Saturday, May 28, 2022

Title aspirations slip through Centre Chiefs’ fingers

The title race for the be-Mobile Premier League seems to be slowly slipping away from Kgatleng outfit, Mochudi Centre Chiefs. So far Centre Chiefs have lost three matches, making it a tall order to win the championship unless the dramatic happens.

History proves that teams that eventually win the championship normally lose two matches. Having already lost three, the road looks even bumpier for Centre Chiefs, already 11 points adrift of log leaders, Township Rollers.

At the weekend they lost two valuable points to another strong title contender, Ecco City Green, with Centre Chiefs conceding the equalizer in the one-all draw in the dying minutes of the match.
For the past four seasons, Centre Chiefs have been the most consistent team and this season many thought they would walk away with the silverware, but they look likely to finish mid table. Since winning the league four seasons ago, they have been consistent runners up.

Just before the start of the current season they showed their commitment to win the league by going on a recruitment spree, acquiring the services of the defending champions coach, Rahman Gumbo. They also retained the services of internationals, Pontsho Moloi and Noah Maposa who were playing in the professional ranks in South Africa.

The team’s supporters appear in disbelief over what is happening. After the loss to Ecco City Green on Saturday, many Centre Chiefs supporters did not immediately leave the stadium but formed caucuses discussing the team’s state of affairs.

Centre Chiefs will face a much-improved BDF XI at Molepolole Sports complex on Sunday. The army team started the season badly, but have lately proved they are no pushovers.

In another interesting match, Gaborone United (GU) will battle it out with the meat boys, today (Wednesday) in Molepolole. BMC have proven to be a hard nut to crack against big guns while GU on the other hand do not want to leave anything to chance because rivals Township Rollers have already opened a gap.

Defending champions and pace setters, Township Rollers will be in Selibe Phikwe on Saturday against struggling Miscellaneous of Serowe. If Rollers win they will extend their unbeaten run to 10 matches. In another game on Saturday, Notwane face Motlakase in Molepolole, while Ecco City Green will play Black Peril in Francistown. On Saturday still, there will be a Francistown derby between Tasc and Tafic. All Matches start at 3pm.

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