Sunday, March 26, 2023

Premier League First Round comes to an end

Even though this is only halfway through before the be-MOBILE Premier League comes to an end, some players played their hearts out during the first round.

If they maintain their consistency, they might win honours for themselves and their teams.

The first round saw the defending champions, Township Rollers, once again leading the league with five clear points from second placed, Ecco City Green.

When Rollers won the league last season, they also finished the First Round on top of the league and it remains to be seen if they will hold on to the lead until the end.

Rollers are using almost the same players they used last season but with a different coach.

The first round also signaled bad news for northern teams. Both Tasc and Motlakase are anchored at the bottom of the league and unless they pull up their socks in the second round, they might find themselves back in the dusty pitches of the First Division.

Another element that can easily be taken note of is the revival of careers by certain players that many supporters had started to write off as spent forces.

There was also an emergence of youngsters who look to have a bright future ahead, they do not lose focus.

Moemedi ‘Jomo’ Moatlhaping and Malepa Bolelang stand out in this regard, with their outstanding performances.

Moalthaping finished as the leading goalscorer with 14 goals while Bolelang trails him by a goal.
Both players struggled with form for the past few seasons. Moatlhaping has never been himself since he arrived in the country from South African side, Platinum Stars. He failed to show the form that enabled him to sign a professional contract in South Africa.

This season, he has picked up form and scores just as easily from open play as from spot kicks. He might even end as the top goalscorer at the end of the season if he maintains his form.
He has also reclaimed his national team jersey.

Bolelang, on the other hand, has been a hit since his team Ecco City Greens earned themselves promotion to the Premier League five seasons ago. However, for the past two years he did not perform to expectations but this time around he seems determined to help his team win their second league championships for the second time since their promotion.

An unfortunate and distinct trend that is not good for the development of Botswana football is that the top seven teams in the Premier League are coached by foreign coaches while the highest local coach, Losika Keatlholetse, of BDF XI, comes in eighth place.


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