It’s all euphoria today as talk of the town Mascom Top 8 champions – Township Rollers – trade their soccer boots for the glitz and glamour at this year’s Mascom Top 8 awards. The on form ‘Popa’ are expected to scoop the highest number of awards after dominating in the lucrative tournament. The Rollers technical team and players dominate in all categories of the awards released by the Botswana Premier League (BPL) except for the top goal scorer.
Rollers outclassed mining town rivals Orapa United in the final of the Mascom Top 8 played at the Francistown Sports complex in a six goals thriller that witnessed Rollers emerging winners. Nominated for the awards in Rollers camp are the likes of gaffer Nikola Kavazovich, skipper Maano Ditshupo and shot stopper Keagile Kgosipula. After leading Rollers to Mascom Top championship, Kavazovich has been nominated in the coach of the season award against Former Orapa United caretaker coach Daniel Nare and Jwaneng Galaxy assistant coach Ezekiel Morake.
Instrumental in the heart of Rollers midfield, Ditshupo will on the night battle it out with former teammate and Orapa United winger Kobamelo Kebaikanye for the player of the tournament award. The duo will be flanked by pintsized Gilbert Baruti plying his trade for Jwaneng Galaxy. Ditshupo stands a better chance of gunning down the award after featuring in all minutes played by his club while Baruti missed the final after his side lost in the semi final to Rollers. While Kebaikanye played in the final, the speedy winger failed to rise to the occasion as he was closely guarded by experienced Tshepo Motlhabankwe on the day.
It seems an easy catch for Kgosipula who has been nominated against Orapa United’s Mosimanegape Robert and Jwaneng Galaxy’s Ezekiel Morake. Errors made by Robert and Morake handed Rollers the ticket to the final which saw them winning the title. Morake could not contain Rollers in the second leg of the semi final played at the National stadium leading to a mistake that handed Rollers a crucial goal. What was supposed to be an easy catch for Robert in the final landed in the back of the net when the shot stopper moved his eyes from the ball.
The top goal scorer award will be awarded to Gaborone United pint sized striker Obonye Maome after firing five goals past five goalkeepers.