'Too Longer' dares GU to dream

Man-of-the-moment: Dazzling Maome: PIC: NEWS18.COM
Man-of-the-moment: Dazzling Maome: PIC: NEWS18.COM

In Portugal, January 26 will go down in history as the birthday of one of the most successful football coaches ever produced, Jose Mourinho. On the same day, 28 years ago about 4,749 miles apart, a boy who would later be nicknamed ‘Too Longer’ by his fans, was born in Botswana.

At the time of his birth, Obonwe Maome’s current club, Gaborone United (GU) had last won the league title four years before. They would then go into an 18-year drought before the famous Wellington Maposa’s strike against Mochudi Centre Chiefs handed GU the title in 2009. Since then, the Money Machine have been able to lay their hands on almost every knockout competition, save for the league title. And 13 years later, they can dream again, thanks to the club director, Nicholas Zakhem’s decisiveness to retain his most valuable players. Among the players who were retained was Maome and the diminutive midfielder is currently enjoying the best form of his life. His creative ability and mobility behind the strikers seem to be the critical ingredient behind the task to deliver the title to The Reds.

The side is perched at the top of the log standings with an eight-point gap between them and second-placed Township Rollers. From 15 matches, Maome has scored three goals and provided at least 10 assists and has arguably been the best player in the league thus far. With all the rave reviews coming his way from all corners of the football fraternity, the Molepolole native is thinking about the club’s success before any individual glory. He has already helped GU win the Orange FA Cup this season and is aiming for every competition on the way.

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