While the journey to the final has been only four games apiece for the two rivals, the major draw card, when the two sides march onto the UB stadium turf on Saturday, will be the historic battle.
Rollers will be chasing their fifth Coke Cup and their second best achievement this season following a successful end to the premier league. Chiefs will on the other hand be looking at winning their second coke victory since their formation and the cup inception in 1992.
The path thus far has not been easy.
Rollers started their journey to the mining town of Selibe Phikwe for a date against what used to be their hoodoo side FC Satmos and they sauntered through to the next stage with a 5-1 victory. Terrence Mandaza netted three times in this game and goal minder Kabelo Dambe conceded only once. Chiefs on the other hand had a tricky date with Queens Happy Hearts and eliminated them with three goals to nil.
Both teams went to the second stage facing trickier encounters with Rollers taking a long journey to Serowe for yet another date against Miscellaneous. Popa sailed through with a narrow 2-1 victory with Dambe conceding his second goal of the tournament.
Chiefs on the other side had a tricky encounter against Southern first division league strong contenders, Letlapeng. They proved too strong for the minnows as they put fi ve past them with their goal minder, Barolong Lemmenyane conceding his fi rst goal of the tournament and he was later to be replaced by Mompoloki Sephekolo in the next two games. With both teams having gone past the second hurdle, it was all the way to their third games and Rollers tossed their hoodoo side and defending champions Uniao Flamengo Santos. The uncompromising Rollers proved too good for Santos as they thrashed them two nil to book a semi-fi nal place. Mandaza converted both goals for Rollers and showed his mantle in fighting for the top goal scorer award, which he is now in close contention.
Chiefs on the other hand travelled to Selibe-Phikwe for a date with Tafi c Sporting Club in a game that was stopped with fi ve minutes to go after the referee deemed it not conducive to be played because the assistant referee was under threat.
Chiefs were leading 2-1 when the game was stopped and were to be declared winners by the Organising Committee as per the rules of the tournament.
Rollers then met yet another side that gives them torrid times, in Mogoditshane Fighters. Fighters had knocked them in the 2008/2009 Coke Cup quarterfi nals and the tie was defi nitely set to be spectacular.
That, however, proved otherwise as Rollers dismantled them by a massive fi ve goals to nil to book a final place. Mandaza increased his goal tally to seven and thus being the tournament joint top goal scorer with Gaborone United’s Wellington Maposa. United were knocked out of the prestigious tourney by Fighters and Maposa will have to watch from the sidelines in the fi nal to see if he will be a joint winner.
Chiefs also showed their intention of fighting for their second final ever as they walloped Extension Gunners 4-0 and setting what is expected to be the game of the season.
With this crucial encounter coming, a lot will be at stake. The fight for the golden boot award, player of the tournament and even the man of the match will be decided on the day.
Players to watch from the Rollers camp include the skillful pint sized Edwin Moalosi, skipper Joel Mogorosi, defender Itai Gwandu, Mandaza as well as goal minder Dambe. All these players have somehow single handedly produced certain moments of brilliance that won games for Rollers.
On the Chiefs kraal it will be the ever-shinning Sekhana Koko, Dirang Moloi, free scoring Musonda Mweuku and Jabu Pilane who all on a good day can be a thorn on the opposition. The game starts at 1500 hours and entrance will be P50 all round.