Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Ndlovu challenges Chiefs to make ticking players happy

Mochudi Centre Chiefs’ head coach, Madinda Ndlovu, has challenged the club’s executive committee to keep the players happy then they do their job on the field of play.

He said this after his side trounced Mogoditshane Fighters 5-2 in a one-sided affair played under cloudy conditions at Molepolole Sports Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Chiefs now lead the standings with 27 points from 11 games.

It is a game which ensured that Magosi maintain their position at the top of the log and opened a two-point gap over their nearest rivals, Gaborone United (GU).

Leading scorers Mara Moloi and Pontsho Moloi scored a brace each, the other goal coming from Galabgwe Moyana to claim the maximum points for Magosi. It was a sweet victory for Kgatleng giants after Fighters beat them 2-1 in their second round meeting at UB Stadium last season.

The game consigned Chiefs to their first loss of the season. Ndlovu said that the return of defender Sekgabo Molebatsi and midfield kingpin Dirang Moloi stabilized his side. Though Chiefs suffered a setback when first choice goalkeeper Mompoloki Sephekolo pulled a muscle during warm-up, the Zimbabwean tactician is happy that it did not affect their performance.

“I’m glad that Malangane (reserve goalkeeper Lame Tladinyane) did well when called to duty at the last minute. Maybe it’s because he did not have much to do as the game was one way traffic,” said Ndlovu.

He added that he is happy that they have managed to sustain their position at the top of the log. “I think we’ll have to fight harder in the remaining games of the first round. If we can be at the top at the conclusion (of first round), I have no doubt we’ll be on a pole position (to retain the league title,” he continued.

However, Ndlovu is worried that his side continue to miss chances in front of goal and has vowed that his technical team would continue working on their shortcomings. On paper, Chiefs can finish the opening round undefeated as they face Miscellaneous, Motlakase, Uniao Flamengo Santos and BDF XI before the close of the year.

“It is up to the management to do their part in terms of keeping these boys happy (in terms of salaries). So far they (management) have done well and I want to see that happening for the remainder of the season. The boys have shown what they can do when they’re fully focused and happy,” he said.

Meanwhile, GU dropped two points when they were held to a 2-2 draw by inconsistent Notwane at SSKB Stadium on Saturday. The draw sees the Reds on 25 points which makes their job a bit tougher especially thatChiefs continue to pick up vital points. After drubbing Extension Gunners 5-1 the previous weekend, Township Rollers returned home empty handed after they were beaten 2-1 by TAFIC in Francistown.

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