In the build-up to the Mascom Top 8 Awards, many thought they had second-guessed the name the best candidate to take the award.
Following his acrobatics in the tournament which booked his side a place in the final and saving from Township Rollers substitute Gofaone Tiro in the post-match penalties, a lot of people thought that BDF XI goalkeeper Takudzwa Ndoro would be the right candidate for the goalkeeper of the series award.
Instead the award went to Rollers goalkeeper Mwampole Masule.
Both goalkeepers conceded seven goals in the tournament. Even some of the journalists have aired their disappointment with the turn of events.
A goalkeeping coach who preferred not to be named said winning a gold medal is not a guarantee that you are the best.
He pointed out that there are certain aspects which are looked into when determining the winner.
“I didn’t sit in the committee which chose the winners but I fail to understand what the fuss is all about. I think Mwampole deserved it more than Ndoro. The boy (Mwampole) carried Rollers on his shoulders throughout the tournament. Imagine his performance against Mochudi Centre Chiefs in the quarterfinals, it was top-notch. When we look at the overall performance and I think Mwampole was the best,” said the goalkeeper trainer.
Botswana Premier League (BPL) chief executive officer Bennett Mamelodi says he fails to understand why there is so much noise around the goalkeeper award.
“I have said that so many times that (Phil) Makwengwe is the convener of the Technical Study Group which analyses the performance of the different players. If you are going to question whether Makwengwe is competent then that is another debate. But he is a technical person and we respect the decisions they take,” said Mamelodi.
The BPL chief further slammed the media for blowing the whole thing out of proportion.
He advised journalists to focus on their profession and not things that they are not knowledgeable about.
“Let’s leave the technical matters to the technical people who are qualified to do that. The media is overstepping their boundaries because they are not coaches,” added Mamelodi.
Mascom’s head of communications Tebogo Lebotse has distanced her company from any wrongdoing.
Contributing in one of the debates on the social network, Lebotse said that BPL takes the responsibility of choosing the winners. She said that they only come on board as sponsors.