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Rollers make history

Rollers 2 (3) (Onalethata Tshekiso 19, Mweuku Musonda 40, 50)
Nico United 1 (1) (Tendai Ndoro 2)
By Staff Writer Sun 18 Nov 2018, 23:37 pm (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Rollers make history








Township Rollers became the first club to successfully defend the be MOBILE Premier League title with a 3-1 win over Nico United at the Molepolole Sports Complex on Saturday afternoon. Rollers only needed a point from the match to retain the title and pocket another P1 million after their closest challengers, Mochudi Centre Chiefs drew on Friday. Rollers have amassed an unassailable 72 points from 28 games, dropping only 14 points throughout the campaign. Mapalastina used the Nico match to unveil a new partner in South African banking giants, Absa, even though no details were revealed about the sponsorship. The Rollers' celebrations were nearly spoiled as they fell to a second minute goal from Tendai Ndoro. The Nico leading marksman pounced on a rebound after reigning be MOBILE player of the season, Kabelo Dambe, failed to handle the ball. Rollers' first chance of the match fell to Mweuku Musonda in the 11th minute but he was denied by goalkeeper Kaelo Joseph. Rollers became impatient to level the score and put pressure on the Majombolo defence besides trying long-range efforts.

Onalethata Tshekiso's powerful effort from outside the box in the 14th minute went inches wide. The burly striker finally got the equaliser for the champions in the 19th minute with another thunderbolt from outside the box. Play remained

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even for the better part of the first half with the Selebi-Phikwe side putting up a strong fight to try and delay Rollers' crowning moment. Rollers escaped narrowly in the 28th minute when Kgomari Mothuba threw his body on the line to block Bernard Simakwenzi's close effort. Dambe had unnecessarily left his line while Monametsi Kelebale was taking a long free kick, only to miss the ball. Musonda put Rollers in the lead five minutes before the break after narrowly escaping the offside trap and rattling the back of the net with a cracker inside the box. Five minutes after the re-start, the striker made it 3-1 via a header from a corner. The Zambian did not finish the match after sustaining an injury in the 83rd minute. With a comfortable 3-1 lead, Popa knocked the ball around and spiced the victory with some showboating. Rollers' fans burst into wild celebrations when referee Lekgotla Johannes blew the whistle to end the match.

The line-ups:
Rollers:
Dambe, Tshepiso Kgosiemang, Mothuba, Simisani Mathumo, Amos Godirwang, Lawrence Majawa, Powell Abednico, Musonda (Phenyo Molefe 83), Thando Moreki (Botshelo Lorato 73), Thapelo Balepi (Sekhana Koko 65), Tshekiso

Nico: Joseph, Kitso Kowa, Kelebale, Moagedi Tsametse, Thulani Moyo, Richard Legwaila, Oaitse Leeme, Ndoro, Khumoetsile Kufigwa, Topo Piet, Simakwenzi (Odumetse Rakoma 73)

Ref: Lekgotla Johannes

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