloki Sephekolo, denied him the opportunity by superbly clearing the ball away.
Chiefs secured its second goal on controversial grounds after what many thought was clearly a penalty in farvour of Gunners. This was after Monageng Thaele was hard tackled by Michael Mogaladi.
The referee, however, waved play on, ignoring Thaele sprawled on the ground and Chiefs goal architect, Dirang Moloi, crafted a pass to Musonda who clinically finished with a header, sending Centre Chiefs fans into jubilation.
Simakwenzi, who many believed was a shadow of himself on the day, could have equalized as he had a clear cut opportunity, facing Sephekolo alone, but could not bury the ball as Sephekolo rose to the occasion and saved the day for Magosi.
Chiefs’ Musonda went with the P1000 Man of the Match incentive for his craftsmanship in the field.
Meanwhile, Township Rollers and Nico United maintained their status at the top of the league.
Rollers beat Notwane 3-2 on Friday, courtesy of Terrence Mandaza and Amos ‘Shoes’ Godirwang.
Nico, on the other hand, walloped Jwaneng Comets 4-1.