Wednesday, August 17, 2022

League contenders face marathon race

Premier league history seems set to repeat itself: Indications are that the championship race will be decided by the last game of the season. At the rate the current season there is going to be blood on the turf right up to the very last whistle of the season.
Township Rollers are currently perched at the top of the table with 27 points and five points clear from the second placed Extension Gunners.

On third place is Mochudi Centre Chiefs with 18 points.

Fourth placed Ecco City is also a threat. Should they win the match that they have in hand, they may find themselves breathing behind the neck of Centre Chiefs and Gunners.

The odds are however stacked in the favor of Centre Chiefs who have two matches in hand. Winning both matches would catapult them to the second position only three points behind Rollers.

It became increasingly clear over the weekend that the three championship contenders are determined to give it their. With the exception of Centre Chiefs that registered a draw against winless Notwane, Rollers and Gunners won hard fought victories.

Gunners beat the defending champions, Gaborone United (GU), by two goals to one while Rollers defeated their hoodoos, BDF XI, by the same margin.

Rollers have so far lost only one game against Uniao Flamengo Santos, while Gunners have lost two and Centre Chiefs are yet to lose. Rollers have shown total commitment of winning the league championships by registering victories where the least was expected, especially in the last two matches against Police XI and BDF XI.

In most of their matches, Rollers tend to score in the first quarter of the matches but in the last two matches, they did so in the second half.

Although Mandaza is the prolific scorer, the team seems to have variation because even the defenders go to the extent of finding the back of the net. For some time, Gunners have been using the partnership of Bernard Simakwenzi and Monametsi ‘Sunday’ Kelebale, who have been delivering. Another lethal striker, Aime Nzobonahayo, was injured and it looks as if he has come with a bang.

He scored the winning goal against GU after a long absence. If teams do not keep a hawk’s eye on him Gunners might exceed expectations. Credit must go to the team coach, Daniel ‘Chicco’ Nare, who has been with the team for three years now and his building process appears to be to bearing fruit.


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