The Botswana Premier League (BPL) officially goes into the festive break today after an average of 10 rounds of matches played. City rivals, Township Rollers and Gaborone United (GU) have already proven that they are going to battle each other for this season’s league title.
Several individual players have also raised their hand earlier in the season as contenders for the player of the season award. However, GU striker Thatayaone Kgamanyane is already two steps ahead of them. The exciting left-footed player has been instrumental in GU’s resurgence this season both in the Orange FA Cup and the league. His exploits in the quarterfinals, semifinals and most importantly in the final helped GU clinch their record seventh FA Cup. He also received the most valuable player award in the knockout competition.
By yesterday before their much-anticipated match against Rollers, Kgamanyane was already on 10 goals in the league and is currently the leading goalscorer. In the last match for his side before yesterday’s clash against Rollers, Kgamanyane scored a hattrick against hapless Prisons XI. Besides banging goals, Kgamanyane has also been involved in almost all the other goals scored by his teammates. The former Black Forest striker showed early signs of what to expect from him this season during the COSAFA Cup with the Zebras before the government officially eased restrictions on football competitions. He caught the eye of several South African Premiership sides but the move did not materialise until he returned to GU ahead of the start of the season.
His combination with another Zebras attacker, Mpho Kgaswane as well as Keakaetswe Moloi upfront is set to give defenders a torrid time this season.
Other players that have already proven their worth this season are Sua Flamingoes attackers, Mcebisi Moyo and Tendai Nyumasi, Rollers' new striker, Marc Dion as well as Orapa United’s Elias Mbatshi and Obonwe Maome (GU).