Last season, Township Rollers’ talismanic forward Joel Mogorosi had a season to forget, at least in the BTC Premiership.
After a whirlwind start to the league that saw him net 4 goals in 5 games of the 2017/18 BTC Premiership season, an inform Mogorosi found himself on the sidelines for five weeks after an innocuous challenge in the game against Sharps Shooting Stars left him injured.
In anger and frustration, the talismanic forward allegedly uttered some unpalatable words to the match officials for not acting to protect him, earning himself a three match suspension which he had to serve after coming back from his injury.
As if that was not enough, upon his return to the fields, Mogorosi was slapped with a ten games suspension for violent conduct in the game against Tafic in January. As a result, the speedy forward missed the majority of the second round games, returning to the field with only four games to play.
Fast forward to the start of this season, Mogorosi has once again had a barnstorming start to the BTC Premiership season.
Against Sankoyo Bush Bucks this past Saturday night, the evergreen forward netted to help his team saunter to a 4 ÔÇô 1 win over the hapless Maun outfit.
The three goals saw the Rollers talisman go top of the BTC Premiership goal scoring charts and be an early front runner for the prestigious Green Boot award.
As it stands, Mogorosi has now netted 5 goals in four (4) matches, a strike rate of 125 percent which translates into 1.25 goals per game.
“If he continues on this rich vein of form and nothing cuts him short, I see Mogorosi easily scoring more than twenty goals this season,” football writer Kagiso Kgaogano opined. “At this moment and time, he is a contender for the Green Boot award,” he added.
According to Kgaogano, as a player, Mogorosi is a tireless worker who would give his all in the field of play and this attitude could see him easily eclipse his competitors for the top goals scorer award.
“Against Sankoyo, I overheard him tell some Sankoyo players that if they put in as much energy as they did against Rollers against all teams they face, they can do well. He always gives his all in the field knowing that if he gets five chances and miss three, he will net the other two. For me, that summed up his character as a player, a winner who gives his all every time,” said Kgaogano.
Kgaogano said given the forward’s travails in the past season, had it been any other player, he would have been broken and given up.
“He has however come back a lot stronger and determined. I believe this is the season he will lay the ghosts of this past season to rest,” he said.
The same sentiments were shared by Rollers’ Public Relations Officer (PRO) Phempheretlhe Pheto, who said Mogorosi looks set to banish last season’s memories.
“Looking at his determination and that he feels hard done by last season’s events, I believe he is on his way to winning the Green Boot this season. Bar some injuries or any other unforeseen circumstances, he is a front runner for the award,” Pheto opined.
Contrary to some unwarranted claims by some football followers that Mogorosi is finished, Pheto said the footballer still has a lot to offer.
“Only our coach can make the determination that he is finished. However, at this time, the coach believes in Mogorosi’s abilities and the player is surely paying the coach for that,” said the Rollers PRO.
For his part, Yarona FM Sports anchor Kagiso Phatsimo said while Mogorosi is an early contender, it is not cast in stone that he will walk away with the Green Boot and may struggle.
“Rollers will have a lot of games to play and this may lead to fatigue. It may also happen that as the second round of the league starts, teams will start being very defensive against top teams and thus lead to some goal drought for attackers like Mogorosi,” he opined.
He however concurred that on current form, it is very possible that Mogorosi may surpass twenty goals this season and the player will be crucial as Rollers challenge on all fronts.