Gaborone United (GU) marksman Moemedi ‘Jomo’ Moatlhaping says he will be happy if he ends the 2013/14 Premier League season as the leading goalscorer. Moatlhaping has already netted two goals in the opening two games for his club against Miscellaneous and Wonder Sporting. ┬áMoatlhaping wore the captain’s armband when they played against Wonder Sporting in the midweek in the absence of goalkeeper Noah Maposa who was attending a family bereavement. This weekend the Moshupa-born striker is off after their clash with BMC was aborted. “It is very important for a striker to set himself targets and that is what I always do.┬á My target is to score 10 goals by the end of first round and then another 10 in the second round. When I came back from South Africa (last year October) I set myself a target that this season I should win back the golden boot I won in 2011,” says Moatlhaping. When he won the top scorer award two years ago, Moatlhaping hit the back of the net 30 times. The Moshupa-born striker believes that at GU he is surrounded by players who can help him score goals. “We’ve got quality players here and I have no doubt that they will supply me. Though I want to be the top scorer that does not mean that I will be selfish. The most important thing is the team. If my teammate is in a better scoring place then I will pass to him,” he added. Moatlhaping hinted that he still wants to return to South Africa to further his football career. He had an unsuccessful stay at the then Bay United (now Polokwane City) during the 2011/12 Premier League season. He was recruited to the club by his current GU coach David Bright but things got messed up when the former army man left. “It is every player’s dream to play in the South African league. If I continue working hard and scoring goals, I have no doubt that I will attract interest from the PSL (Premier Soccer League). I feel that I have unfinished business in South Africa,” he continued. After finishing fourth in the Premier League last season, Moatlhaping says their main target is to win the championship. The Reds last won the league title on the final day during the 2007/08 season when they beat Mochudi Centre Chiefs 1-0 at the packed Molepolole Stadium. Interestingly at the time Moatlhaping was on the Chiefs’ side and he missed a penalty in that match. “It’s been a long time without winning the league title and this is a chance for the current crop to win it for our supporters. Last season it was always going to be difficult to win the league because we had a new squad. The players were still trying to understand each other but I have no doubt that this season we’re up to the challenge,” he says. In order to win the league title, Moatlhaping noted that they need to be ruthless infront of goals. The Reds missed numerous scoring chances against Wonder Sporting at the SSKB Stadium on Wednesday afternoon with Moatlhaping, Makundika Sakala and Mandla Mgadla being the main culprits. This Wednesday, GU take another trip to Palapye Swallows Ground where they are to face Motlakase. ?
Moatlhaping has called on the Reds’ supporters to rally behind the team in good and bad times. He pointed out that it is always encouraging for the players when they have lots of fans on the stands cheering them. “We need them (supporters) to be there for us. Obviously we’ll have our off days but that does not mean they should be harsh on us. That is the time when they have to lift us up,” he concluded.