Thursday, July 18, 2024

BMC, Rollers close in on Centre Chiefs

Interesting times seem to be lying ahead in the be-Mobile Premier League looking at the number of matches left.

Already, there are 12 matches to go and league leaders Mochudi Centre Chiefs are about to feel the heat. This past weekend they lost two valuable points against hoodoos, Ecco City Green.

On the other hand, two near rivals, Township Rollers and BMC, registered victories to come a bit closer to the top. Centre Chiefs lead second-placed BMC by six points while third placed Township Rollers trail by nine points. More interestingly, Chiefs are yet to play all the three teams immediately behind them, including Gaborone United (GU).

Any of the top three teams that can win most matches against the others stand a better chance of winning the league championships.

This past weekend, matches somehow signaled a little bit of direction the league is taking. BMC had to fight hard to beat cross town rivals, Extension Gunners 1-0 in Lobatse on Saturday while Rollers had to also win their big derby against fierce rivals, GU 2-1 on Sunday.

As was expected, the University of Botswana Stadium was packed to capacity and Rollers ended up pocketing maximum points. GU on the other hand had to endure a lot of pain because their robust defender, Tumisang Sekanonyane, had to go for an early shower for rough play. After that, the defending champions scored two goals via striker Onalethata Tshekiso from tap inns.

GU, however, did not let the numerical disadvantage deter them as they kept on fighting and ended getting a goal through Ronald Chikomo. GU could have even equalised or won but they were unfortunate as they either hit the post or found Rollers goalkeeper Kabelo Dambe in an uncompromising mood.

Both Rollers and BMC have to really work hard if they are to topple Mochudi Centre Chiefs. Centre Chiefs, however, will not want to easily lose points. Meanwhile there were no major changes at the top of the goalscoring table.

Injured Mochudi Centre Chiefs winger, Joel Mogorosi, is still leading with 22 goals. Master Masitara (Nico United) and Kekaetswe ‘Mara’ Moloi are on second spot with 15 goals apiece.

Township Rollers duo of Sekhana Koko and Mogakolodi Ngele have 13 and 11 goals, respectively, while their teammate, Onalethata Tshekiso, has 10 goals.


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