Magosi, Popa Renew Rivalry

| January 30, 2015

Township Rollers and Mochudi Centre Chiefs renew their long time rivalry on Saturday Janurary 31 at the National Stadium in a beMobile premier league match that is expected to captivate a massive audience more than ever before.

The match will surely shape the look of the log at the top because both teams are separated by a mere three points. Rollers, aka POPA, are currently leading the log with 40 points, whereas Centre Chiefs, aka Magosi, are breathing hot on their neck with 37 points.

For Rollers, who are the host and defending champions, the game will be very crucial if they intend to create a breathing space for themselves by increasing the lead.

Mapalastina, and this is yet another nick name for Rollers, boast of new top signings, among them former Magosi duo of Jerome Ramatlhakwane and Tshepo Motlhabankwe, who are expected to be used in destroying their former club.

The quality of these new players and their experience is a true testimony to the huge talent supremacy the Gaborone West club has established over their rivals.

Players aside, Rollers go into this match having downed Lobatse giants, Extension Gunners 4-2 last weekend and certainly the morale is very high for the blues.

Recent performances suggest that Rollers are best placed to win this encounter but it is a match that will be decided by little details such as the ability to take chances and being firm at the back.

Whichever team shows a little less of these things might lose points nevertheless, a minor loss for Rollers will still see them at the top with only a goal difference from the team below separating them. The big team news in the Rollers camp is that their head coach Madinda Ndlovu will miss out because he will be away to pursue his coaching A-license.

Rollers will be led by their reliable captain Sekhana Koko who recently returned from a prolonged injury to score a goal in his team’s last game. Also a former Magosi player, Koko is well known around Magosi circles and he will be a thorn in the flesh for their defence.

Meanwhile, since losing to Police XI, Rollers have quickly recovered and are back to their scoring days and it will be up to Magosi to stop them. However, for the Kgatleng giants Mochudi Centre Chiefs, they go into the game knowing only a win will guarantee them a place at the top of the log with a goal difference only to beat.

It must be said that this season has been a relentless title race for the Mochudi giants who have lost a couple of decisive matches earlier in the first round. They beat last season’s runners up BDF XI 2-1 in the last game and now they face another giant for the third time in a row since the second round began.

Magosi lost to Mapalastina last season and surely they will not let their fierce rivals beat them again this time around. Still among the favourites to win the league this season, a win will inspire Magosi to focus on winning the title they lost to Rollers last season after holding it for two seasons in a row.

Magosi are among few teams in the current season that possess the ability to stop Rollers’ dominion. A match between the two teams is a contest that has long captivated for its scope that extends far beyond the pitch. The two teams are well known for exchanging players and coaches, something that intensifies their rivalry even more.

In other games on the same day, Police XI will host BR Highlanders at Molepolole Sports Complex at 4pm ECCO City Greens will travel to Itekeng Stadium in Orapa to take on Orapa United at 4pm Motlakase Power Dynamos will host Nico United at Serowe Sports Complex at 4PM Letlapeng will travel to Selibe Phikwe Stadium to face FC Satmos at 4PM and Sankoyo Bush Bucks will host Gaborone United at Maun Sports Complex at 4pm.

On Sunday January 31, Notwane will take on Extension Gunners at the SSKB Stadium at 4pm, while BMC face BDF XI at the New Lobatse Stadium.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Sports

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