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Gunners must go shopping

If at all Extension Gunners intends to compete or finish in a better position this season, precisely top eight bracket, they will have to search for quality players in the coming January transfer window.


Despite beginning the campaign on the right footing, Mapantsula have lost their last two games against Gilport Lions and Township Rollers. However it was the Rollers loss that gave them enough warning that the team should be bolstered to avoid a similar scene of free fall that befell them last season where they even failed to secure a top eight ticket.


Gunners conceded two ‘silly’ goals in a space of five minutes with the defence and goalkeeper taking all the blame. “With the first goal, I think my central defence didn’t mark the right way, the second one I believe Pepukani could have done better,” Coach Daniel Nare said after the game.  


Nare is spot on as his charges were in most instances caught in sixes and sevens by the Rollers attackers. A central defender, creative midfielders and strikers are most needed at the Peleng side. Currently Desire Bafana, Leteng Legopelo are the central defenders but their concentration lapse, lack of urgency and positional indiscipline will cost the team. The first goal by Rollers could have been dealt with if the central defence was switched on. Again, the young right back, Mompoloki Kebalepile needs backup as he couldn’t keep up with the marauding and the wizardry of Lemponye Tshireletso. Finkie Mothibi also needs alternatives as age is not on his side.


Pepukani’s stunts if not addressed are also likely to be another root cause of Gunners’ woes. The goals he conceded especially the second one, is a replica of what he let in against Gilport Lions. But the goalkeeping department can’t cause a headache as Wagarre Dikago could also be roped in whenever disaster strikes.


The pair of Kutlwelo Mpolokang must be augmented by a creative midfielder of Bonno Mosea’s calibre to open the opponents’ defence, which was lacking on Wednesday. Again Guna-Guna needs an outright deadly striker that would utilise the limited opportunities they create. The young Thabo Metlhayotlhe showed that under serious monitoring he cannot bring the results home. His partner in crime Boitshoko Zikhale is not a natural striker hence the team normally depends on the likes of winger Emmanuel Machinya for goals.


Should this signings which Chico has given thumb up to, be made; Gunners could rise to its yester years status. The agreement to give All-Kasi management power of the team however could be the downfall of what coach Nare has planned. Reports indicate that the management (All-Kasi) after agreeing a deal are likely to part ways with Nare and some of the players and bring forth their dream team.

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