After almost three decades in the doldrums, Mochudi Rovers returned to the First Division South some months back. Popularly known as “Kgabo E Nnye Sebatana” by their followers in the Kgatleng capital, Rovers is seen as an alternative team for those soccer lovers who cannot follow the popular Mochudi Centre Chiefs every weekend.
“An average Mokgatla cannot worry about budgeting because almost every fortnight we bring quality football to their door steps. We would like to appeal to football lovers to attend our home games in large numbers and we assure them that we’ll entertain them. We’ve assembled a youthful squad which we believe will stand their own against the big guns in the First Division,” said Rovers manager Oaitse Lekoko.
He pointed out that as a developing club, they need full support from all corners of Mochudi including from Chiefs fans. “We believe we can co-exist with Chiefs. If Chiefs are not playing, their supporters must come and give our boys motivation because we’re neighbours and brothers. Our home grown talent can go on and shine for Chiefs in the future. As our parent club, they can also loan us some of their fringe players,” he continued.
On their return to the First Division, Rovers were beaten 1-0 by Black Forest on September 5 but they made amends when they beat Prisons XI by the same margin last weekend. “We’re aware that every game we play, we’ll be the underdogs. But we’re here to compete and we’ll definitely do that. We’ve confidence in the team we’ve assembled. We’re not going to put our youngsters under pressure by expecting miracles from them. All we want is to consolidate our status come end of the season,” Lekoko continued.
He said though they do not have a sponsor, they will be working tirelessly to ensure that they meet the demands of their players and technical team. He said since their days in Kgatleng Division One, they have tried to do things in a professional manner. “Right now we’re selling merchandise at P200 in order to raise funds for the club. We’re appealing to football fans to buy them at our games,” he said.
Rovers have kept faith in coach Thatayaone Tebele who helped them gain promotion to the First Division. Tebele has no doubt that his boys can put up an exciting show. He pointed out that in their first match against Black Forest, they were let down by concentration lapse. “We managed to rectify that in our next match. But we need to work more on our finishing because goals win matches,” said Tebele who is assisted by former Mogoditshane Fighters midfield workhorse Patrick Molefe.
This afternoon, Rovers welcome Letlapeng in Mochudi with kick off set for 3.30pm. “We’re a closed book to Letlapeng and we need to go out there and enjoy ourselves,” said Tebele. Lekoko has appealed to football fans to come see the rise of Rovers.