Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Mascom Top Eight reaches boiling point

The semi-finals of the Mascom Top Eight promise to be a real cracker, looking at the caliber of teams that have made it this far.

With the exception of Ecco City Greens, all the other three contenders are crowd pullers.

The foursome of Township Rollers, Gaborone United (GU), Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Ecco City Green have booked their tickets with the aspiration of winning the much coveted P1 million prize.

The second leg of the quarter finals proved that the semi-finals are going to be tough and interesting. And what is making teams put more effort is the fact that it only takes five matches to get to the million Pula prize, which, interestingly, is equivalent to the Premier League prize, which takes about eight months to play for.

The trio of Township Rollers, GU, and Ecco City Green has slim chances of winning the league so they are putting all their hopes and efforts into the tournament.

Centre Chiefs have opened an eleven-point lead with about seven matches to go. With one of their feet already into the Premier League championship, Mochudi Centre Chiefs will once again want to sweep any tournament at their disposal like they did in 2008.

They know that, compared to four years ago, this time around there is a lot of money at stake.

The semi-finals will, however, not be easy because, with the exception of Ecco and BMC second round match, the other three matches were really tough and nearly produced major upsets.

After winning the first leg 5-2 in Gaborone against Nico United, Centre Chiefs thought they would have a field day in the second leg. It was not to be as they were nearly knocked out.

Nico won the encounter 2-0 and had they scored the third goal they would have won via the away goals’ rule.

Despite winning the first leg 3-1, Rollers were also in trouble against BDF XI on Saturday. BDF won 2-1 and nearly forced the match into extra time. Gaborone United had to also sweat to pass through the youthful Uniao Flamengo Santos. GU won the first leg 1-0 and Santos forced a two-all draw on Sunday, have come from behind to level the score.

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