A city divided!

The divide: The red and blue side of Gaborone PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
The divide: The red and blue side of Gaborone PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

For one and a half hours, Gaborone will come to a standstill as traditional giants, Gaborone United (GU) and Township Rollers clash in a Botswana Premier League (BPL) tie scheduled for the National Stadium tomorrow.

It is the 26th edition of the Gaborone Derby since 2010 and it is the blue of Rollers that has dominated the contest with 10 wins compared to the Reds' six while the tie has ended in a draw on nine occasions. Rollers have eyes set on the league championship as they trail leaders, Jwaneng Galaxy, by five points with nine games to play. The battle extends to the boardroom as the two have faced contrasting fortunes. GU issues appear seamless in the boardroom but the same cannot be said for Rollers with the club reportedly battling financial issues. Media reports suggest that club president and investor, Jimmy Haskins Kereng's involvement at the club is under review while there are reports of late salary payments. The team's head coach, Innocent Morapedi, refuted the reports as he said he does not have the evidence to confirm. He further said the reports would not destabilise the camp ahead of the vital weekend tie.

The Blues are aware that a league double over their cross-town rivals would be a sweet moment to savour. Rollers beat GU 2-1 in the first-round tie in December. Morapedi said in a press conference on Wednesday that his side will aim to move closer to Jwaneng Galaxy and also gift their fans with the bragging rights. "It is not unusual to see us together, the GU coach and me, for we have been together for a long time. As for the game, it is better if you are invited to come and see it because, in a game of football, you can never predict anything. But as per the preparations, we are ready. That is why I am confidently saying come on Saturday and be a witness," he said. "There is also a general misconception that Rollers are playing for bragging rights. No, we are playing for three points and the bragging rights are for the supporters," Morapedi added.

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