Saturday, March 25, 2023

Premier League promises flying sparks this season

If the results of the Premier League’s weekend results are anything to go by, then this season is heading for a scintillating affair. The teams have proven that they mean business and do not want anything else but positive results.

Three teams that command a popular following in the country registered convincing victories and this means anyone of them who could slip on the way would have it tough to recover.

It will be interesting when the trio of Township Rollers, Gaborone United (GU) and Mochudi centre Chiefs play against each other.

Rollers walloped new comers, Black Peril, 3-1 at University of Botswana Stadium on Saturday, while GU were merciless against cross town rivals Notwane whom they thrashed 4-1.

Centre Chiefs also showed their real intentions when they scored four goals without reply against youth brigade, Uniao Flamengo Santos.

Chiefs will be looking forward to increasing their lead today (Wednesday) when they play Black Peril in Molepolole.

Rollers, however, were nearly given a scare of their life when Peril scored an early goal and they had to come back and claim victory seven minutes from time.

Although Rollers won, their defence is a bit suspect, especially when under pressure.
The void created by Itayi Gwandu, who went to Chiefs, is still evident. Even upfront, the strikers just have to convert or else they might see themselves chasing other teams’ shadows.

Rollers should have scored more goals but wasted many glorious opportunities in front of goals.
If indeed the likes of Zambian international, Mweuku Musona, Sekhana Koko and Onalethata Tshekiso can polish their scoring boots a bit then they will really be a team to beat.

Centre Chiefs, on the other hand, looked like a team complete in all departments, and if they can play like that throughout the season, they definitely are already early favourites to win any major silverware this season.

Gwandu’s arrival from Rollers has really solidified their defence and only a brave and a torrent of attacks can penetrate them.

Also the arrival of Pontsho Moloi from a short stint in South African has boosted their midfield.
Moloi can play either in the middle of the park, as a mobiliser and spraying those pin-point crosses, or play as a striker.

He marked his arrival with two beautiful goals and ignited those memories of three seasons ago when Chiefs went for 42 unbeaten matches and swept all trophies on offer.

On the other hand, Rollers coach, Wesley Mondo, is confident of defending the league championship. He said as the defending champions winning the first match is vital because it keeps players focused.

Weekend fixtures

Miscellaneous vs Police XI (Selibe Phikwe), BMC vs Nico United (Lobatse), BDF XI vs Uniao Flamengo Santos (SSKB), Ecco City Green vs Notwane (Francistown), Gaborone United vs Tasc (Molepolole).

Motlakase vs Tafic (Selibe Phikwe), Township Rollers vs Gunners (UB Stadium)


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