Monday, September 21, 2020

Fireworks expected as Makwengwe’s past and present clubs collide

“Maybe there isn’t such a thing as fate. Maybe it’s just the opportunities we’re given, and what we do with them. I’m beginning to think that maybe great, epic romances don’t just happen. We have to make them ourselves.”  ÔÇò Marissa Meyer

For Prisons XI and its immediate past Coach Philemon Makwengwe, this weekend will give them a peep into their ‘epic romance’ that never really blossomed.

As fate has it, just a week after ditching Prisons XI for Gaborone United (GU), Makwengwe’s first game in charge will see him and his charges face his former employers.

Given both Prisons XI and GU’s pronounced struggles in the league so far this season, the battle between Makwengwe’s past and present employers has all the ingredients for a great showdown.

With both Makwengwe’s previous employers and current ones in desperate need for points and in the relegation zone, it is expected that neither will take prisoners when they do battle tomorrow afternoon at the Molepolole Sports Complex.

Prisons XI is currently placed 14th in the 16 team BTC Premiership league log while GU is 15th.

GU’s Chairman Boitumelo Nsunge has confirmed that they have done several preparations for the games and is optimistic they will do well.

He said “If supporters rally behind the team and come in large numbers, they sure will bear witness to the new Moyagoleele as affectionately known.”

“We do not undermine Prisons, the team has put more effort in preparing for the games, we have been indulging in friendly games of lately, from the under 23 team to South African based teams,” he added.

All eyes will mainly be on Prisons XI who would need to prove that they can outdo their performance in the absence of Makwengwe.

This means Prisons will be descending into the proverbial lion’s den this weekend as they are number 14 on the log standings.

Under Makwengwe, Prisons have played eight games, winning only one, drawing two and losing five games, and have a goal difference of -9.

Asked on the team’s mood as they face their immediate past coach in their first game since his departure, Prisons Public Relations Officer (PRO) Oagile Kojane said the players are ready for their rivals and have high spirits of walloping the team.

“Our team has not really changed as such this is going to be an interesting game and we have no intentions of losing it,” he added.

Kickoff is at 1600hrs

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