Sunday, May 22, 2022

Rollers, Chiefs’ rivalry set to heighten this season

Only five matches have been played in the Premier League and both Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Township Rollers are perched at the top.

Only a point separates the two teams in favour of Mochudi Centre Chiefs. Chiefs have 12 points while Rollers have 11. The Premier League standing clearly sends signals of a rivalry lying ahead for the two teams.

This is not helped by the fact that both two have already met twice this season and the latest having been this past weekend. The first time was during the finals of annual Kabelano Barclays Charity tournament and Rollers have emerged victorious in both encounters.

They first won the Kabelano tournament on penalties and won the weekend league encounter by a solo goal courtesy of Jerome Louis.

Both encounters for the two teams were full of fires works and indeed shows what lies ahead for the two teams. Both teams have since seen two multimillionaires investing chunk of money in them and in turn bought some quality players and quality coaches.
Coaches for both teams have tasted championships before with local teams and it remains to be seen this season who wants it the most than another one.

Chiefs are coached by Mike Sithole while Rollers by Madinda Ndlovu. What even puts the two teams in pole positions ahead of others is the fact that most of their players are in the national team something that gives then invaluable international experience. Nevertheless if the results of the five matches’ played so far in the Premier League are anything to go by then the league might even be more interesting.

The likes of Police XI and BMC have also performed exceptionally well despite challenges they faced before the end of the season. Police XI parted ways with their long time coach, Sthandwa Mogwadi and replaced with new comer Maitumelo Letaamoreng.

Despite the huge challenge that lied ahead, he seems to be coping and doing well. Already Police XI are in position four with 11 points together with BMC. Many thought it would take a bit of time for Letaamoreng to cope but he looks to have taken the bull by its horns. BMC also have 11 points on position three and only goal difference separate them with Rollers and Police XI. BMC had ownership troubles before the start of the league campaign and at one stage coach Daniel Nare handed his resignation only to rescind it latter.

The ownership debacle also seriously affected their pre-season preparations but Letapeng, Notwane, Highlanders and Ecco City Green seem to have started the league campaign on a wrong footing as they are trailing.


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