Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Ndlovu unhappy despite heavy win

Any coach would put up a big smile if he watches his side scoring eight goals but not Mochudi Centre Chiefs coach, Madinda Ndlovu. Despite his side mauling Mogoditshane Fighters 8-1 in a be MOBILE Premier League game played at SSKB Stadium on Sunday afternoon, Ndlovu was not a happy man.

The win saw Chiefs move five points clear of the nearest team, Nico United, at the top of the table.

Chiefs have now amassed 28 points in 11 games and have scored 40 goals. “I’m not impressed about the performance today because my players did not follow the instructions accordingly. I would have been happy if we won 1-0 and followed the instructions to the latter. I had to change the plan in the opening minutes to enable us to score the first goal and if we want to win the league, the mentality (of the players) has to change,” he said.

Chiefs went to the break leading 2-1 but they proved too strong for their opponents after the break, scoring six times and handing Fighters their heaviest defeat to date.  

Kekaetswe ‘Mara’ Moloi scored four goals with Joel Mogorosi grabbing a hat trick. The other goal was a sublime free kick from left winger Galabgwe Moyana.

Chiefs’ Moemedi ‘Jomo’ Moatlhaping left the field in tears after he was substituted midway through the second half while captain Pontsho Moloi could not hide his disappointment at being replaced by Stanley Tsolope five minutes from time.

But Ndlovu was not moved by the players’ behavior.

“It is normal for the players (not wanting to be substituted) if the team is doing well, so I don’t have a problem with it. I would be worried if they refused to be substituted,” he said.

This coming Saturday, Chiefs travel to Selebi-Phikwe for a tricky date against Nico United in a highly-anticipated clash. It is a game which many people believe will put Chiefs in a firm position to clinch the league title if they come out tops.

Since losing 4-3 to BDF XI in their second game of the season, Chiefs have never looked back.

Commenting on their match against Nico, the Zimbabwean coach said, “We take each game as it comes. This game (against Fighters) is now water under the bridge as we need to focus on the game against Nico.”

Chiefs will welcome back Jabu Pilane back after missing the Fighters’ game due to family commitments. ┬á

After suffering a shocking 3-1 loss away to BMC on Saturday afternoon, Nico will want to bounce back might pose serious headaches for the Kgatleng giants. It was Nico’s second defeat of the season.

This weekend, Nico will welcome back their most reliable servant in defender Monametsi ‘Sunday’ Kelebale after serving a two-match suspension. Meanwhile, defending league champions Township Rollers were also in a scoring mood on Friday night in Molepolole, scoring six goals past Police XI goalkeeper Edwin Mokibe.

Tsotso Ngele’s brace and a goal each from Powell Abednico, Phenyo Molefe, Thato Bolweleng and Mahomed Chawila were enough to secure them maximum points. Rollers are now lying third after accumulating 22 points in 11 games.

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