The P1 million dream continues
Just four days after Zebras piped Tunisia in the AFCON qualifier the be Mobile league continues with a mouthwatering fixture between rivals Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Gaborone United at the University of Botswana ground on Sunday at 1500 hours.
At the beginning of this season, both teams poached players from each other, something that could make the Sunday encounter more interesting.
Chiefs have former United defender, Itai Gwandu on their books while United have Steven Maposa. Mpho Mabogo and Gontse Tlhowe and United gaffer Mike Sithole were also formerly with Chiefs. In fact Sithole was brought by Chiefs to Botswana three years ago.
Reached for comment, Sithole said life has to go on in football. ”Chiefs will always have a special place in my heart. This is a big game, more like a derby because of the history of both clubs. I know the Chiefs players better because I coached more than half of them. I know their character, how they behave and play. They may have changed the pattern but it is not that different. I will meet my old friends but we will be rivals at least for the 90 minutes of the game.” Sithole said.
He also explained that as a team chasing the championship they can’t afford to drop any more points.
”My boys know what is at stake. We have to collect points this Sunday. My team has a pedigree, they are not just pushovers,” he said.
One of the key players who will be watched by all is none other than Itai Gwandu. The tall Zimbabwean defender has played for both Gaborone United, Township Rollers and now he is the key man at Chiefs.
”To tell you the truth when I left United it wasn’t on a good note, so I have a point to prove. Just playing against them is a motivation on its own. I prepare extra hard for this kind of games. I have now reached my full fitness and have even scored a goal despite my defensive duties.
I would love to beat United and prove them wrong; I have to show them that I can still do better as a player. I still have friends at United and I will be up against my countryman and friend in Sandaka,” Gwandu said.
Another player who has played for both Chiefs and United is Zambian defender, Given Mpundu who will also for the first time come against his former employers.
”I have nothing much to prove against Chiefs. I played for them for three seasons. I know them and it will be nice to play against them. I also don’t expect the players or the fans to be hostile to me; they understand that leaving their club was just part of football. I haven’t talked about the game with any of my friends there because I don’t want any distractions,” Mpundu said.
Mpho Mabogo who also played for Chiefs had this to say, ”I don’t have much of a problem with Chiefs; I respect them as a big team. It will be a bonus to score against my former team. I think the Chiefs fans still love me and they give me the necessary respect. The thing is people have to understand that this work and I am being paid by United to play for them.”