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Orapa United: a dark horse in the league race

Publishing Date : 23 February, 2015

Author : MOSIMANEGAPE TSHOSWANE


From its recent defeat of BDF XI and previously humiliating Mochudi Centre Chiefs  last round, it is quite clear Orapa United can no longer be ignored.


It is no wonder the Ostritches are the talk of town, their being third in the Premier League now means they are the new frontrunners in a race that has now started to resemble a crawl.


"Orapa United are favourites now," admitted BDF XI coach after a loss. "We thought we could capitalise on our game but it didn't work out and we were devastated in the end. What we have to do now is make sure that we use the loss as a springboard. We have a semi final coming up and we have to win it," he said.


BDF XI – whose coach is looking for a winning formula need 24 points to seize the top 4 berth. However, the Ostriches are playing with confidence after four successive wins, but back-to-back fixtures against Motlakase, Satmos and Gaborone United next month threaten to derail their progress. "We've got some big games coming up so it could be a defining month," Ostriches coach, Maxwell Moyo said.


But Orapa United is undoubtedly on a great run having won and drawn a few games, and with Rollers having lost once to them, any other slip up could mean Orapa United ascend to the second place on the board.


While Rollers had hoped successive victories were imminent from the matches against BDF XI, Chiefs and Notwane, luck turned on them resulting in more frustrations for the champions. A lack of attacking options has compounded things for the team, in the absence of injured Jerome Loius, coach Madinda Ndlovu was forced to introduce new players to gel with the club philosophy.


The contrast with Orapa United is stark. Against BDF XI, Moyo  brought in Patrick Lenyeletse, Hendrick Moyo and Patrick Motsepe to turn the game in Orapa s' favour. That strength in depth not only allowed Moyo to freshen things up but also let him rotate his players when the team's lengthy injury-list eases.


Whether GU who have been a model of inconsistency this season and are yet to face Orapa, will stay in the mix remains to be seen. For now all eyes are on Orapa United, this after Wednesday night when two of the top-four contenders flattered to deceive.


The team which comprises of several other teams within Boteti locality is just two points away from the defending champions. They have conceded 19 goals and found the net 25 times, an impressive record compared to their maiden appearance in the league last year. Late last year at this stage, the team was battling relegation with only 20 points from 20 games. They had only won 6 and lost 12 games and drawing on the other two.

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