When the 2015/16 beMOBILE Premiership kicked off last month, the bookmakers tipped newly-promoted Jwaneng Galaxy to excel this season. This was attributed to the fact that the club has a sizeable number of experienced players in their squad who have the support of well-travelled head coach Boyo Radipotsane. But after five matches, Galaxy FC have struggled to convince the football fraternity that they got their act together save for their 5-2 mauling of fellow rookies Green Lovers on August 14. In five games, the diamond-mining side has collected four points out of a possible 15.
Galaxy FC once again failed to come to the party when they were hammered 3-0 by Nico United in Selebi-Phikwe in a midweek fixture. This was their second consecutive defeat which has raised some alarm bells. Following the loss, there have been speculations that Radipotsane might be shown the exit door just a month into the season. “There are concerns that Radipotsane spent most of the time in the national team camp (where he is assistant to Peter Butler), therefore he does not have time to know the needs of his squad. He joined Galaxy FC late ahead of the game against Nico so basically he didn’t have any input in preparing the squad since the match was played three days after Zebras’ game against Burkina Faso,” said a source.
On Friday morning, Galaxy FC chairman Njabulo Gilika laughed off the speculations saying, “There is nothing like that. As we speak, we’re in a meeting with the coach to rectify the problems we’ve identified in the past matches. I must say that we’re happy with the coach and we’re going to give him the full support he deserves. I cannot say we’re playing badly, what we’ve noticed is that we tend to lose concentration towards the end (of matches) and that’s when we get punished. It is something which I believe the technical team has been working hard to rectify.”
Gilika added that they gave their coach the mandate to keep the rookies in topflight come the end of the season and there is no need to press the panic buttons now. “Safety is our main priority but when the opportunity avails itself to get into the top eight bracket, we’ll appreciate it so much. All these can be achieved if we give the coach and his technical staff all the support they deserve,” said Gilika.
When approached for comment, Radipotsane was upbeat that things will soon fall in place. “It’s not that we’ve been playing badly so far. Our main problem is that we’ve been losing concentration towards the end then we get punished. Against Nico we conceded three goals in eight minutes but we’re working on improving that problem. We’ve also sat down with the players to see if there is something which is worrying them but there’s nothing,” he said.
Radipotsane remains confident that football fans in the diamond-mining town will see a different outfit when they host their brothers-in-mines Orapa United at Galaxy Stadium this afternoon. The visitors registered a morale boosting 3-1 win against Extension Gunners in a midweek fixture.
Jwaneng Galaxy FC results so far;
Police XI 2-1 Galaxy FC
Galaxy FC 5-2 Green Lovers
Township Rollers 1-1 Galaxy FC
Galaxy FC 0-3 BDF XI
Nico United 3-0 Galaxy FC