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Football Fans Brace for Kabelano Excitement

Football fanatics who have been starved of domestic club action are anticipated to pack the National Stadium on Saturday (July 25) for the Barclays Kabelano Charity Spectacular featuring crowd pullers Township Rollers, Mochudi Centre Chiefs, Extension Gunners and Sankoyo Bush Bucks.

With competitive domestic club football having ended in May with Chiefs being crowned league champions, fans who have been missing their sides will be eager to see how their clubs shape up in this pre-season tournament.

Chiefs will face Sankoyo Bush Bucks in the first match, while arguably the country’s two most supported sides Township Rollers face Extension Gunners in the second contest. The winners will play later in a day that will also feature music performances by South African hit makers Mafikizolo, and local favourites Vee and Charma Gal.

Magosi have a quality squad, the creative Jackie Mothatego who has just joined the Kgatleng giants from is likely to partner reigning player of the season Lesego ‘Lesh’ Galenamotlhale in what should be a formidable midfield. Ayanda ‘Senatla’ Molefhe and Pontsho Moloi will offer Chiefs creativity going forward, and they pose a goal scoring threat as will forwards Tendayi Nyumasi and Patrick Kaunda.

Though Sankoyo will be without some of last season’s key players, they will still field a hungry squad eager to impress on the big stage. Founded as a village community trust team in 1996, Ngurungu have earned the right to share the stage with the country’s biggest clubs, having worked their way to the premier league and making a good impression. According to the Botswanan Premeir League Sankoyo were among the highest earners in gate takings revenue in the 2014-15 premier league season.

Rollers versus Gunners will evoke memories of classic contests between the two glamour sides in the 1990s, when Mapantsula a Peleng as Gunners are known to their legion of fans had great players like Nephtally ‘Scara’ Kebalepile, Itumeleng ‘Tumie’ Duicker and Joshua ‘Jojo’ Mogotsi, while Popa had an equally talented side will players like Thabo Motang, Keitumetse ‘Pio’ Paul, Joseph Chikoti, Des Molefhe and Moses ‘Killer’ Dipatane.

Gunners, who have roped in the highly qualified coach Pio Paul- a former player for both Popa and Mapantsula- currently have a good goalkeeper in Wagarre ‘Waxy’ Dikago. Although their outfield squad has been affected by the loss of key players they still have quality players like Topo Piet, Finkie ‘MaThousand’ Mothibi, Thabiso Mabachi and Kemmy ‘Gweru’ Pilato.

Gunners have signed Tshegofatso Chimuku and Odirile ‘Deco’ Kgaodi while Popa have roped in Mogogi Gabonamong from Bloemfontein Celtic, and Carl Finnigan from English lower division side Gateshed FC.

Rollers coach Mark Harrison will have to decide whether to play Gabonamong in central defence where he was paired with Leutlwetse Tshireletso against Platinum Stars during the recent Maize Triangle Challenge competition or in central midfield where he could partner Lawrence Majawa or former Gunners captain Maano ‘Abutreka’ Ditshupo.

Gunners, eager to avenge last season’s Kabelano semi final loss to eventual cup winners Rollers, will have to focus on stopping the forward movements of the Blues’ creative players, in particular attacking midfielder Segolame Boy and winger Kobamelo ‘Swere’ Kebaikanye.

It is likely to be a memorable day as the four clubs involved will all be eager to send an early warning signal to rivals ahead of the 2015-16 league season.

Source : DailyNews Online