Saturday, December 3, 2022

GU’s title aspirations fade

Gaborone United (GU) supporters once again left SSKB Stadium in Mogoditshane on Sunday evening with their heads down after watching their expensively-assembled side crushing 1-0 to BDF XI in a be MOBILE Premier League game.

It was Zambian-born striker Saukani Zulu’s strike in the first half who sent the Reds tumbling. But goalkeeper Noah Maposa deserves the blame for the goal as he could have done better to cut the looping ball into box. It was GU’s second successive defeat after losing 2-1 to rivals Township Rollers the previous weekend.┬á

The loss technically brought to an end GU’s hopes of clinching the league title come the end of the season. The Reds remain fourth on the league table with 35 points from 19 games, ten points behind log leaders Mochudi Centre Chiefs, who have a game in hand.

At the end of the game on Sunday, some supporters did not hide their disappointment, saying that there is need to do serious introspection. Some even called for the firing of the technical team.Some supporters blamed some members of the committee who are said to be interfering in the technical matters.

“I doubt if that man (Elvis Chiweshe) deserves to lead this team. I think its best we find someone to drill the team before it gets late. Even the commitment of some of the players is questionable yet they are paid a lot of money,” said one concerned supporter clad in red and white.

When the season kicked off, GU brought in a number of players who they believed would bring immediate results but things seem not to have gone their way. GU secretary Herbert Letsebe said that they, as the management, are equally worried that the results are not forthcoming. He said that the reason they brought in quality players at the start of the campaign is that they wanted to compete for the league and other honours.

“In January, we bought strikers because that’s where we’ve been lacking but things have not gone according to our expectations. We need to sit down and establish what the problem could be,” said Letsebe.

He called on the supporters to remain calm and rally behind the team during the trying times.
“The results might not be coming because maybe the coach is trying new combinations. A winning team is not built overnight and I urge them (supporters) to remain patient. It’s not going to help our cause if they’re going to concentrate on the negative stuff like some of the stories I’ve heard,” added Letsebe.

On Friday night, GU faces a mammoth task when they host high-flying BMC at Molepolole Sports Stadium. According to reliable sources, if the Reds fail to beat BMC, head coach Elvis Chiweshe and assistant Rapelang Tsatsilebe might be relieved of their duties. Judging by the recent performances of BMC, Chiweshe and Tsatsilebe’s might be numbered.

Kick off is at 7pm.


Read this week's paper