Since the league started this season, Police XI have been shadows of their former selves.
The team has been struggling in most of their games, leaving most people wondering what could be wrong with the team that just won the league championships two seasons ago.
From the back to the striking force, the team does not have strong correlation as was previously the case.
The striking partnership that used to include Zambian international, Richard Mwanza, and former Zebras player, Duncan Kgopolelo, is not there anymore.
The effective right wing that used to be dominated by Dintle ‘Valdo’ Mogomotsi, assisted by Themba Ketshabile from the back, is also no more.
In the middle of the park, former captain, Therisanyo ‘Tshutshu’ Haake, used to be the dominant force and currently rarely plays.
The past three games were the ones in which Police XI looked a bit composed.
Former coach, Sthandwa Mogwadi, who is now in South Africa, was however on the bench calling the shots together with incumbent, Barry Daka.
On the other hand, there seems to be more than meets the eye in the Police XI camp. Information reaching Sunday Standard is that since Mogwadi left for studies in South Africa, Daka was misled by certain officials who wanted to get rid of experienced players.
The core of the 2006/2007 league champions, Mogomotsi, Ketshabile, Ditaola Ditaola, Kgopolelo, is reported to have been forced out of the team and Haake’s days are also reported to be numbered.
This, however, is reported to be backfiring because the current crop is inexperienced.
“Ask yourself why since Mogwadi left experienced players have been sidelined despite winning the league. Lethaku le lesha le agelwa mo go le legologolo (You have to blend experienced players with inexperienced ones). Haake only played when Mogawdi was here for a few weeks and results trickled in a bit. We are talking about players who can still play for a few more years. Mogwadi had faith in those players and they delivered. There is a certain official who is destroying this team. By the time Mogwadi finishes his studies in South Africa, this team might be in the lower division and this is worrying,” said a source who preferred anonymity.
The source also added that the players are first frustrated by being told to join Police junior side, Wonder Sporting, and they end up quitting or concentrating on other aspects of football.
At the time of going to press, efforts to get comment from Police XI officials proved to be futile.
Police XI problems were compounded by the fact that one of their reliable defenders, Tebogo Tshuma, was given marching orders in their league game against Gunners in a game they played to a one all draw last week. The towering defender is renowned for his ability to effectively deal with aerial balls and even marshalling the defence with perfection.