Rollers End Season On High Note

| May 18, 2015

A Segolame Boy brace powered Township Rollers to a 3-0 victory over traditional nemesis, Gaborone United, at the National Stadium on Saturday night (May 16).

Boy’s goals and Gofaone Tiro’s strike were enough to ensure Popa’s victory in a one-sided Gaborone derby.

With Mochudi Centre Chiefs handed the premier league trophy earlier in the day at Molepolole, Rollers assured of finishing third and GU fourth, the game was not the fierce contest normally associated with great city rivalries such as Manchester United versus Manchester City (England) or Kaizer Chiefs v Orlando Pirates (South Africa).

Rollers-GU is traditionally a great derby in the mold of some of these global contests, and the recent Mascom Top 8 final won 2-1 by the Reds over Popa brought back memories of great derbies from years past.

But Saturday night’s game had a lukewarm feel about it from the beginning, with a smaller crowd than anticipated, and the two sides spending the first few minutes sizing each other like boxers reluctant to throw killer blows in the opening rounds of a heavyweight contest.

In the opening half GU looked more comfortable side on the ball, their passing immaculate, but going forward, they offered Michael Pepukani’s goal little threat it was Rollers who displayed greater intent in attack.

Rollers used wingers Kobamelo ‘Swere’ Kebaikanye and Tiro to good effect, requiring only a few touches on the ball and quick runs to get to the GU box, and it came as no surprise when Boy struck home to make it 1-0 to the Blues in the 17th minute.

GU continued to pass the ball well, without actually managing to push forward apart from the two occasions when Benson Shilongo broke through, only to balloon the first chance over the bar, and hit the crossbar with his other effort, a blistering shot.

In the recent cup final GU, through Ofentse ‘Size 10′ Nato and Alphose Modisaotsile showed tremendous effort, working hard to close down Rollers, attempting to be the first man on the ball with every challenge.

But on Saturday night it was Rollers’ Lawrence Majawa and Maano Ditshupo who had supremacy in the middle of the park, allowing their creative midfielder Boy to link well with the wingers and lone striker, South African Manqoba ‘Shakes’ Ngwenya.

On the night the former Mamelodi Sundowns attacker did not get on the score sheet, but he continued to be pose a threat and combined well with his teammates.

Into the second half, Boy made it 2-0 to Rollers in the 61st minute, and soon after, in the 64th minute Tiro found his way into the GU box, rounded the keeper and tapped in the third.

Popa, who parted ways with coach Madinda Ndlovu just after the Mascom Top 8 final and have been under the tutelage of caretaker Mogomotsi ‘Teenage’ Mpote will hope to shore up their squad in the off season and secure a full time mentor to steer the Blue ship back to the title form displayed when they were crowned champions last season, and in the first round of this season where they were unbeaten.

GU who remain under the reigns of Rahman Gumbo will also want to use the off season to consolidate this season’s gains, and strengthen further as to challenge for next season’s title.

Source : DailyNews Online

Source : Botswana Daily News

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