Monday, June 1, 2020

Buoyant Chiefs stretch their lead

Mochudi Centre Chiefs’ supporters sung their lungs out after watching their side register a hard-fought 1-0 win over fifth-placed Gaborone United (GU) in a be MOBILE Premier League game played at UB Stadium on Sunday afternoon. It was a win which many believe has brought Chiefs closer to the league title. Occupying the middle stand on the western side, clad in black and white, Chiefs’ supporters won the hearts of many with their song and dance which took close to 30 minutes after the final whistle.

It has been a difficult week for the Kgatleng giants considering that they were involved in a thrilling 3-1 win against Extension Gunners in midweek. Their supporters have all the reasons to enjoy their current success.

The win over GU takes the log leaders to 54 points with nine games to go. Magosi are enjoying a nine point lead at the summit after their nearest rivals Township Rollers and BMC registered their wins over the weekend. It was not a classic performance from Magosi on Sunday but they did what mattered most in collecting maximum points.

It was diminutive midfielder Pontsho ‘Piro’ Moloi who slotted home the winner in the second half to send hundreds of their supporters into wild celebrations.

The loss confirmed that GU is completely out of the championship race and their supporters are now losing patience. At the start of the current season, GU was tipped as favourites to clinch the title after they brought a number of high-profile players to their camp. But things have not gone their way as evidenced by the fact that they are on the fifth spot. The Reds have managed to accumulate only 38 points. They have suffered three losses against Rollers, BDF XI and Chiefs in five games they have played this year. However, the much awaited clash was spoiled by the injury of GU goalkeeper Noah Maposa who was ferried to hospital towards the end of the first half. Maposa suffered a knee injury with suspicion of torn ligaments. He was expected to go for scanning on Monday morning at the Princess Marina Hospital in Gaborone.

At the end of the game, GU coach Elvis Chiweshe said, “I’m not happy because we lost a game which we were not supposed to have lost. There was nothing special which Chiefs did today. A fair result would have been a goalless draw but we gave away a stupid goal.”

Chiefs’ coach Madinda Ndlovu said they planned well for GU and he was happy that they went home with maximum points.

“We played different from when we played Gunners. I’m happy that we won,” he said.

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