16 September 2018

Botswana: Gaborone United Erase Negative Two Points

Molepolole — Gaborone United's solitary goal against Mochudi Centre Chiefs on September 15 has seen them erasing the negative two points they had following a fine by FIFA.

The team is currently at the bottom of the BTC Premiership after it was docked three points for failing to pay its former player, Bismarck Appiah and its victory over Magosi means the team now has a single point from four games.

Prior to the victory, Gaborone United had not won a league game. On the other hand, Mochudi Centre Chiefs' last season problems seem to be alive as the Kgatleng sleeping giants are also yet to register a victory.

They only have two points from two draws and have lost an equal number of games.

As for Moyagoleele, as GU is affectionately called, the boardroom squabbles which had engulfed the team for a long time seem to be over as the committee of elders has been running the team for some months.

The team has settled its debt against Appiah, hence avoiding further sanctions from FIFA, and there are reports that Gaborone United will rope in its former investor, Nicholas Zakhem.

Judging from the Saturday game, the glory days seem to be back at GU while at Magosi, a team that used to challenge for honours, darkness still prevails.

Gaborone United are not out of the woods yet, as it was through dramatic saves from goalkeeper Goitseone Phoko that they managed to get the maximum points.

While on paper the Old Naledi team has won, in the field of play there is still room for improvement.

Dribbling sensation, Dirang Moloi was in his element but lack the of a good striker saw his efforts not bearing fruit.

As for Centre Chiefs, the financial woos facing the team has seen them lose a number of quality players, although they have roped in Edwin Olerile and Elvis Meleka to provide experience.

The team is yet to register a clean sheet, and while this can be blamed solely on the defenders and the goalkeeper, on September 15 its midfield was easily infiltrated.

Mochudi Centre Chiefs were for most of the game chasing the shadows of their opponents, losing balls in the midfield where GU orchestrated its attacks.

The Kgatleng side, which is a shadow of the team that used to challenge for honours, this season signed a number of inexperienced players due to financial constraints.

The team is also embroiled in a legal controversy over ownership and this is said to be discouraging potential sponsors.

<i>Source : BOPA</i>

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