The race for the P1 million Mascom Top 8 title intensifies next weekend with final leg of semi-finals being played.
Township Rollers will host BDF XI at the National Stadium on March 13 in an encounter that has all the attributes of being a thriller. Township Rollers come into this game with an upper hand over BDF XI, having scored two crucial away goals in their 2-1 win in the first leg at SSKB stadium.
Nico United will play Gaborone United (GU) on March 15 in Selebi-Phikwe, keen on using home ground advantage to overturn the 1-2 loss they suffered in the first leg. A 1-0 win for Nico United will be sufficient to see them through.
GU captain Alphonso Modisaotsile dismissed Nico United’s away goal, saying it posed no threat to them. He said that with the games that they have had in between the first leg and the second leg, they have prepared enough to take on Nico United. He said that one of their key players Edwin Olerile, who has not been well, will be back and so would be Mandla Mgadla who is nursing a light injury. He said that he foresees Nico United trying to score an early goal. “We have never lost against Nico United I think in about four years, so why would we let them beat us now,” he said.
He said though it won’t be an easy game, they will not let them beat them. Modisaotsile said that the fact that they did not win anything last season is propelling them to make sure that they take the Mascom cup the same way they did in 2013. For his part Nico United captain Richard Legwaila, said that they are looking forward to game and everyone is motivated at the team because it is the first time for them to reach the semi-finals of this cup. “We have always been kicked out in the first round, so having gone this far is enough motivation for us to make sure that we reach the finals,” he said. He added that they want to prove themselves to their fans that they can do it by humiliating GU, as they did with Mochudi Centre Chiefs in the first round.