Monday, June 1, 2020

Double Action, Township Rollers headed to play-offs

The Botswana Women Super League championship will be decided by a playoff between title rivals Double Action and Township Rollers.

The continued absconding by teams faced with prospects of playing Rollers, has resulted in ‘Popa’ ladies anticipating garnering some soft points as they march towards reclaiming their spot at the summit of the Women’s Super League log standings. 

In the latest episode, Mogoditshane based Makufa Sporting Club left the field before the end of their match against Rollers this past Saturday. Trailing 0 ÔÇô 6 to Rollers when going to recess, Makhufa SC refused to return to the field of play and the match was abandoned. The team thus became the third team to abscond from a game against Rollers ladies, following in the footsteps of Untouchables and Legends FC, both of whom never turned up for their fixtures against Rollers.

With Rollers now trailing Double Action by four points and looking more likely to gain six soft points to haul off Double Action from the summit of the log standings, both teams will have to play each other to decide the league championships. Speaking in an interview, Rollers Coach Gaolethoo ‘Ronaldo’ Nkutlwisang expressed disappointment that her team will likely be forced to go to playoffs while they could have won the league straight away.

“It is amazing that these teams can play any other team but only fail to turn up when they play Rollers. I have no doubt that had we played them, we would have won the championship outright,” Gaolethoo explained. With the decision whether to give Rollers soft points looming, Gaolethoo says if she had her way, she would call for the matches between Rollers and Untouchables, as well as Rollers and Legends to be rescheduled. Concerning the abandoned Makhufa SC game, the Rollers’ Ladies gaffer said her team should be awarded 3 points and six goals they had scored as the game had been played. Meanwhile, a solitary goal by Masego Koboto was enough to ensure Rollers enhanced their chances of winning the Women Super League. 

In a tough match played a day after the abandoned Makhufa SC, Prisons made Rollers wait until ten minutes from time to win the match. While Rollers had dominated the match, they found Prisons XI Ladies defence in an unrelenting mood and it took some show of strength from Koboto for Rollers to get their goal. Rollers on the other hand had to thank their keeper Sedilame Bosija who pulled off at least two good saves to keep Rollers in the game. The result means Rollers are now just four points away from the summit and will overhaul Double Action from the league summit if they get their soft points. Both teams will play their last and crucial games of the season this coming weekend.

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