A total of 23 goals were scored in the opening weekend of the 2011-2012 Be MOBILE Premier League and, without doubt, football supporters are in for what promises to be a thrilling season.┬á
While most of the giants collected maximum points, defending champions Township Rollers got a rude awakening when they were thrashed 5-2 by uncompromising nemesis, Mochudi Centre Chiefs, in a thrilling spectacle at the UB Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Chiefs supporters sang and danced to their victory outside the stadium while the opposite camp watched in despair. It was the first time in history that Magosi put five past their bitter rivals and, to make matters worse, three of Chiefs’ goals were scored by former Rollers’ players.
Moemedi ‘Jomo’ Moatlhaping netted a brace while Mapalastina’s former captain Joel ‘16′ Mogorosi scored the other goal. ┬áIt was a day most Rollers supporters would like to forget quickly, especially that they have tough assignments against ECCO City Greens and Extension Gunners in the coming weekends.
On the day, Rollers committed stupid mistake in the last line of defence which cost them dearly.┬á The defeat has put an early pressure on coach Wesley Mondo who watched haplessly as his troops were ran over by fired-up Magosi. In the end, some supporters pointed fingers at Mondo for not applying his tactics right but the giant Zambian gaffer poured scorn on his defence.
“We made some schoolboy errors in defence and we were punished. This is something I need to work on,” he said.
Mondo said that there is need to bolster the squad, especially the central defence, which was exposed by the speedy Chiefs forwards.
Watched by Kgosi Bana Sekai, the Kgatleng giants did not show their opponents any respect, scoring two goals in the opening 15 minutes, courtesy of Lesego Galenamotlhale and Mogorosi. In the absence of creative midfielder Powell Abednico, Rollers looked out of sorts and the chances they created all went to waste.┬á
At the break, Chiefs were commanding a 3-1 lead, thanks to Moatlhaping’s 27th minute strike. Onalethata Tshekiso reduced the deficit with a header in the 45th minute. After the break, Chiefs continued where they left off and Moatlhaping completed his brace in the 56th minute when he slotted home a penalty after Galabgwe Moyana was fouled in the box.
Rollers reduced the arrears in the 76th minute from a controversial penalty scored by Sekhana ‘Nandos’ Koko. But the action-filled spectacle was settled in the 81st minute by substitute Oteng Moalosi who capitalized on Rollers’ failure to clear the lines.
National team coach Stanley Tshosane shared the same sentiments with Mondo that Rollers were disastrous in defence. He pointed out that Mapalastina could not deal with Chiefs’ pace on the day.
“I was really impressed by Chiefs’ players and they looked fit. They also combined well when on attack and it appeared as if it was not their first league game,” said Tshosane, who was amongst the thousands of supporters who packed the university stadium to the rafters.
On Saturday, Rollers take a long trip to Francistown to take on ECCO City Greens and their supporters will be hoping for a better show from their heroes. Rollers have never struggled against ECCO but football has proven to be a cruel game.
Chiefs host BDF XI, who managed a 3-2 victory against BMC in their opening fixture, in Molopolole.
The following are the rest of the weekend’s results;
Saturday- Notwane 1 (Tshepiso Molwantwa) FC Satmos 0. Mogoditshane Fighters 1 (Bakang Onnetse) Great North Tigers 0. TAFIC 1 (Anderson Siphambe) ECCO City Greens 0.┬á Uniao Flamengo Santos 1 (Godfrey Ngele) Miscellaneous 0.
Sunday- ┬áExtension Gunners┬á 2 (Hendrick Moyo 2) Police XI 1 (David Makakaba). Gaborone United 3 (Gaopatwe Seosenyeng, Ofentse Nato, Ronald Chikomo) Nico United 1 (Bernard Simakwenzi). BDF XI 3 (Lemponye Tshireletso, Mokgathi Mokgathi, Moreetsi Mosimanyana) BMC 2 (Kenanao Kgetholetsile, Ofana Motsumi).