Monday, January 17, 2022

Gadibolae, Harrison net monthly awards

Botswana Youth international, Tapiwa Gadibolae has been selected as the September Player of the Month by the Botswana Premier League (BPL)’s Technical Study Group (TSG). The announcement of the 22 year old as the best player for this month comes on the back of a very strong showing in the colors of Police XI.

The midfielder, who is on a yearlong loan from Township Rollers, has been one of the standout performers for Police XI since the league started in early August. Usually deployed in the defensive midfield role or as an outright defender, the youngster has done his work diligently; not only protecting his defence but also scoring three crucial match winning goals along the way. 

His first goal of the season came in Police XI’s first game of the season against Galaxy FC when the youngster struck in the 80th minute to ensure Police XI won 2 ÔÇô 1 and collected all three points. His next goal was also very decisive as he scored his team’s only goal in the 1 ÔÇô 0 win over FC Satmos early this month. 

He repeated the feat again this past Saturday, as his solitary goal once again ensured maximum points for his team against Extension Gunners.  Even during his team’s only loss which came at the hands of Gaborone United, the youngster acquitted himself very well and was highly praised by pundits and scribes alike. The youngster is the second player to be voted this season’s Player of the Month by the BPL TSG, following Green Lovers’ marksman Moatlhodi Ralesota who was voted August Player of the Month.

Meanwhile, Township Rollers head coach Mark Harrison has been crowned the Coach of the Month.

Having missed out to the now suspended Extension Gunners coach Keitumetse Pio Paul in last month’s vote, the well travelled Rollers gaffer was not to be denied this time around. Harrison has overseen over Rollers’ great start to the season and his team remains the only team yet to taste defeat. Under Harrison’s guidance, Rollers have been in a ruthless streak of form this month, winning all of their four September beMOBILE Premiership fixtures. Rollers’ last outing was a 9 ÔÇô 1 humiliation of FC Satmos this past weekend, a result which sent the Selibe Phikwe side straight into the relegation red zone. So far this month, ‘Popa’ has only conceded a single goal, which came this past weekend, while managing to score an astounding 15 goals in the process.

The current log leaders were prolific in front of goal hitting the back of the net 15 times and conceding only once during the month.


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