Fireworks are expected to fly at Francistown Stadium on April 23 as Township Rollers and Orapa United fight for Mascom Top 8 title and P1.2m instant pay-out. The two are also in an equal captivating race for the beMOBILE premier league championship. The teams will have to forget all about the league as this could disturb them psychologically. Come Saturday night it will be anybody’s game as both teams have shown their character and strength in the league. Though Rollers are log leaders in the league, there is no therefore in football, moreso that United are breathing heavily on their neck. Rollers’ spokesperson Bafana Pheto is adamant that his team will win the encounter and take the trophy and the money. He said they are technically sound to emerge victorious on the day. This will be the third final that Rollers played on, having lost on two occasions. Pheto said, “We want to redeem our pride this time around”.
It has been a few years now since Rollers brought home silverware and they are looking to end the drought. Pheto said they are in a mission to bring back days of happiness to the club. This is one of the things that may make Rollers dangerous on the day. According to Pheto, this season they want to win both the Mascom Top 8 and the league. However, some feel this may distract the players as they are focusing on two titles at the same time. Pheto nonetheless dismissed this, saying “this is what we have been preparing for from the start of the season. There is no how we will be distracted because we have been planning for this”. On the other hand, Orapa United have proven to be a very strong opponent. Humiliating the so called bigger teams has been their trademark. Having reached the finals they have proved they are a force to reckon with.
United will surely bring all the fire power they have to Rollers as they are looking to achieve their mandate. ‘The Ostriches’, as Orapa United are affectionally known to their supporters, had earmarked this year to win at least one trophy. So since the league title is a little out of their hand they will be looking to capitalise with Top 8 cup. Ndlovu’s team will be looking at the experience of the Patrick Lenyeletse to overcome Rollers. Lenyeletse has been instrumental in Ostriches’ wins this season scoring vital goals for the team. Orapa United are capable of doing damage to Rollers. They are technically sound as they have an experienced coach in Madinda Ndlovu who knows the opponents well. This Top 8 final meet will definitely be a technical fight beat Ndlovu and Rollers coach Mark Harrison. The two coaches have shown that they are top quality, as evidenced by their positions in the league. This is surely going to be a high paced game decided by the final whistle. Prior the game Rollers are expected to hold a motorcade starting from Borolong at 9am. The motorcade will go through all the other villages near Francistown before entering the city. Some of these villages include Chadibe and Sebina.