- GU head for Coke glory in bid to stop Chiefs double
It started with 64 teams from all corners of the country, on dusty grounds in teams of unfamiliar faces as the journey to Coke Cup glory began.
On Sunday the stars from the two remaining clubs, Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Gaborone United will battle against each other at the University of Botswana grounds to claim the last edition of the popular Coke Cup.
GU will be out to ensure that the spoils from this seasons league and cup campaigns are evenly divided as they seek to deny Chiefs a coveted double. The Mochudi side on the other hand will be looking to add more silverware to their trophy cabinet and cash to their bank balance.
It started with 64 teams from all corners of the country, on dusty grounds in teams of unfamiliar faces as the journey to Coke Cup glory began. On Sunday the stars from the two remaining clubs, Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Gaborone United will battle against each other at the University of Botswana grounds to claim the last edition of the popular Coke Cup.
Chiefs have already won the league and they will be looking to add more silverware to their trophy cabinet and cash to their bank balance. United on the other hand only have this cup to salvage glory.
Whenever these two sides meet there is always an extra ingredient to the clash to get the sparks flying and the tongues wagging.
The three Moloi brothers will come up against one another for the first time in this campaign. Both Pontsho and Dirang will be on the Chiefs side while their younger brother Pako will be on the reds’ side. In the last league decider there were still three brothers involved in the GU/Chiefs clash – the Maposa brothers Stephen and Wellington were on the United side while Noah played for Chiefs.
United gaffer Philemon Makhwengwe will be doing his last duty for United before going back to his work at the football headquarters. He will without doubt want to leave a legacy at ‘Moyagoleele’.
This time around Dirang and Pontsho believe that victory on their side will be just vthe remedy for their mother’s heart ailment. “Our mum has a heart problem but obviously she will be on our side, you can even ask her,” Dirang told Voice Sport in an interview as they prepared to visit their mother.
Handing over the phone to her, the mother of the footballers emphasised the need for the two older boys to win. “I think I will go for both the Chiefs boys to win. They are the elderly ones and I have no choice but to hope they win. This will mean a bonus for two at home. I also told Pako this and he cried but he knows it is not in any bad spirit,” the mother of three said.
On paper Chiefs are favourites to lift the Cup at the final whistle, but their coach Madinda Ndlovu knows that real games are played on a different surface. “It is a tough call because this is a cup game. This time around we have injuries and players are fatigued. A lot has changed. GU is a very good team as well. They can beat any team on the day but we will give them a torrid time,” he promised.
The Zimbabwean tactician said he was not under pressure to deliver. There have been strong rumours that Chiefs Chairman Ernest Molome will not take anything less than a league and cup double as a measure of success in a high spending season. Madinda however played down the talk. “We failed to win the treble so we definitely have to go for the double. I have no particular instruction but this being the last edition of the Coke Cup we would love to keep it. I also want to do it personally not because the chairman wants it at all costs.
“We have injury worries in Keaketswe Moloi and Elvis Maleka so I still have to assess the situation. I will just do my job,” the confident Ndlovu told Voice Sport. For his part BFA’s Technical Officer, Philemon Makhwengwe currently at the helm of United said he was happy just to be in the final and would worry about winning it on the day.
“It is an emotional game for me and the United family. One thing for sure is that the Reds will compete in the African campaign next season despite the outcome of the game. We will field a strong and competitive team that will take the game to Chiefs.
“Of course we respect Chiefs, but we don’t fear or worship them. I only have the two causalities from the BDF X1 game, Kgololo Leteane and Shoes Selefa. Otherwise all the players are available,” Makhwengwe told Voice Sport.
Kick off of the televised game is at 1500hrs.