Bright, Kgengwenyane demonstrate tactical prowess

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Township Rollers and Mochudi Centre Chiefs supporters are still reeling in shock after what hit their teams in the first legs of the Mascom Top 8 over the weekend. BDF XI and Gaborone United (GU) supporters on the other hand are eagerly looking forward to the final, thanks to their sides' captivating performances.

Rollers and Chiefs both lost 4-1 against GU and BDF XI respectively in the last four stage of the knockout competition. Two local coaches, David Bright and Letang Kgengwenyane were at the helm of the two sides who both scored four goals against their opponents. Over the last couple of seasons, Rollers have dominated GU including in the same knockout competition last season.

The arrival of Major Bright was welcomed by a large section of GU supporters. Bright has been credited for GU's famous victory over South African giants, Orlando Pirates in the CAF Champions League a few years ago. And since his arrival this season, Rollers are yet to beat GU. They have played three times with GU winning two encounters. The other match ended in a draw. On Saturday, GU missed their most consistent player this season, Alphonse Modisaotsile in their line-up. Bright opted for Tebogo Sosome to play alongside Jackie Mothatego in midfield. Rollers on the other hand kept Ntesang Simanyana and Sekhana Koko on the bench and played with two strikers upfront. Although Rollers grabbed an early goal, GU proved to have done their homework when they regrouped immediately and started pressing Rollers. The usually mobile and creative Rollers' midfield found themselves with little room to manoeuvre with GU midfielders particularly Sosome closing all potential openings for Rollers. With two central midfielders closing up every little space against Rollers' midfield machine of Lawrence Majawa and Maano Ditshupo, Moemedi Moatlhaping and Kgololo Leteane attacked Rollers' two fullbacks at high speed.

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