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League title: Rollers’ to lose   

SHARE   |   Monday, 15 May 2017   |   By Othusitse Tlhobogang
League title: Rollers’ to lose   

As the curtain falls on the 2016/17 BTC premiership, the league promises an exciting end as teams fight for the ultimate price. While others fight for honours, others are battling it out at the bottom of the log to avoid the hovering relegation axe. Most people foresee a photo finish at the top of the table with the championship going down to the wire to determine the winner. As it stands now the battle for the BTC Premiership championship seems to be a two-horse race between Jwaneng Galaxy and Township Rollers. As at Friday only a point separated the two sides with Galaxy at the top of the table with 57 points against Rollers’ 56. However, Rollers had a game in hand, which put them in a better position to win the league if they win all their remaining games.   

Galaxy vs Rollers: decider  

Analysts have nonetheless looked ahead and given different opinions on who is to win the league. Even though they do not agree with how it might go down they both concur Rollers have a better chance to clinch it. One analyst Jimmy George has placed the trophy on the hands of Rollers to lose it. George said Galaxy had the league to win until their draw with Black Forest. “That draw dealt their ambitions to win a blow. Should they have won that game they would have put the league out of reach for Rollers,” said George. He said now the league is for Rollers to win and, according to him, he does not see them losing it. George pointed out that the team has failed to win the Mascom Top 8 cup and it will be looking to bag silverware this season. “They have the drive, motivation, experience and the players to win this,” he said. According to George, even though he does not take anything away from Galaxy, he does not see them getting the league. His explanation is that The Mascom Top 8 takes a toll on a team and it might have affected Galaxy. “I am not saying Galaxy will not win because they cannot do it but I am saying this is because after winning the Top 8 Cup the drive on players went down. Already they have got a cup in the cabinet so this might let the drive down a little compared to Rollers that are highly driven,” he said. Despite, this everything is possible in football that is why Mmoni Segopolo is of a view that the title race is still wide open for any of the two to win. Segopolo said the game in hand that Rollers have is not points already and anything can happen looking at the teams that they have to play. He said it is not going to be easy for Rollers to win the title but if the team could win the coming two games then they can have a shot at the title. According to Segopolo, the league can go all the way to the wire to be decided by the last game which will be between Rollers and Galaxy. “This game might be the league decider and whoever wins it will be crowned the champions,” he said. Nonetheless just like George gave Rollers the better chances of being crowned champions.


Relegation fight 

As for the teams that will be relegated the two analysts also agree that it is going to be difficult for the teams at the bottom at the moment to survive. The two are of a view that the teams failed to do well in the past 27 games and now they doubt if they can do well now. George predicted an all north region team departure from the league. According to him, all the three bottom teams being Mahalapye United Hotspurs, Nico United and Green Lovers will go down. “Form is not on the side of these three teams and it will not be easy for them to win all their remaining games to fight for survival so according to me the current bottom three teams are going,” he said. On the Segopolo also sees a high possibility of the three teams from the north region being axed. George attributed this relegation of north region teams to financial problems. “The teams get relegated not because they do not have the players but because of lack of funds. Lovers did well in the first season because they had some money but now since the coffers got low problems aroused.”