Pacesetters Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Township Rollers came away from their northern assignments on Saturday with victories which see them occupying the top spots in the be-MOBILE Premier League.┬á
On Saturday morning, both sets of supporters made the busy village of Palapye colourful en-route to their destinations.
Log leaders Chiefs were brave enough to beat stubborn Nico United 2-0 in Selebi-Phikwe, thanks to Joel Mogorosi and Kekaetswe Moloi’s goals. The win has taken Magosi’s points to 31 after 12 games and they seem on course to win their second championship in many years. ┬á
After losing to Chiefs, Nico United, who started the season brightly, have been relegated to the fourth spot with 23 points. Chiefs’ publicity officer, Clifford Mogomotsi, said beating Nico United away from home was not an easy task but he was glad that they managed to get the maximum points.
“The good thing is that previously when Nico played BMC, we went with our technical team to watch them. They identified some areas to exploit and indeed our plan went well. When Nico played BMC, there were signs that they’re a beatable side.
On Saturday, they came at us but we managed to contain them, especially their star man (Master Masitara),” said Mogomotsi.
The spokesperson added that their intention is to win the championship and they are on the right track at the moment.
Chiefs last won the Premiership in 2008 when they finished the season without a single loss. Since then Magosi have come close on three occasions.
┬á“When the season started, we set ourselves the target of winning the championship amongst other things and I’m happy that we’re on the right track. Our players are aware of what we want and they seem focused. There is still a long way to go but collectively we can achieve it,” he added.
At the Francistown Stadium, defending champions Rollers suffered a serious scare before overcoming TAFIC 4-3 in a thrilling spectacle which kept most supporters on their toes.┬á
At the break, Rollers were leading 2-0 only for TAFIC to bounce back strongly to equalise. It took a lot of character from the champions to stretch their lead once again. Rollers scored through Sekhana Koko, Musonda Mweuku, Tsotso Ngele and substitute Onalethata Tshekiso while the home side replied through Beaven Chikaka’s brace and Ouidiance Rundofa.
Towards the end of the game with the score reading 4-3, some Rollers’ supporters felt the pressure as they called for referee Lekgotla Johannes’ final whistle.
It was a game which Johannes handled with aplomb. Rollers now have 25 points, six points adrift of rampant Chiefs’ side.
For his part, Koko said that their target has always been to occupy the second spot and put pressure on their bitter rivals. He said that though TAFIC came at them, especially in the second half, they had confidence that they would pocket the maximum points. ┬á
“Being in the second spot is a challenge on its own and we’ll need to depend on experienced players to take us through. We’ll try our best to remain focused,” said Koko.