Depth, endurance and a bit of luck must have been among factors that handed Township Rollers their fifth Kabelano Charity spectacular victory on Saturday July 25).
Despite Rollers’ gutsy display during the day-long spectacle, credit must go to the team’s nippy attacker, Motsholetsi Sikele’s determination that resulted in an emphatic 3-2 victory in the final match against Mochudi Centre Chiefs.
Sikele struck a rare but resounding hattrick to make a statement of intent ahead of the much awaited premier league campaign.
Earlier on, Rollers had a slim 2-1 victory over a resurgent and youthful Extension Gunners in the second semifinal of the tournament. Jerome Ramatlhakwana bagged a brace to set a date with Chiefs who had had a walk on the park to the final match by beating Sankoyo Bush Bucks in the first match.
The final match was seemingly a stuck contrast of what was to be expected when the two sides met, but Magosi saved an unexciting first half when former Gaborone United’s impressive left back Tshifiwa Kgaswane made no mistake from the penalty spot after Simisane Mathumo had brought down a goal-bound Tendai Nyumasi inside the box.
Sikele began his onslaught with a fine equaliser when Chiefs’ new signee goalkeeper, Edwin Mokibe, had failed to deal with what looked like a less lethal long range shot.
The introduction of former Ajax Cape Town tricky winger, Mkhanyiseli Siwahla for Chiefs, paid off as his neat exchange with Jackie Mothatego resulted in Mara Moloi tapping in a well taken Pontsho Moloi cross.
Moments later, it was another beautiful effort from Sikele who ran to the end of a Mokibe rebound to level matters for Popa.
Magosi suffered a major blow when Mara Moloi limped off injured and was replaced by an ineffective Patrick Kaunda.
Sikele completed his hattrick with a well taken free kick a few metres away from the box to send the hard-to-please fans into wild raptures.Sensing danger, Rollers’ new mentor Mark
Harrison threw in defender Oscar Ncenga onto the back wall; he also introduced Carl Finnigan who only tasted a few minutes of action before being shown red for an off the ball incident with an assistant referee.
Source : BOPA