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‘The Blues’ break barriers but…

Publishing Date : 13 November, 2017

Author : MOSIMANEGAPE TSHOSWANE

The records in the first opening 8 games previously set by Police XI and Mochudi Centre Chiefs have been broken by determined Township Rollers in a BTC premiership they entirely dominate- once again. STAFF WRITER MOSIMANEGAPE TSHOSWANE believes Nikola Kavazović side will win their 6th title, and that Rollers’ rivals are in their death bed- too paralyzed to mount a serious challenge.


The once faint belief that Botswana football is a fallen giant is now growing into unfathomable reality. The BTC premiership is now seen by many as a fading image of what was once a promising competitive league- a picture only vivid in the memories of the older generation. Could that be true, or Rollers are just moving from glory to glory in their own league?


Eight games, eight straight wins. This was last year’s scenario; a similar trend that appears set to repeat itself. In fact, this is a new statistic set by Rollers in the last 9 years. Police XI in the 2007/8 season, won 7 games and drew 1 in their 8 opening games. The ‘Jungle Kings’ as driven by Sthandwa Mogwadi  went all the way to reach podium finish.   In the 2009/10 season, when Centre Chiefs were untouchable, they matched Police XI’s record and were also crowned champions at the end of the season. 


This was a long standing barrier now broken by the Jagdish Shah Project, and by the look of things, no other team will come close to these statistics. This is not helped by the fact that Township Rollers enemies are struggling to maintain a card of dominance. Chiefs, well known blood rivals of Rollers have turned into a failed project and are now a team that many believe has failed miserably to finish what they started. In years gone by, the Kgatleng giants re-wrote Botswana football scripts, and unreservedly nurtured the abounded idea that football players have to be paid handsomely.


Between 2010 and 2014, they were utterly unstoppable; it was easy for them to rise to the top, but with time, it proved difficult to remain there. In this season, Magosi, as appealing as they used to be, are in a relegation quagmire with a paltry 7 points from 8 games.
Gaborone United too played to deceive. Over some fruitful years, they assembled a competitive squad that won two Mascom top 8 titles, but differences and squabbles at boardroom level would soon trigger the team‘s fall from the dizzy high ways.


This season alone, a lot is expected from the side that used to give Rollers a run for their money. GU, a traditional rival of Township Rollers tried to be robust in the transfer window, but players recruited are yet to play as a unit. Moyagoleele has lost a single game thus far, but are already 11 points behind the champions elect. On the other hand, Rollers continues to raise the bar every season and the chasing pack fail to improve. There is significant evidence that these clubs are on their way back to misery.


There might be a considerable quality, verve and excitement in the league – and more than a glimmer at the end of the tunnel brought by both Orapa United and Jwaneng Galaxy, but these are new clubs still suffering from long term season syndrome. Both have won the Mascom Top 8 tourney- playing only 5 games to lift the cup.


Knocking Rollers off their perch already proved to be a difficult task for other premier league campaigns. There is no semblance of hope that the teams will put a spirited fight to ensure that Rollers is not handed the cup on a silver platter.  This further fuels a view that the league is no longer competitive- where Rollers is playing against its former best.

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