BFA Technical Officer Philmon Makhwengwe has picked Gaborone United to be this season’s Be Mobile Premier League champions.
Speaking to Voice Sport on Wednesday evening Makhwengwe said although he expects defending champions Mochudi Centre Chiefs, BDF XI and Township Rollers to give GU a run for their money he expects “The Money Machine” to triumph come end of the season.
“It might be seem strange that I have chosen G.U. who have not made any big name signings like Chiefs and Rollers but as far as I am concerned they are the best prepared for the season.
They have had good preseason which is very important for any club that wants to win the league” he said.
“The fact that they have not signed any big names will take a lot of pressure off them as more focus will be on those teams that have brought in big name players” he added.
“Centre Chiefs and Township Rollers have new coaches and a lot of new players and this may affect their form as it will take time for the coaches to get the players to gel and play as a unit. Whilst BDF XI are also likely to take time to get their game right because they have a lot of new players” Makhwengwe went on.
On another matter Makhwengwe dismissed the idea that money may decide who is crowned Be Mobile champions this season.
“Money is an important part of the game but this time it will be the best prepared team not the best financed that wins the league. Actually I have realised that most of our players get complacent when they are well paid. You need more than money to motivate them and the team that gets that right will win the league. I think GU has that”.
He went on to say that the arrival of Serbian coach at Centre Chiefs might be seen by some as a motivating factor for the players but it might work against them because he knows next to nothing about local football.
As for teams in the north winning the league he said that will only happen when those that run teams do it not for the prestige and the peaks associated with being a team official.
“Most could be good administrators but they have to change their attitude. Only then will northern teams have the chance to attract the necessary money and players to win the league.” he said.
He further called on the local authorities in Francistown and Phikwe to lend a hand to the clubs who are ambassadors of their towns in local football.
“Councils could provide the stadiums and the business community the necessary money” he said.