There are those players that always make a huge difference every time they trot onto the field of play from the bench. They would totally change the complexion of the game and contribute handsomely to the end results.
In Botswana it is not easy to find such a bunch of players, but of late there are some who seem headed in that direction.
These are known as ‘super subs’ because, in an instant, they can put their losing teams back on a winning trail.
There are, however, two players who of late seem to live up to such name because of the manner in which they change the game as soon as they are called on as substitutes.
They are Thando Moreki of Township Rollers and Vincent Phiri of Gaborone United.
There are several matches in which the above mentioned players made a huge difference.
Moreki makes his presence felt by scoring goals in several of the matches he came on while Phiri, with his free kicks, is a dead ball specialist.
Memorable matches for Moreki include one against Police XI, in the first half of league matches.
He came from the bench and scored the second goal to seal the victory. Police were stubborn in the encounter and Moreki’s goal completely killed their morale to equalise.
The other match was against Fighters in the Coca-Cola Cup game when he scored the fifth goal; and the latest is against Uniao Flamengo Santos in a league encounter.
Santos normally gives Rollers a tough time and Moreki came on at a time when both teams were tied at two goals. He scored a free header to make sure Rollers went home with maximum points.
Phiri is one player Orlando Pirates supporters would love to hate. He came through the Pirates development programmes.
As fate would have it, Pirates faced his team in the lucrative African Champions League.
Pirates scored two quick goals and held on until five minutes before full time when they thought they had wrapped it up. Phiri came in and his two corner kicks were enough to level matters and eventually make them progress. Pirates defence saw it difficult to deal with his corner kicks and were forced to make the mistake of an own goal while the other one was scored by Steven Maposa.
Currently, GU is in the African Confederations Cup despite losing by an aggregate score of 4-2 to Zimbabwean side Dynamos in the Champions League.
GU did themselves a favour by winning the second leg 1-0 and it was mainly due to Phiri. He came towards the end of the match and Dynamos conceded a free kick. Dynamos defence failed to deal with it and Ofentse Nato headed it in.
GU now faces a mammoth task because they are going to play against Egyptian side, Haraas Elhodoud and hopefully Phiri will once again make a difference and make Botswana proud.