Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Rollers extend their championship lead

Township Rollers have extended their lead in the be-Mobile Premier League. This comes after they defeated BMC, one of the teams that normally give them a tough time on Friday.

The victory by Rollers means that all the teams behind Rollers are forced to register victories to avoid falling too far behind.

Rollers have now won seven of the eight matches they played this season with only one loss to Uniao Flamengo Santos.
Even the torrential rain that fell on Friday did not deter many Rollers supporters from attending in large numbers.

The goals by Rollers were scored by Edwin Olerile and Terrence Mandaza, while BMC’s consolation goal was scored by Phenyo ‘Bunene’ Ditsile.
Rollers could have won the game by an avalanche of goals, had they not wasted many chances that came their way.
As early as the third minute, Olerile’s powerful free kick was deflected into the net by one of BMC’s defenders.

Seven minutes latter Mandaza had an easy goal after tapping in a failed clearance from BMC defenders.
Rollers then continued to raid BMC who looked disjointed and confused. Rollers hit the poles on three occasions with BMC goalie at their mercy.

In the second half, BMC were a different side as they looked more organised and they too could have won the match had they utilised chances that came their way but they were just too wasteful.

The culprits were mainly Ditsile and Kenanao ‘Floh’ Khetholetsile.
Credit should also go to Rollers youthful goalkeeper, Kabelo Dambe, who foiled many attempts by BMC.
Ditsile pulled one back for BMC six minutes from full time after being left unmarked and unleashed a powerful strike that did not give Dambe any chance.

After the goal Rollers tried to extend the lead but it was not to be as the likes of Joel Mogorosi, Mandaza and Olerile kept on fluffing chances much to the disappointment of Rollers supporters.

After the match, Rollers coach, Rahman Gumbo, told The Sunday Standard that they started well but players got tired. He added that it has been a same old song for his players who wasted many glorious opportunities.

“It was a good game but my players were tired towards the end. They were playing on Sunday and now Friday. They have not actually had a rest. But generally they played well and we got the three points,” he said.

Rollers are itching to win a major trophy, which they last won five years ago. The year 2005 was when they came back from the First Division and won both the League Championship and the Coca Cola trophy.

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