Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Magosi and Nico still on course

Log leaders Mochudi Centre Chiefs and their nearest rivals, Nico United, continued their good run in the be-MOBILE Premier League when they collected maximum points in their respective games played in Selebi-Phikwe at the weekend.

Nico United kicked off the weekend battle when they humiliated BDF XI 4-1 on Friday night but Chiefs also showed that they have what it takes when they hammered Miscellaneous 4-0 at the same venue 24 hours later.

Since the league started, Chiefs and Nico have dominated the headlines with their uncompromising approach to their games.

After week 10, Chiefs still lead the pack with 25 points while Nico are second with 23 points. What separates Chiefs from their closest rivals is their free-scoring attitude, having netted nine goals in two games. While most people dismiss Majombolo’s early form, there is a belief in the copper-nickel mining town that the side can become the second side from northern Botswana to win the league.

A brace from Khumoetsile Kufigwa and a goal each from Master Masitara and Bernard Simakwezi were enough to get the maximum points for the BCL-backed side.

According Nico United public relations officer, Lopang Pule, their confidence is growing with each game they play. He is aware that people are dismissing their early form as a fluke but he is adamant that they will be title contenders this season.

“We’re going to cause a lot of heart-breaks this season because people are not giving us a chance.

We’re a different team now and I want to believe that we’ve enough depth to compete. There is competition for places in the team hence we do not struggle when another player is out,” he said.

On Saturday, Nico visit unpredictable BMC in Lobatse and Pule is confident that they will return to their town with maximum points. This is despite the fact that two of their key defenders, Monametsi ‘Sunday’ Kelebale and Thulani Moyo, are serving suspension.

“The technical team will come with a plan which will see us getting maximum points from that game,” he said.

Chiefs’ winger, Joel Mogorosi, who has been scoring with ease this season is aware of the challenges his side is facing but thinks that if they remain focused, they can achieve their objective of lifting the title come end of May next year. Mogorosi, who has already lifted the Premiership title with Township Rollers during the 2009-2010 season, made a shocking move to Chiefs in January and he has not disappointed.

“We’re aware that it’s early in the season and any side can win it. That is why we have to get points early in the season to put ourselves in a better place. The other thing is that these days there are no easy games,” he said. So far, the speedy winger has netted 11 goals in 10 games but he is not thinking about personal glory.

“Winning the league with Chiefs is the most important thing. I’ve always said that personal awards are a bonus because the main target is helping the team to get desired results,” he added. ┬á

Chiefs take on struggling Mogoditshane Fighters on Sunday before they return to Selebi-Phikwe again for a tricky fixture with Nico United on November 5.

Weekend Results;
Gaborone United 1 (Dillion Chivandire) Extension Gunners 1 (Boitshoko Zikhale)
Mogoditshane Fighters 1 (Mpho Mabogo) BMC 0
ECCO City Greens 0 Great North Tigers 0
FC Satmos 0 Uniao Flamengo Santos 2 (Jackie Mothatego 2)
Police XI 1 (Betsho Pius) TAFIC 1 (Tlhagiso Mamono)
Notwane 0 Township Rollers 2 (Mohamed Chawila, Sekhana Koko)

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