The Mascom Top 8 final takes place at the National Stadium on Saturday. Gaborone’s soccer giants – Gaborone United and Township Rollers – come face to face in a tie that also sees their key stars jostling for the leading scorer of the series.
GU’s Benson Shilongo and Rollers' Segolame Boy are currently tied at four goals each. The two are talented strikers in their own right. Shilongo is always a marvel to watch and shows that he is the type that went through football academies to master the art. Though Boy did not go to professional school for the art of football, he has immense talent and without doubt stands as the most sensational and adored local talent at the moment. This has catapulted him into the national team in short space of time.
The Namibian native Shilongo said that he is looking forward to the Mascom Top 8 final and that he is very aware that a lot is at stake. He said that as a team they are all looking forward to the grand prize since they want to participate in Confederation of African Football (CAF) championships. "This is the right platform to deliver. There is a lot at stake and there are also the individual awards, so I will do my best" he said. He said that they talk a lot about the silverware as the team, and definitely want to grab this one and crush the dream of Rollers of having it. He said that playing Township Rollers makes it even more interesting and sees taking on Rollers at the National Stadium as playing at Wembley. He light-heartedly said he was looking forward to scoring his first hat-trick in Gaborone United colours in the game. Boy also is aware of how difficult the game will be, but aims to emerge the winner of the yellow boot. He said despite normal setbacks that every player always have, right now he feels rejuvenated as he is without any injuries.
He is ready to claim what is his. “I know he wants it as much as I do, so it will definitely be a fierce fight that we are going to put up,” he said. It will be just one of the things that will make the game even more interesting, he said, noting that he is also after other awards. He described his stay at Township Rollers this season as a blissful one. Both players share a lot in common since they are both new to their teams and have never won anything with the teams or any personal award with the teams.