Saturday, July 2, 2022

Fierce battle for Green Boot already under way

Be-mobile Premier League has already started with a bang across the country as more goals continue to be scored.
It has shown that strikers are hungry for more goals, something that indeed looks to make the league more interesting.

Several renowned strikers, together with the newly recruited ones, continue with their scoring instincts but it remains to be seen whether they can carry on up to the very last match of the season next year. Although a variety of factors like injuries could hamper strikers scoring ability, others will actually prevail to the very end.
It has been proven that those who start well are the ones that eventually emerge as leading goals scorers.
For instance, strikers like Malepa Bolelang and Master Masitara started from the word go when they won the converted prize.

Masitara has since joined the Mozambican side, La-Liga.
Strikers on whom all eyes will be glued are, Terrence Mandaza, Aubrey Kebonnetse (Township Rollers), Bernard Simakwenzi (Extension Gunners), Tendai Ndoro (Nico United), Mpho Mabogo (Mochudi Centre Chiefs) and Bolelang (Ecco City Green).

Mandaza has shown that he can be extremely dangerous if he has adequate supply and supporting partner. He started well last season by regularly scoring in the first few matches, but he immediately wilted and the whole team was like a shadow of its former self.

The team had high hopes when he was recruited from Francistown side, TASC.
It looks like there will not be any more excuses this season because the team has some good midfielders in the likes of Tebogo Mothusi and Itayi Gwandu.

Mothusi is more of a ball sprayer while Gwandu is a destroyer. He looks to have comfortably fitted into Boitumelo Mafoko’s shoes. Mafoko has since headed to South African to join Premier League side, Cape-Town Santos.

Simakwenzi, on the other hand, is a proven goal poacher but he looks to have not really settled since arriving from Zambia.

Before he had even settled at BDF XI three seasons ago, he left to join Township Rollers.
Injuries and bad blood between him and the coach forced him to re-locate to Lobatse where he has joined Extension Gunners. In his first matches, he proved he is thirsty and scored a hat trick. Some pundits are even saying he is back to his best and is already a front runner for the green boot.

At the age of 19, Kebonnetse might make history by becoming the youngest leading goal scorer of the season. Tracing his career straight from the Under 20, one can see that the young man is destined for bigger things. He was Botswana’s leading goalscorer at the Under 20 before the team was eliminated by South Africa in the last match for the African youth championships.

He was immediately recruited by Rollers. Limited game time and injuries meant that he watched from the sidelines. He only played in the last three matches of the league but he did not disappoint.

This season Kebonnetse has so far found the back of the net in the two matches he has featured for the team.
There seems to be a new kid on the block at Nico United in Selibe-Phikwe. His name is Ndoro.

In the first two matches he has already sent warning signs to the defenders.
Ndoro is seen as a swift replacement for Masitara. It, however, remains to be seen how the Zimbabwean will deal with the pressure of the Premier League and the no nonsense tackling from some defenders.

Mabogo and Bolelang cannot be ruled out because once on their best they cause havoc. The two once had a fierce battle three seasons ago at their respective teams but it was Bolelang who emerged tops.


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