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Rollers eye fresh glory

Publishing Date : 03 October, 2018


Defending premier league champions Township Rollers have written another bold statement of intent when they handed Police XI their first defeat of the season on Thursday night.

Nikalas Kavazovic’s Rollers further underlined their dominance, and judging by their play, the team is eyeing another title glory. Rollers found the net thrice with Police XI failing to reply. The match would ordinarily test Kavazovic’s resolve particularly that he has never won against the often difficult to beat-Mike Sithole of Police XI. 

The three goals from Rollers’ ever impressive side saw Kavazovic reverting to Rollers favourite tactics, initiating power play and catching the opponents on counter attack. It was worth restoring the tactics following hard long weeks of condemnation with new formation especially in the midfield.

Sithole’s team lost the plot almost instantly when they could not deal with the hard pressing midfield bossed by new acquisition Mothusi Cooper, Captain of the day; Maano Ditshupo and the ever impressive Segolame Boy. It was not surprising when Boy won a loose ball in the midfield and drifted wide with pace, bringing experienced Mogorosi into the space left behind to score his sixth goal of the season.

It was a contest that ticked all the boxes of a category A game especially that Rollers were once again called to demonstrate the tag of a power house. The Mma-Masire side played with cohesion and structure that eventually saw them leap-frog Orapa United and Sharps Shooting Stars to a third position, one point behind Jwaneng Galaxy and BDF XI. There is a widespread belief that Kavazovic ’s side will again  contest for the league without failure.

‘‘We played exceptionally well, I am happy with the result,’’ Rollers assistant coach Leutwetse Tshireletso said briefly after the game. He has to be happy. There was more at stake for Township Rollers than beating Police XI who have been enjoying the lime light, and to prolong Kavazovic ’s stay- the merits of which continue to feel dubious. How else could his team selection have been explained?

The starting eleven he sent out was stronger than that which he had named in the previous league encounters, when the club’s hopes had been on the line. Kavazovic went strong and he was rewarded, even if it has to be acknowledged that Police XI for the first time this season played dreadfully.  They have been beating anybody coming their way with Bonolo Fraizer becoming instrumental up front.  

How they chickened out against a team in their own class was always going to be difficult. Rollers could only beat what was in front of them and they did so with a comfort that was not entirely reflected in the score line. It was a game Rollers desperately wanted to win just to remind the football fraternity that indeed class is permanent.



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