Saturday, May 30, 2020

Moatlhaping set for top goal scorer award

Mochudi Centre Chiefs striker, Moemedi ‘Jomo’ Moatlhaping, is set to finish as the leading goal-scorer for the Premier League.

He scored his 26th goal of the season on Friday when his team, Mochudi Centre Chiefs, drew with Extension Gunners at Molepolole Sports Complex. Township Rollers’ Sekhana Koko and Tendai Ndoro of Nico United are behind Moatlhaping with 19 goals apiece and it would take them more than a miracle to overtake Moatlhaping.

This is due to the fact that only two matches are left before the league ends and scoring more than seven goals is indeed a mammoth task.

Ecco City Green forward Malepa Bolelang has 18 goals, followed by Centre Chiefs’ Joel Mogorosi and BMC’s Kenanao ‘Flo’ Kgetholetsile, who have 17 and 16 goals, respectively.

The scoring charts show good news for Botswana players because they are ruling the roost.

Of the six top goal scorers, it is only Ndoro who is a foreigner while the rest are local players. In the past, foreign strikers were always on top as the locals chased their shadows.

The past three seasons were not the best for Moalthaping as he struggled with his form and even lost his place at senior national team. He has since re-claimed it back and was part of the team that made history in Chad two months ago to qualify for their maiden appearance at 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

On the other hand, since the league championship has already been decided, attention is now at the bottom where the race is intensifying with only two matches to go.

Three teams, namely Tasc, Miscellaneous, Motlakase face the chop to the First Division.

Of the three teams only one has to remain and the other two have to accompany Black Peril. What is so interesting is that all the three teams do not have many points difference and any slip up from one of them means disaster.

Tasc are on top of the four teams with 24 points just one ahead of Miscellaneous.

Miscellaneous are, on the other hand, two pints ahead of Motlakase who have 23 points.

Black Peril is at the bottom of the league with 15 points and the writing is already on the wall for them to be campaigning in the First Division next season.

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