BY:Phodiso Gaebepe

A direct translation of a phrase from a Motswana saying I am not a wedding, I can’t be celebrated twice meaning they cannot lose twice to the same person has just applied in the much anticipated Gaborone Derby between Township Rollers and Gaborone United.

This season Gaborone United claimed the bragging rights after a 3-0 win in the first round of the season and winning again 2-1 in the second round, hence the dominance.

The game is one of the biggest in the country and brings the football fraternity to a standstill. Whenever the two giants meet, one would usually expect Rollers to dominate in terms of play since it always has more quality than any other team in the country. However, GU came with a plan to win the derby once more.

The absence of both pairs of Rollers midfield of the second clash in Mothusi Cooper and Ivan Mbowa gave GU an upper hand.The likes of Alphonse Modisaotsile and Rentse Keakabetse were able to outplay Brian Botsang as he was in an uncomfortable position.


The home and away win for Gaborone United continues to prove an upper hand over the city rival this season who goes on to hamper the chances of Rollers winning the league.

Gaborone United continues to be a thorn in the flesh in Popa. Last seasons Mascom top 8 semifinal, they came back from a 2-0 lead to overturn the score and qualify for the final. They continued to show their dominance again in the first round by defeating them 3-0, yesterdays game was just a final nail to the coffin when they won.

“We are disappointed with our performance and i think we have worked hard enough to walk away with a positive result on the day,we will pick ourselves up and react,said Rollers winger Edwin Moalosi.”

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