Mochudi Centre Chiefs’ have vowed to fight and soldier on to maintain their top spot until the end of the season.
Centre chiefs have already started the second round on a positive note following a long break due to the Africa Cup of Nations. They have also started without their inspirational speedy winger Joel Mogorosi who is injured.
They did not make significant signings compared to their arch rivals, Township Rollers, Gaborone United and BMC. The team spokesperson, Clifford Mogomotso, told Telegraph Sports that they are taking each match as it comes but will do all they can to be champions at the end.
“Several teams have made major signings and we are yet to play them again. But we are prepared for them as much as they are prepared for us. We are also missing the services of our top player, Mogorosi, but look at what happened on Sunday. Mogorosi is important to us but there are other players who can stand in when he is not there,” he said.
Mogomotsi added that they are not only looking at the league championship but also the lucrative top eight tournament. On Sunday Centre Chiefs beat Uniao Flamengo Santos 3-1 to maintain their eight point lead ahead of BMC, Gaborone United (GU) and Township Rollers. This coming weekend they will travel to Francistown to take on their hoodoos, Ecco City Green. After losing 2-1 to BMC over the weekend Ecco will not want to lose another match and will trot onto the pitch with guns blazing.
On the other hand, Mogorosi is reported to be making a speedy recovery and might make his comeback in three weeks time.
“We are expecting Joel to play competitively in about three weeks and we are happy at the way he is recovering,” said Mogomotsi.
Meanwhile, Rollers and GU posted convincing victories against both FC Satmos and Tafic.
Rollers won 7-1 while GU did a 4-0 on their opponents.
With Centre Chiefs still to play both teams, it will indeed be interesting to watch. Both teams made major signings that have already signaled their arrival.
New GU striker Makundika Sakala together with Pako Moloi scored a brace apiece to help their team trounce Tafic.
The trio of BMC, Centre Chiefs and GU would have to triple their efforts to topple Centre Chiefs. For one of the teams to go top, Chiefs have to lose three matches provided that team does not itself drop a single point. After weekend results, Mogorosi was still the leading goal scorer with 22 goals. Both Nico United striker, Master Masitara and Kekaetswe ‘Mara’ Moloi trail him by seven goals.