A thrilling Saturday afternoon lies in wait for football fans as city rivals Township Rollers and Gaborone United meet in what should be an exciting Gaborone derby billed for the National Stadium.
The Blues and the Reds return to the venue of so many memorable derby contests over the years; the hallowed turf administrators like Noel Liau (Rollers) and Wellie Seboni (GU) used to walk across with their walking sticks prior to kickoff, and Blues legend, goalkeeper coach Thabo Motang anticipates another tight fixture.
“I have been involved in derbies as a player, and there was also a time when (former Rollers head coach) Wesley Mondo was away and I coached the team; we defeated GU 2-0 then. I know that this is a high pressure game, but thankfully most of the players understand the pressure, the intensity that comes with playing such games for Rollers. We must remember that the last time we played GU we lost that BTC Charity Cup final to them on penalties. That should remind us that they put in effort when they play us; we are not going to read much into their current form, we know the derby is a different ball game and we must also work harder. I must say I am happy with our preparations over the past week,” Motang told rollersfc.com.
Rollers have Tumisang “Teenage” Orebonye, Thatayaone “TT” Ditlhokwe and Jackson “Jackie” Lesole who have recently made the move from the red to the blue half of town, and they will relish the prospect of facing their former side.
“The players’ fitness level is good. We have been getting the results which is very important for us. This season we have been conceding less, mostly because there has been better consistency in the players picked for the defensive areas. Going forward we have not been scoring much in recent games. But what matters the most is the result; although we want to be scoring more I could take another 2-0 or 1-0 result if that gets us the three points,” Motang said.
Rollers last scored more than a single goal in a match last October 3, in a 2-0 win over Prisons XI in Molepolole. Thereafter the Blues have scored just one goal in their past four matches, 1-0 victories over Extension Gunners, Security Systems and BR Highlanders, as well as a 1-1 draw with Mochudi Centre Chiefs.
Since taking charge at the Reds, GU head coach Phil Makhwengwe managed to defeat his former employers Prisons XI 3-0 before GU succumbed to a 1-0 loss to Security Systems over the past weekend. GU enter the weekend at position 14 on the log with six points after two wins, three draws and four losses, with three points docked after the Bismarck Appiah case.
Rollers are top of the log with 26 points after eight wins and two draws and the Blues will look to further assert their position at the summit.
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