BTC crowd pullers Extension Gunners suffered yet another big blow by failing to secure a Top 8 finish for the second consecutive year despite having had a promising start to the season.
The Lobatse-based outfit coached by former Zebras star Pontsho Moloi lost their final game 0-2 to Sankoyo Bush Bucks – that were nevertheless relegated to the lower division.
Gunners youthful team finished in position 10 this season with 36 points managing to register only nine wins during the entire campaign, nine draws and 12 defeats.
Football analysts and supporters say many obstacles stood in Gunners’ way.
Football analyst Jimmy George acknowledged that the team did well under Moloi’s tutelage despite missing the Top 8 finish.
George said credit should be given to Moloi for instilling confidence in the young players, saying he is optimistic that they can do much better in the next season if given chance.
“It is hurting of course for a big team like Gunners to miss Top 8 for two seasons in a row but this is because of the circumstances that the team finds itself under most of the times. The club is financially struggling hence this heat hard on the team’s performance to the best,” asserted George.
On the other hand, the team supporters bemoan the loss of some star players such as Mmoloki Cooper and Kenanao Kgetholetsile to Township Rollers and Security Systems respectively who were not replaced well.
One supporter Kagiso Motlhankanyane said the team failed to acquire the replacements for both Kgetholetsile and Cooper who were formidable in the Gunners attack.
Motlhankanyane, however, said the team should consider looking for more quality experienced players ahead of the next season to guide the promising pool of youngsters that the team has at its disposal.
Another die hard Gunners faithful Mooketsi Kokole took positives from the previous season going forward though he would have loved the team to be in Mascom Top 8 football action next season.
“When I consider the season as a whole it is not fair to dispute the good job that Pontsho Moloi has done as interim coach in bringing the team together in such short space of time. The team just needs to be reinforced in some points come next season and the management should give Piro a chance to continue coaching the team,” he said.
Efforts to reach Gunners chairman Tariq Babitseng were futile as his mobile phone was unreachable at the time of going to print.