Monday, December 11, 2023

Red-hot Chiefs remain at the summit

Mochudi Centre Chiefs completed the first round of the be MOBILE Premier League in style when they crushed TAFIC 4-0 in a game played at Molepolole Sports Complex on Saturday afternoon.

The win ensured that Magosi remains at the summit of the log with 40 points from 15 games, eight points more than second placed BMC.

The national champions, Township Rollers, have 29 points and are placed third after they were held to a goalless draw by BMC at Lobatse Stadium. Chiefs start the second round with a date against BDF XI at SSKB Stadium in Mogoditshane on Saturday before the league breaks for two months due to the African Cup of Nations (AFCON). The free-scoring Chiefs seem to be on course to win the league title they lifted almost three years ago.

Magosi have rattled the net 55 times and are likely to make a record in the history of Botswana in terms of goals scored in a season if they continue to be merciless in front of goal.

While most football analysts and supporters believe that Chiefs are home and dry midway through the season, Chiefs’ head coach Madinda Ndlovu says it is too early to celebrate.

“If you’re leading by eight points at this stage it’s good though you never know what the future holds. I’m really happy at the way things have gone, like I said we’re taking each game as it comes,” said Ndlovu.

He praised his troops for keeping their eyes on the ball despite the attention they have received in recent times. The Zimbabwean coach added that his biggest challenge is to keep the squad intact especially with the transfer window coming soon.

“The thing is that I’m not sure if I’ll be having the same squad when the league resumes because of the transfer window. The challenge for the Chiefs’ management is to ensure that we keep the same squad; if that happens, chances of winning the league are high,” he said. Ndlovu hinted that if given an opportunity, he would like to add at least two players to his squad.

Chiefs’ attacking midfielder Joel Mogorosi has been in electrifying form and leads the scoring charts with 21 goals. After playing a cameo role for Chiefs over the past two seasons, Kekaetswe ‘Mara’ Moloi has been enjoying a new lease of life having scored 13 goals so far. It remains to be seen if Chiefs will be the same side after the AFCON break.

Meanwhile, Extension Gunners coach Maxwell Moyo had a huge sigh of relief after his side hammered Notwane 3-0 at SSKB Stadium on Sunday. Boitshoko Zikhale scored a brace with the other goal coming from wayward Kgololo Leteane. In the build-up to the game, it was alleged the management was considering to slap Moyo with a suspension. Though he has not been given his letter, The Telegraph has it on good authority that he will be served with it this week.

The rest of the weekend results are as follows:

ECCO City Greens 1-2 Police XI
FC Satmos 0-3 Nico United
Gaborone United 3-0 Mogoditshane Fighters
Great North Tigers 2-1 Miscellaneous
Uniao Flamengo Santos 1-0 BDF XI


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