HALF A DOZEN REASONS WHY CHIEFS MIGHT FEAR BDF XI
Chiefs will hope that six ain’t nothing but a number when they face the BDF XI firing squad in this Sunday’s Mascom Top Eight clash.
The clubs meet in the semi-final of the P1 million competition with the Mochudi side returning from a 6-0 drubbing against TP Mazembe, whilst BDF walloped Tafic by the same score last Saturday.
BDF’s leading scorer Mokgathi Mokgathi will be confident of adding to his tally of three goals in his last two games when Chiefs face the free-scoring soldiers at the UB stadium on Saturday.
While the army boys were having a field day against a traumatised Tafic, their weekend opponents were chasing shadows in Congo DRC in the CAF Champions League second leg encounter against TP Mazembe.
Chiefs were humbled 6-0 by the four times African Champions –cutting short the Kgatleng outfit’s Champions League dream.
BDF XI has always proved a hard nut to crackfor Chiefs and the club’s Public Relations Officer Clifford Mogomotsi was the first to admit it will be a tough battle.
“We know very well what to expect from them.
They have always given us problems but we know what we are capable of achieving,” he said.
The clubs have contrasting styles with BDF XI playing route one football, whilst Chiefs build from the back and play the possession game. “It’s always difficult to play against such a side,” said Mogomotsi.
The PRO said though they lost heavily in Lubumbashi the experience the team gained from the match could come in handy on Sunday.
“The competition level in Africa is a step higher and very good preparation for any domestic competition.
We are readyfor them,” he said.
However after his side had to bus over 2000km from DRC, and with a league game against Tafic scheduled for Thursday, he is aware that fatigue could be a major problem come Saturday.
He said that they had missed their flight due to the late arrival of their shuttle from the hotel to the airport, and had no option but to take the bus route home.
“It was not as bad as it sounds though.
Besides the fact it was such a long trip it helped to unify the team and the coach and some of the players managed to deal with their frustrations along the way.
The younger players enjoyed the drive and even look to have been energized by the trip,” Mogomotsi said.
Despite the heavy defeat his side is still confident of brushing aside local opposition in defence of their league title.
“Winning the Mascom Top 8 will just be the icing on the cake,” he added.
Meanwhile BDF X1 Public Relations Officer Peo Keatlholetswe also anticipates a difficult game. She said the premier league pacesetters would not want to lose two cup competitions in a row.
“In our last league game we drew 1-1.
I think it was probably due to the fact that we were still struggling with our winning formula, but we have since reinforced our striking department.
Chiefs are not a difficult side anymore, our combination play is good and a plus is that our players are all available for selection,” said Keatlholetswe.
The spokesperson could be forgiven for sounding over confident.
The strike force of Mokgathi Mokgathi, who took the field during the third quarter of the Tafic match to scorea brace in five minutes, Lemponye Tshireletso, Saukazi Zulu and Jones Kwape is good enough to instil fear into any opponent.
Mokgathi was on target again on Wednesday afternoon in the 2-0 win over Extension Gunners.
The PRO however said they had traditionally struggled against the Francistown side, but the weekend 6-0 drubbing of the Ghetto boys could be a good omen for their remaining fixtures.
Commenting on Magosi’s 6-0 loss against Mazembe she said: “It could work against us since Chiefs will be determined to show their supporters that they are still the best in the country.
On the other hand their confidence might be low and they could be ready for the taking.”
The first goal may be vital in a game that is sure to have appeal – even if it isn’t a six-goal thriller.
In the other semi-final game on Sunday GU take on Rollers in a derby day showdown at the UB stadium. Both games kick-off at 3pm.