Township Rollers stand a better chance of winning the 2013/14 be-MOBILE Premier after defeating another one of the strong contenders, BDF XI, 2-1 on Friday at Molepolole Sports complex.
Rollers goals were scored by both South African and Namibian internationals, Manqoba Ngwenya and Jerome Louis, while BDF XI’s consolation goal was scored by Kumbulani Madziba.
Victory by Rollers means they now have 41 points from 19 matches and before weekend matches they were three points clear of rivals Mochudi Centre Chiefs. BDF XI now have 35 points and there was a possibility of them dropping to the fourth position.
This is so because they have been controversially docked six points for taking football to court. There is a possibility that they will make an appeal. Rollers victory over the army side means that they have so far managed to beat fellow top teams like Mochudi Centre Chiefs and BDF XI.
Normally champions are judged on their ability to beat fellow top teams and that could work well for them provided they put their heads down and continue with the winning momentum.
Rollers are also being given advantage by the fact that BDF XI have been docked six points and even though they might appeal but the players might be psychologically affected.
What might work well for Rollers is the fact that other strong contenders, Mochudi Centre Chiefs are having their own internal problems that even resulted in three players being fired by the team.
The trio is veteran, Tshepo Motlhabankwe, Amos ‘Shoes’ Godirwang and Kago Nfila. Rollers also have a depth in squad than most of the teams and do not struggle if one of their key players is either injured or suspended.
The team is even currently busy in the transfer market and wants to sign several top players from various teams.
The participation in the Club African competitions by fellow league contenders, Centre Chiefs and GU might prove to be a blessing for Rollers. Participating in African competitions while the league is still on can be a very strenuous adventure.
Teams have to contend with traveling over the weekends and play league matches during the week.
More key players can even be injured and thus giving rivals an advantage. It now however remains to be seen whether the league championships war would go to the last matches or one team will slightly keep on moving forward.