BPL 40 games played, 200 more to come

The cream is slowly rising to the top. The Botswana Premier League games are coming thick and fast, and nobody is willing to miss the action moving every weekend.

To the very far end, a total of 40 games have been played- and the season is slowly taking shape from the top to  bottom. Nobody, of course, never saw it coming, after a round of 5 games, Orapa United, one premier league outfit powered by Debswana remains the only club to be defeated. Under the tutelage of Zimbabwean mentor Taurai Mangwiro, the Boteti based outfit can never be taken for granted. They have a master tactician who becomes the first coach to end the fairytale story of Matebele FC who have beating everyone except this Orapa side.

The Ostriches look to be in a good mood and are ready to welcome Township Rollers, a side that usually give them a serious headache. United have accumulated 11 points so far, just 1 shy from log leaders, Jwaneng Galaxy. Rollers travel to Orapa this weekend and  have gathered only one point from  the last two games. Not everyone believed when the midweek scoreline read 0-0 against rookies VTM. Given the amount of courage at Rollers coupled with an overwhelming ambition to win the league this season, Rollers have surely squandered a chance to impress.

For all the often justified talk of how clever their technical team is, arrogance, ignorance or a combination of both meant that Innocent Morapedi and his crew chose to ignore the energetic, direct manner in which Jwaneng Galaxy, last weekend, romped to the most unlikely win of all time and his team was duly frustrated by an exhibition of counter-attacking excellence in which the ever impressive Daniel Msendami  showed his excellent form when scoring for the champions in the most emphatic style.

This is the Galaxy side that has suddenly held firm to the top spot after encountering a slip against Matebele FC.  But lo and behold, they are the first team to score more than 5 goals this season. The defending champions are oozing with confidence as they welcome Police XI on their own backyard. The Jungle Kings will feel hard done after losing to Holy Ghost with goal they feel should have not stood.

The arguments, enjoyment and thrills are part of this beautiful game. Nobody is noticing it, but Gaborone United are beating opponents low-lying. They are a side one cannot take for granted especially when their marksman Thatayaone Kgamanyane is his best self. He is currently leading the goal scoring chart with 5 goals from 5 games. A fixture against Matebele on Sunday is usually an easy one for The Reds, but coach Pontsho Moloi knows all too well that complacency is never in the menu of champions.

Once again, the broadcast partners of the league, Btv and Vison View will telecast some of the weekend matches. The OTT broadcast partner will take two matches, one at VTM area where the home side welcome Eleven Angels on Saturday while the following day, a game between GU and Matebele will be produced at the National Stadium. The cameras of Btv will be set at Lobatse where the unpredictable BDF XI lay in wait for a clash against Masitaoka.

In other stadium, Sua Flamingoes welcome Nico United who are yet to find their mojo while TAFIC FC will lock horns with Security Systems at Obed Itani Chilume Sports Complex. Its games galore again this weekend.