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First Division: Title race still open

With only six games remaining before the curtain closes for both Frist Division South and North, the pendulum is still oscillating in either direction as the battle for premier league promotion heats up.

In the southern part, it is a two horse race between Rolling Boys and the Mmakgodi based side, Black Forest.

Pace setters Rolling Boys under the tutelage of Thaloba “Machine” Nthaga will leave no stone unturned in their quest to see the red, black and white colours in the elite league. This has caused more excitement for the league as they enter the final phase, with arch rivals Forest.

Currently perched at the summit of the log is Rolling Boys with 32 points after 16 games. The side has managed to get maximum points from nine games, drawing five and losing two.

“The support has been very good and like I said we want to go to the beMobile league even the performance can attest to that,’’ Nthaga told WeekendSport after their win against Lesirane City.

Machine, a Radisele born coach as affectionally called, went on to say that the ambition has always been clear when he was given the reigns.

“The mandate was we need to compete for the league and I believe we are still on track for contention of the league,” he said.

The team has beefed up its squad with some big name players including Kaone “Kario”Molefhe, Kgaodi “Deco” Odirile and former Extension Gunners defender Kago “Manje” Nfila who has been given new attacking role. Going forward the team has the required aggresion and pace which made them untouchable, besides their defensive department deserves a pat on the back as they with rivals Forest have only let in eight goals.

On the other hand Forest is still optimistic despite few setbacks. The team finished the first round unbeaten but they have registered two defeats in the second stanza against third placed Sharps Electrical and Letlapeng.

Currently, they have 29 points and are on the second spot. The Mmankgodi outfit have managed nine wins, five draws and two loses from 15 outings, with only three points separating the two it will be an interesting spectacle as the two teams are still to face each other at Mmankgodi.

Again Forest has a game in hand against the struggling Tsabong side Black Rangers. Their coach Murphy Maseko is also confident that they will finally get their promotion this season, “of course that’s our dream and the interesting part is the fact that we still have to face them (Rolling Boys) at our own back yard.”

The team has beaten Rolling Boys in the first round and it remains to be seen as to whether Nthaga will defy the odds and defeat Forest at Mmankgodi’s popular moremotala ground.

At the bottom of the log is Rangers with seven points, with Modipane United on position 11 with 14 points and Lesirane City in 10th position with 16 points.

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