Sunday, May 26, 2024

Scintillating Premier League season in the offing

From the way things look, the current Premier League season might go down to the wire if the way it started is anything to go by. Most teams appear to have seriously reinforced their squads and want nothing but results, writes Sunday Standard reporter, Tshepho Bogosing.

Normally, before the start of a new season, most teams get busy in the transfer market bolstering their squads.

But in the end, few teams go on to dominate or win the league way with several games to spare.

It is only on rare occasions that the league championship is decided in the last matches.

Before the start of this season, however, most teams strengthened their squads by signing quality players and it looks like it is going to be tough and interesting.

It was fascinating on the last day of the transfer window when the unexpected happened.

Mochudi Centre Chiefs striker Moemedi Moatlhaping and influential striker Oteng Moalosi controversially moved to rivals, Township Rollers and Extension Gunners, respectively.

Before Moalosi joined them, Gunners had already made top signings that included Uniao Flamengo Santos top marks man, Boitshoko Zikhali.

So far only three matches have been played and it is beginning to show that teams mean business.
BDF XI started well by winning two of their opening matches only to lose heavily to Ecco City Greens by 4-1 score line.

Gaborone United also started by winning two of their opening matches and drew the third.

Mochudi Centre Chiefs, however, also lost one of their three matches. Champions Township Rollers have had a slow start because they only managed to collect two points from a possible nine.

By acquiring the services of Moatlhaping, Rollers hope to break long time jinx and win the league championships for the third time in a row, something that would not be possible.

Despite also starting on a low note, BMC looks like a team on a mission this season. They have acquired big names, like Kemmy Pilato from Gunners and attacking midfielder, Godfrey Ngele from Uniao Flamengo Santos.

Their coach, Daniel Nare, made it clear that they want to finish at least in the top four.

Teams that might find the going tough are the likes of Police XI, Uniao Flamengo Santos and those in the Central and Northern parts.

Santos lost a number of their key players to several Premier League teams and did not sign any high profile players but rather promoted several youngsters from their development structures.

Police on the other hand will mostly be using the squad they have been using for the past few years, but the very same team has not delivered of recent.

Miscellaneous of Serowe had a rude awakening to the start and if they do not pull up their socks, they might find themselves in the lower division next season.

Francistown side, Tafic, started well despite releasing many players before the start of the season. The players currently signed by the team appear hungry for success and the team had a positive start.


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