Thursday, December 8, 2022

Chiefs’ in life and death battles

Log leaders, Mochudi Centre Chiefs, have a tough week ahead that could leave their title aspirations in tatters.

After staying at the top of the Premier League for sometime enjoying a healthy lead, Chiefs’ lead has been cut to six points in recent weeks and they cannot afford any further slip-ups.

Tonight (Wednesday, 7.30pm kick off), Chiefs take on Extension Gunners at UB Stadium before taking on fourth-placed Gaborone United in Molepolole on Saturday afternoon (3.30pm kick off).

Chiefs are at the summit with 48 points, six points clear of Township Rollers and BMC, who are tied on 42 points. Chiefs, who have a game in hand, might stretch their lead to nine points provided they come tops against rejuvenated Gunners.  

Many commentators believe that if Chiefs win these games, the league title will assuredly be theirs. After Gunners’ impressive performance in their 1-0 win over ECCO City Greens in Lobatse on Saturday, many pundits believe that Mapantsula have what it takes to bring the Kgatleng giants down to earth.

Log leaders Chiefs have failed to impress since the beginning of the second round and many people argue that it is a matter of time before they give up on their title aspirations. At the weekend, Chiefs laboured to a 5-3 win over struggling FC Satmos and when they trot into the university stadium against rejuvenated Gunners, Magosi will have to be at their best. Already there are some people who think that all is not well inside Chiefs’ camp, considering that they were forced to sweat by struggling Satmos.

But if there is something which put Chiefs above the rest, it is their ability to score goals even when things are going tough. Chiefs’ head coach Madinda Ndlovu is not pressing any panic buttons. He said that they are going to plan thoroughly for the two games with the hope of getting maximum points. He dismissed talk that his team is feeling the pressure considering that they conceded three goals against a struggling side.

“This (Satmos) is a team which gave BMC a hard time before losing 2-1 so I fail to understand why people are surprised (about their result). We never underrate any side and there is nothing like an easy outing for us,” said Ndlovu.

He pointed out that their focus is on their midweek clash against Gunners before planning for the Reds at the weekend. He feels the pressure is on Gunners to get revenge after losing the first round tie 3-0 in Molepolole. “The only thing which is disrupting our plans is that we’ve got four players who have been called for national team camp. But I believe that we have a strong team to see us in the upcoming games,” he added.

Chiefs will once again heavily rely on their marksman Kekaetswe ‘Mara’ Moloi to lead the onslaught in the games against Gunners and GU. In the absence of leading scorer Joel Mogorosi who is carrying an injury, Moloi has been a revelation alongside Pontsho ‘Piro’ Moloi. Kekaetswe netted a brace at the weekend to take his tally to 17 this season and he has been rewarded with a call-up to the Zebras’ camp.


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