With only three games remaining before the curtain falls on the 2013/14 season of the beMOBILE Premier League, it is up to the current log leaders Township Rollers to either drop or gain more points and avoid banking on other teams to do the job for them.
Rollers are looking to win back the Premier League title they lost to arch rivals Mochudi Centre Chiefs two seasons ago and only need nine points to achieve their dream.
Unlike BDF XI, Gaborone United and Centre Chiefs who have to win all their remaining games and hope Rollers lose some in the process, ‘Popa Popa’s eyes will be set firmly on bagging points to win the title and not worrying about how other teams play.
However in order for them to lift the title they will have to come through a couple of potentially tricky fixtures; against Tafic, Gunners and Miscellaneous.
Against Tafic who are teetering on the brink of the first division, Mapalastina can go for the kill but need to be wary of opponents fighting relegation. Matjimenyenga will want to return to Francistown with their mathematical chances of survival still alive when the two teams meet over the weekend.
Tafic will not be walkovers as they are very conscious of the fact that should they win all their remaining games they could end up in 13th place with 30 points, provided Miscellanous, Notwane and UF Santos drop points along the way.
A win for Rollers and losses for their immediate rivals would mean they have one hand on the cup, but a loss could really open things up at the top of the table.
Against Lobatse based Extension Gunners who have recently turned themselves into giant killers Rollers will have to dig deeper as they suffered a 1-0 loss in the league opener against Gunners.
‘Mapantsula’ as Gunners are affectionately called by their horde of fans are eyeing a top eight berth and will do everything in their powers to live that dream.
Gunners are currently in ninth place and have shocked both BDF XI and Chiefs with a 2-1 and 1-0 defeat respectively in their last two games.
The Blues’ last game of this season’s campaign will be against relegation threatened Miscellaneous Sporting Club who currently lie 14th, and will seek nothing more than three points for a win.
It will be a fierce battle for both teams as a win could decide whether Madinda Ndlovu clinches the title for the third season in a row or whether the Serowe based club survives the chop.
Rollers skipper Sekhana Koko told the Voice Sport that winning is now part and parcel of their culture, having only lost the first two games of the league. “We try and only drop points with draws.
We are still taking each game one step at a time.
I always encourage my team mates to focus on winning the next game and not the league, then leave the rest to the other title contenders to see what they do with their games,” he stated.
Koko added that they will be going into the next few games with a full-strength squad as they do not want to risk losing a second P1 million in the space of two months.
Rollers are the all time leaders in league honours having won it ten times in 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1995, 2005, 2010 and 2011.
They are now on a quest to put the league cup in their cabinet for the 11th time. Their last silverware was the inaugural Mascom Top 8 cup in 2012.