HIGHLANDERS legend Madinda Ndlovu have had his Botswana top flight team, Mochudi Centre Chiefs crowned the 2012/2013 beMOBILE premier leagues champions.
Ndlovu, who is brother to former Coventry City striker Peter Ndlovu , was crowned after dismissing BMC, thanks to a solitary strike in the 21st minute by midfielder Godfrey Ngele.
Mochudi Centre Chiefs also known as Magosi went into the game against BMC with the knowledge that three points will guarantee them the championship, even though that did not seem to have boosted them as they did not start the game on a high note as expected
The game lacked the anticipated hype and matters were made worse by the failure by the premier league and the sponsors to display the cup at the game, which is the expectation when there is a possibility that a game can decide the league.
However, the jubilant Chiefs coach, Ndlovu said as a team they are not worried by failure of the relevant authorities to display or hand them the cup at the game.
“We are certain that the cup will be handed to us at our next game, maybe closer to our supporters in Gaborone. We are not bothered because we know it is lying somewhere waiting for us, what we are content with is that we have done our job as a club and the sponsors will also do their job when the right time comes,” the former metoric striker who once took Zimbabwean football by storm said.
On winning the championship, Ndlovu said he is happy that he has silenced doubting Thomases.
“When the season started there were some people who doubted my capabilities as a coach, who wanted to see me gone, but by God’s grace I manage to silence them,” he said.
He said as a team they have planned to amass as much points as possible in the first round to ease pressure off their shoulders in the second round.
However, Magosi started stuttering after their assignment in the CAF champions league started, which led to some people predicting the end of its error and the possibility of it ending the season without any trophy, especially after they were knocked out of the Mascom Top 8 challenge by BDF XI.
However, Chiefs recovered well in time and started winning albeit by slim margins, collecting important points nevertheless, and their win against BMC on Sunday ensured they accumulated an unassailable 62 points with three games left.
Their closest competitors, Nico United have so far accumulated 54 points with only two games left, meaning Nico can only accumulate 60 points at the maximum. Meanwhile Prisons XI is still hanging to the premiership by a thread, having accumulated 26 points with only two games to go.
They will be working hard to win their remaining games while on the other hand hoping that either Notwane or Miscellaneous fumble. The two are also skating on thin ice while Tafic can bank on a better goal difference.
Mogoditshane Fighters and BR Highlanders have long accepted their fate in the lower division next season.