Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Foreign coaches lead the way

The curtain is already falling on the 2014/2015 beMobile Premier League and undoubtedly Mochudi Centre Chiefs are the champions. It will take a miracle for the teams which are trailing behind to topple Chiefs from the top of the log. Chiefs are currently followed by Orapa United, Township Rollers and Gaborone United (GU) to complete the Top four spot. What can be taken note of is that almost all four teams are led by foreign coaches while the local ones are nowhere to be seen. It was only last week that Rollers dismissed their Zimbabwean coach, Madinda Ndlovu, after realising that they would not win the league. They then appointed a local as caretaker coach, Teenage Mpote.

It appears that by the beginning of next season a foreigner might also be at the helm of the team if sources within the team are anything to go by. Centre Chiefs are under the tutelage of Michael Sithole whilst Rollers has just fired Madinda Ndlovu. Both Orapa United and GU are coached by Maxwell Moyo and Rahman Gumbo respectively. The local coach that comes close is Letang ‘Rasta’ Kgengwenyane who is the coach of BDF XI. However the already relegated duo of Letlapeng and Ecco City Green are coached by local coaches. Even FC Satmos that is on the brink of falling down to the First Division are also coached by a local coach. There were concerns in the past that local teams are not giving local coaches all the necessary support and respect and hence most of them move to struggling teams.

On the other hand local strikers are trying hard as far as scoring is concerned in the Premier League. Before weekend matches the top four leading goal scorers were almost all locals something that is in most cases unusual. The scoring charts are dominated by foreign strikers most of the time. Both Orapa United and Centre Chiefs players, Hendrick Moyo and Lemponye Tshirelatso are joint top goal scorers with 14 goals apiece. Another Orapa United player, Patrick Lenyeletse is on third position with 12 goals followed by Centre Chiefs striker Kekaetswe ‘Mara’ Moloi, Township Rollers Manqoba Ngwenya and Sankoyo Bush Bucks’ Morris Ruzivo all sitting on 11 goals. This then means there is a possibility that the leading goal scorer would be won by a local player. Some of the foreign strikers to have been leading goal scorers include the likes of Patrick Kaunda, Terrence Mandaza and Master Masitara.

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