Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Matebele shift their focus to Mascom Top 8

After their impressive  run in the Premier League, which has seen them on a streak of four games unbeaten, BDF XI intend to take their fine form to cup competition this weekend. 

Free-scoring Matebele take on Mochudi Centre Chiefs in the first leg of the Mascom Top 8 semi-final at UB Stadium this afternoon (kick off at 3pm). BDF XI, as the home side, knows the importance of beating the big-spending Mochudi side before the return leg in a fortnight.

It is a game which has all the attributes of being a cracker and for the first time this season, everyone in the army side’s camp is oozing confidence.

In the build-up to this game, BDF XI have 10 goals in their last four games something which should send a warning to their opponents who have leaked in six goals in their last four league games.

“Like I have said at the beginning of the season, we want to win the Top 8 and bring it to the army barracks. We stand a chance like any side (in the semis) and if we maintain our focus, I believe that we can achieve our goal. There are things (weaknesses) we’ve picked in our previous games and we’ll definitely work on them before playing Chiefs,” said BDF XI head coach, Letang Kgengwenyane.

He pointed out that they have played tough games against Gaborone United and Extension Gunners in the build-up to this fixture and he has no doubt that his charges are ready for war.

“Chiefs might have a talented squad but I want to believe that the experience in my team will carry us through,” he said.
Matebele will be counting on the experience campaigners Mompati Thuma, Ndiyapo Letsholathebe, Boitumelo Mafoko and Mokgathi Mokgathi to frustrate Chiefs’ side fresh from a 1-0 defeat against TAFIC on Thursday night.

“The danger about Chiefs is that they are more like a wounded buffalo coming from their (CAF Champions League) game against TP Mazembe (which Chiefs lost 6-0 away in DRC). We’ll have to prepare our boys psychologically for this fixture,” warned Kgengwenyane.

On their route to the semis, BDF XI scraped through a 3-2 win over stubborn BMC in a two-legged quarterfinal. Enterprising midfielder Lemponye Tshireletso was the star of the second leg when his brace ensured that they book a place in the semis.

On paper, BDF XI stand a better chance to outwit unstable Chiefs’ side this afternoon. Tickets for the game are selling at P30.

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