He thought he had made a decent living, which few Batswana could achieve after signing for South African Premier League side, Platinum Stars. Despite a good season he spent there, Moemedi “Jomo’ Moatlhaping came back home under mysterious circumstances and rejoined his old Club, Township Rollers.
At Rollers, things were not smooth sailing. He had a rocky relationship with management and his form took a nose dive. He even found himself sidelined from the senior national team where he was also commanding a regular place.
His unhealthy relationship with the management did not go down well with most supporters who wanted him released. Rollers gave him free clearance and most teams were reluctant to sign him.
Eventually, Mochudi Centre Chiefs came on board to give him a new lease of life towards the end of last season. His performance has been slowly improving, and Friday’s game against Police XI made him even more special and, if it was anything to go by, he is going to terrorise many teams.
Moatlhaping single-handedly destroyed Police XI by scoring four of the five goals Centre Chiefs put past Police XI while the other goal came from the boot of Mpho ‘Jomo” Mabogo.
The consolation goal for Police XI was scored by Kenny Gaontebale. Taking into consideration last weekend’s game against Nico, in which Centre Chiefs lost by two goals without reply, many people did not expect a five star performance from the team. The win by Centre Chiefs, however, further intensifies the fight for the league championship, which carries a staggering P1 million.
Centre Chiefs, Gaborone United, and Township Rollers are so far the current front runners.
Moathaping put Centre Chiefs ahead early in the first half through a header from a free kick. Mabogo added the second one also by a header from a corner kick taken by Pontsho Moloi just before half time. Seven minutes into the second half, Moatlhaping added the third one also through a header from Pontsho Moloi’s free kick.
People XI tried to fight back but Centre Chiefs easily absorbed pressure and easily orchestrated moves that Police XI defence failed to deal with.
In the 67 minutes, Moatlhaping rounded off Police defence and scored a beautiful goal which left ‘keeper Jackson Legodi sprawled on the ground. After the fourth goal, Chiefs started to relax a bit and allowed Police XI to dictate terms in the midfield.
Veteran midfielder, Therisanyo ‘Tshutshu Haake’, was the main thorn in the Center Chiefs’ side. He ended up paving the way for Police XI’s goal, fifteen minutes from time when Gaontebale scored one of this season’s best goals.
He scored a long range shot from outside the eighteenth area and that left Centre Chiefs goalkeeper, Noah Maposa, without any chance.
The goal, on the other hand, irked Centre Chiefs who started attacking in numbers and it was not surprising when, ten minutes from time, Moathaping broke through Police XI defence and easily slotted in a fifth goal.
Police XI defence was really porous and the void left by veteran defender, Themba Ketshabile, was evident. Only the towering Tebogo Tshuma tried his level best but to little avail.