Sunday, November 29, 2020

Rollers continue to set the pace

It might be too early to predict the eventual winners or the relegation candidates of the on-going be-MOBILE Premier League, but the defending champions, Rollers, are already setting the pace.
Rollers have so far won all their four opening league matches and for that matter they are scoring an avalanche of goals.

Francistown-based side, Ecco City Green, is breathing heavily on the back of Rollers but the latter have superior goal advantage.

Gaborone United (GU) and Mochudi Centre Chiefs are some of the teams that started on a high note but have since dropped some vital points.

Last weekend, Centre Chiefs were beaten 2-0 by resurrecting Extension Gunners while GU were on Sunday held to a one all draw by youth brigade, Uniao Flamengo Santos, who have started the league on a low note.

Rollers look like a team on a serious mission because they are converting most of their created chances. So far they have scored 15 goals in four of the matches they played.

Rollers were ruthless against Francistown-based side Tafic on Sunday, whom they demolished 4-0. After the match, Rollers coach, Wesly Mondo, was the most ecstatic man saying the results are building confidence in the players and hence making their mission of defending the title possible.
“The most important thing is that we are not that wasteful in front of goals and we are converting. The results for the team are proving that,” he said. Mondo also added that the positive results of the team are a sign of hard work for the team at training. Most people did not give Rollers a chance to smooth sail because they lost several key players after winning both the league and Coca-Cola tournament last season.

They lost their key defender, Itayi Gwandu, to rivals Mochudi Centre Chiefs and industrious midfielder, Edwin Moalosi, to United States of America. Striker Onalethata Tshekiso looks to have found his scoring boots after being a shadow of himself in the past few seasons. So far, he has scored in all the matches for this season and against Tafic he scored a brace. Tshekiso was once in the national team and this could be the opportunity for him to send a strong message to coach Stanley Tshosane that he wants his jersey back. Also several former national team players are giving coach Tshosane sleepless nights with their incredible form.

They are Moemedi ‘Jomo’ Moatlhaping, Bonolo Fraser and Malepa Bolelang. They are scoring week in and week out and this could also be a blessing to coach Tshosane in case the ones he prefers are either suspended or injured.

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