Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Leading figures of the current season

Every time a team does well in either domestic or international competitions, there are usually one or two outstanding players who would have been instrumental in ensuring that the team wins.

Such players are the vital cog of the team. In most cases they are given a free role so that their movements are unpredictable. Such players can change the pace of the game.

For instance the engine behind untouchable Spanish La Liga side Barcelona is Argentine Lionel Messi. Before Ronaldo moved to Real Madrid he was the playmaker for Manchester United. In Botswana, two seasons back when Mochudi Centre Chiefs won almost everything on offer it was Pontsho Moloi who was the central player.

Currently Township Rollers are on fire, and the player who definitely pulls the strings is Edwin Moalosi. Rollers’ Moalosi’s movements are a nightmare for every defender. He has a small frame, and that makes it easy for defenders to foul him, such that Rollers get several of their goals from his penalties.

For many defenders, sometimes the only solution is to bring Moalosi down. Moalosi is the reason why Rollers’ top striker, Terrence Mandaza is the leading goal-scorer. But Moalosi also scores a lot of vital goals, despite the fact that he operates from the middle field.

Santos are behind Rollers, and their impressive performance is engineered by none other than the youthful Mogakolodi Ngele. It is not surprising that Ngele is on trials at South African champions, Supersport United. He definitely has what it takes. United won this year’s championships for the third time in a row, and that Ngele drew their attention means that he has something special going on for him.

Ngele has been a consistent player for three seasons now and Santos’ good run is mainly because of him. He can either play as a striker or behind the strikers. But whichever way he always excels. Defenders are definitely finding it hard to deal with his natural dribbling skills, pace and even his crosses. He is the main reason Santos are currently occupying the difficult second spot. This past week Ngele was once again on form. He scored two goals on Wednesday when Santos defeated Jwaneng Comets and was at it again over the weekend when he single handedly mauled Extension Gunners. Although he did not score, he contributed to the three goals his team scored.


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