Majestic end to a fine campaign
MPHATLALATSANE finally made headlines for the right reason at the weekend following their surprise 2-0 win over Matlama at pitso Ground.
Very few could have seen the shocker coming considering this was a team bottom of the 14-team table taking on a Matlama side not only second on the log but enjoying a dream run.
However, by the end of 90 minutes, it was the underdogs celebrating while Tse putsoa licked their wounds in humiliation, and in their own backyard to boot.
Yet that is the crazy nature of the beautiful game and what makes football so special because you never know what is going to happen.
Also at the weekend, Lioli beat Likhopo 2-1 in Maputsoe while Bantu were at the receiving end once again after going down 1-0 to LCS at LCS Ground — their fourth loss on the trot and by a similar scoreline
In the other last match of the first half of the season, LDF won 2-0 against Rovers at LCS Ground, marking the end of a truly eventful first round of the 2015/16 Vodacom premier League campaign.
I have said it before that this season has been one of the most competitive in the history of domestic football and the weekend matches only added to my belief.
We had become so used to certain “big teams” running away with the honours, but this year, it has been different and should this continue, I can see a new winner emerging come end of the season.
Meanwhile, because of the Christmas and new Year holidays, the players have been given a break from training so they can spend quality time with family and friends.
These boys deserve this sabbatical because they really earned it; going for training day in and day out is never easy and takes real commitment if not great sacrifice.
Yet this is that time of the year when we know all sorts of trouble takes place. Many have lived to regret the mischief they fall into for the rest of their lives and this includes players, who are only human and can succumb to the many temptations which come with the festive season.
But I would like to urge the footballers, and indeed the rest of the sporting fraternity, most of whom happen to be my age-mates, to be responsible in whatever they do. Our athletes might not appreciate their status in society, but the fact is they are role-models whose misbehavior can discourage an impressionable youngster for taking sport seriously because of the shameful behaviour of someone they would have held in such high esteem.
Discipline is the key to success and I urge all our athletes to always have that in their minds wherever they go this Christmas holiday.
As for our footballers, they should also remember that they are at the halftime break of a very tough match, so they need to come back stronger in the second half if they are to take the game.
The second round of the season only starts next month, and any lapse in training could have dire effects on the players’ performance come the final stretch which begins in the second week of January.
The bottom line is the players must take care of their health because they are in a very cruel business in which heroes can become villains at the flip of a coin.
Year-in and year-out, the second round of the season has proved to be the most competitive and any team that misses a single beat eventually pays a very heavy price.
But this is not to say the players should not let their hair down for a spell because like I said, they have given us some good football so far, and so deserve some good time, albeit with extreme caution.
Having said that, on behalf of my colleague and regular writer of this column, Mikia Kalati, I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas.
Sundawana midfielder Raboama Koloti (left) evades Likhopo’s duo of Lehlomela Ramabele (right) and Bokang Mothoana (middle) in this file photo.