Tight at the top

Tshepo Kehimile
POWERING FORWARD: Galaxy push on against Eleven Angels

GU, Galaxy and Popa set the pace

Six games into the season and the Premier League is heating up nicely, with early pace setters: Gaborone United, Jwaneng Galaxy and Township Rollers bringing the fire.

Yet to taste defeat, the unbeaten trio are in sizzling form and look set for an explosive three-way title race.

Leading the way in defence of their crown, GU are the experts’ red hot favourites.

On the back of last season’s double, in which they added the Orange FA Cup to their BPL crown, Moyagoleele spent well in the transfer market, beefing up their already strong squad.

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The additions of national team star, Mothusi Cooper in midfield as well as Kenyan duo, John Mark Makwata and Duncan Otieno, in particular have fitted seamlessly into the starting eleven.

The Money Machine took their strong start to the season to a new high at the weekend, crushing Mogoditshane Fighters 5-0.

It means they have now kept five cleansheets in their opening six fixtures, the only breach coming against Rollers, when the Reds required a controversial injury time equalizer from a seemingly off-side Lebogang ‘CCTV’ Ditsele to salvage a draw.

Next up on their menu is a home meeting against newly promoted Nico United on Friday.

On the other side of the capital, Popa are gathering momentum.

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After falling six points short of their city rivals last time round, Rollers looked to lift the blues by bringing in a number of new faces in the off-season.

Along with the experience of the legendary Mogakolodi ‘Tsotso’ Ngele, the club recruited South African midfielder, Shaun Gqumeni as well as Namibian forwards Dennis Tjimauwe and Denver Meyer, to form a new look attack.

With Segolame Boy slowly rediscovering his form of old, Rollers once again look the business as they push for top flight glory, which they have not tasted since 2019.

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Fresh from a 3-0 thumping of Extension Gunners, in which an Ngele brace and a Boy strike saw off the Lobatse side, Mapalastina take on Masitaoka in Molepolole on Sunday.

The third part of the equation, Galaxy, are showing the kind of form they displayed when they won the league back in 2020.

Level on points with GU at the top of the table, Coach Morena Ramoreboli’s side have followed up a disappointing 2-2 draw against Holy Ghost on the opening day with five straight victories.

After seeing off Police XI at the weekend, the mining giant’s now turn their attention to a BDF XI outfit slowly finding their feet after a shaky start to the new campaign.

Between them, the three teams have dominated the BPL since 2016; that dominance looks set to continue!

Tight at the top

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