Galaxy, GU bring 2018/19 Mascom Top 8 to a resounding end
Multitudes of supporters are expected to fill the Francistown Sports complex this coming weekend as the most eagerly-anticipated clash of the Mascom Top 8 finale takes place.
Gaborone United and Jwaneng Galaxy will square up in the final in what will be closing chapter of the 2018/19 Mascom Top 8 season. With whopping P1.3 million prize money at stake, the two teams are expected to bring out their best performances.
Gaborone United will be seeking their third title of the tournament having won it in 2013 and 2015. For the past three years the tournament has eluded GU as in most occasions they were knocked out in the semifinals of the tournament.
However, this season lady luck smiled on them as they managed to reach the finals for the first time in three years after an uphill task of disposing off Township Rollers in the semis. Prior to the semis they had an easy task of knocking out minnows Miscellaneous during the last eight stage of the competition.
Galaxy are in search for a second Mascom Top 8 title in two years following their famous victory over mining counterparts Orapa United in Francistown in 2017 where they defeated the latter 4-3. Throughout the tournament Galaxy posted very good performances and are proud holders of the best defensive in this year’s tournament, having conceded only one goal in four games prior to the final. The Jwaneng side brushed aside Sharps Shooting Stars 2-0 on aggregate before condemning BDF XI to a 3-1 aggregate defeat at the semifinals.
Galaxy are currently in a fine form and are also chasing Township Rollers for the domestic league honours.
Nonetheless Moyagoleele, as GU are popularly known, boost of the likes of Dirang Moloi, Obonwe Maome and Thatayone Kgamanyane who can rise to the occasion on a good day and cause trouble for Galaxy. The Jwaneng side will look to Tebogo Sembowa, Lebogang Ditsile and Gilbert to lead an onslaught on GU. The battle will however be won or lost from the technical benches manned by Philemon Makhwengwe of GU and Galaxy’s Miguel da Costa.
Football analyst Thato Kgosimore believes that Galaxy will emerge champions of the tournament even though it won’t be an easy game for any of the two teams. “On paper Galaxy are good and pound for pound. They are free scoring and have a good defensive record as compared to their opponents. On the other hand GU’s downfall is that they are a one man team. They depend too much on Dirang Moloi who makes the team play,” said Kgosimore.
When quizzed about players who are likely to be very influential on the game, Kgosimore cited Moloi as a player who can rise to the occasion for GU.
“Dirang is always there for GU as you know his skills .But together with Rentse Keakabetse and Gaopatwe Seosenyeng, they can work wonders for the club since they add the needed value in the midfield. Looking at Galaxy they have a strong defense and they work as a unit,” he said.
Makhwengwe last won silverware with GU in 2012 during the last edition of the Coca Cola Cup however the Reds have since played two Mascom Top 8 finals which they have won all. Makhwengwe has a mammoth task to maintain the good record. On the other hand, Galaxy have one title to their name which means da Costa will be hunting for a first title since he arrived in Botswana .The game means a lot to both coaches. Will it be Dinaletsana or Moyagoleele?