Thursday, April 25, 2024

Bright satisfied with his charges

Gaborone United (GU) head coach, David Bright, is confident that his side will be ready when the 2012/2013 be-MOBILE Premier League kicks off this coming weekend.  

The former army major said this after watching his side thump league champions Mochudi Centre Chiefs 4-0 in the final of a four-team tournament played at SSKB Stadium in Mogoditshane on Saturday.  

It was newly-signed Tebogo Sembowa who tormented Chiefs’ rearguard on the day by scoring a hattrick.

Earlier, GU beat BDF XI to book a place in the final while Chiefs overcame BMC.

Having arrived at GU last month, Bright has been hard at work trying to come up with a team which can compete strongly in the league. After the weekend’s performance, GU supporters left the army barracks with some hope that this might be their season.

“I was happy with the performance of the team overall. We tried different combinations and approaches. The team is coming along okay but we need to work on the fitness of the players because I don’t think they’re at the level I want them to be,” said Bright on Monday morning.

The GU gaffer gave a run to a number of youngsters and hinted that some of them might play a role in the title challenge. Bright is aware that it is going to take something special to turn things around at the club.

GU supporters believe that their side has enough quality to bring them more silverware in the coming season. The Reds last won the championship three years ago when they beat Chiefs 1-0 in the title decider, which was played in Molepolole. Former Uniao Flamengo Santos midfielder, Jackie Mothatego, played both games and scored a beautiful freekick against BDF XI in the second semi-final.

For his part, Chiefs’ head coach Madinda Ndlovu was pleased with their performance in the morning but not against GU.

“We looked tired in the second game and our combinations were not pleasing,” said Ndlovu.

Chiefs’ supporters had an opportunity to see winger Phenyo Mongala in action. Chiefs missed the services of Elvis Meleka who watched the game from the sidelines due to an injury. Galabgwe Moyana and Mompoloki Sephekolo were given a rest after returning from national team duty.


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