Sunday, September 20, 2020

Mpote adds flair to Rollers in his quest for top job

If taking the job at the helm of Township Rollers is daunting to a lot of coaches, interim head coach Mogomotsi Mpote is surely not overawed.

And if at all his time at the top is a chance to impress the Rollers hierarchy to give him the job full time, his last two matches mean he is seriously raising his hand up as the main contender for the job.

When asked whether he was really auditioning for the job after his team’s 4 ÔÇô 1 rout of fellow title contenders Orapa United this past Friday night, the man known as “Teenage” offered a simple answer: “I am a coach.”

Against the then log leaders on Friday night, Rollers were imperious. For once in a very long time, they had certain verve and played with a lot of flair. 

The likes of Segolame Boy, Edwin Moalosi, and Tshepo Motlhabankwe, of all people, definitely rose to the occasion with some deft touches, tricks and flicks.

For once, Orapa United, who are considered a tough nut, to crack were mesmerised and found it hard to get out of their own half. 

Even their coach Madinda Ndlovu admitted: “Township Rollers played a good game. They were much stronger than us today and they deserved to win,” he said.

However, for Mpote this was just a glimpse of the direction in which he will be leading his team. “I have been a coach for a very long time and I have my own way of doing things,” he explained.

“I like to play football which is good to the eye and that is what the supporters should expect from this team from now onwards,” he said. 

According to Mpote, just as his team played against Orapa United, and Gilport Lions before them, that is how the team will be playing, with relentless pressing and flair.

“I want my players to express themselves freely. These are African players and they should play with a bit of African flair,” he said.

“If the players embrace my style of play and vision, I have no doubt we will win a lot of our games. And we will win playing some very good football, which I believe supporters yearn to see,” he added.

But when all is said and done, Mpote definitely knows it is still a very long way to go before he can definitely claim the Rollers job permanently.

After all, just as they say, two swallows don’t make a rain, definitely, two games cannot guarantee he will get the job.

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