Despite starting the league race on a low note after suffering an embarrassing 5-2 defeat to Mochudi Centre Chiefs and a goalless draw against Ecco City Greens, Township Rollers cannot be ruled out. They have players with a winning mentality and there is no doubt that come the end of the season they will be up there with the strongest. But Mapalastina have to reinforce certain areas in their squad if they entertain winning their third consecutive title. This is because at some stage, some of their key players like Lawrence Majawa, Onalethata Tshekiso and Sekhana Koko who hardly had a rest last season might be caught up by fatigue. If they manage to secure Mogakolodi ‘Tsotso’ Ngele from Uniao Flamengo Santos before the transfer window closes on August 31, then they will have a player who can relieve Tshekiso and Koko when it comes to banging in goals.
Key players: Tshekiso, Koko, Kabelo Dambe and Edwin Olerile
Mochudi Centre Chiefs
Magosi had a dream start in their first match against Rollers only to falter in the second one against BDF XI. Magosi thrashed Rollers 5-2 and lost 4-3 to BDF XI. They have finished runners-up three seasons in a row and their supporters believe this season is theirs provided they do not lose focus along the way. If there is one side which is balanced in almost all the departments, it has to be the Kgatleng giants. Against Rollers, they showed that they are in for business and if they do not falter along the way, Chiefs are likely to repeat the 2008 feat when they won the league.
Coach Madinda Ndlovu seems to have brought a new lease of life to the players. But a word of caution to Magosi, they have to go out to sign an experienced goalkeeper before the transfer window closes as they only have Mompoloki ‘Wrist’ Sephekolo as the recognised goalkeeper. The departure of Noah Maposa to Gaborone United has left a huge void in the goalkeeping department. Chiefs might be found wanting very soon when understudy Bobby Mathe sits for his Cambridge examinations at Naledi Secondary School in Gaborone.
Key players: Joel Mogorosi, Pontsho Moloi, Tshepo Motlhabankwe and Elvis Meleka.
Since winning the league title in 2009, the Reds have failed to build on their achievement. They have since watched both Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Township Rollers dominating football, something which has hurt their supporters. The new management at the club seems to have a different idea and it might not be long before GU supporters sing glory, glory again. New coach Elvis Chiweshe from Zimbabwe has made it clear that this is a season where he wants to see GU winning silverware. The Reds began their league campaign in style when they beat Nico United 3-1 away in Francistown and according to commentators, their performance should signal a warning to their opponents. The signing of goalkeeper Noah Maposa (Chiefs), Thato Ramatebele (Notwane), Gaopatswe Seosenyeng (Rollers) and Alphonse Modisaotsile (TAFIC) show their desire to challenge for honours. The management has done their part and it is time for their supporters to pack the stadium and cheer their heroes on.
Key players: Noah Maposa, Musa Ohilwe, Ofentse Nato, Ronald Chikomo.
When Daniel ‘Chicco’ Nare left for cross-town rivals BMC in February, many thought it was the end of the Peleng Glamour Boys. This is because Nare has turned the once perennial relegation candidates into a winning side. But the arrival of Maxwell Moyo from ECCO City Greens changed their fortunes for the better. He immediately won the Coca-Cola Cup much to the delight of their thousands of supporters. The new executive committee also seems to be willing to turn Gunners into a competitive side hence they will be one of the sides to watch this season. For the first time, Gunners have managed to hold on to their key players (at the time of going to press) and even bring in some new quality faces. There is no doubt that Moyo would use his experience to guide his troops.
Key players: Boitshoko Zikhale, Ofentse Mmipi, Hendrick Moyo and Kabo Molokwane.