Black Forest in a perfect run
There is no doubt BTC premiership rookies Black Forest made an impact in the first round of the current season.
After pulling a string of upsets and leaving established premier league teams in shock and awe, Forest players have since attracted a lot of attention from prying eyes of their richer rivals. Word around the BTC premiership campfire is that a number of Forest players have received enticing offers from rival teams just before the January transfer window.
This week, Magoleng mouthpiece Koketso Molotsi said they have no plans to beef up their squad in the coming January transfer window. According to Molotsi, the red hot Magoleng also have a contingency plan in place should they lose players. “We have accumulated good players to help us throughout the season, our plan is not to beef up our squad during the transfer window unless we lose some players,” Molotsi said in an interview this week.
Molotsi confirmed that there are certain rival clubs targeting their players. “We are aware of clubs targeting our players but I believe our players will not go anywhere, they are happy here and they are assured of a place in the team.” Moreover, Molotsi said coming into the league their hope and intentions were to survive relegation but the Magoleng have exceeded expectations in their debut season. “We have done remarkably well and hit above our targets but this good performance will not lead us to setting new goals. A top eight or top four finish will be enough for us”.
An elated Molotsi said the early success of Forest could be compared to English Premier League reigning champions Leicester City, adding that the Mankgodi lads are capable of doing the unthinkable, (winning the league title).
“We can do well, the boys have energy and the support from Mankgodi is remarkable, we have gained new supporters and I believe we are now growing into a bigger brand everyone wants to don a Forest jersey.” Furthermore Molotsi said they have urged their players not to participate in the upcoming Christmas games as they run the risk of sustaining unnecessary injuries, which can threaten their participation in the league.
“We have spoken long and hard with them not to indulge in such games.”Forest have since acquired an invisibility cloak in their debut season, which includes an amazing undefeated streak. Magoleng have accumulated 19 points from just 11 games, they are currently third in the BTC Premiership log standings behind Township Rollers and log leaders Orapa United. Only Black Forest and Orapa United have not lost a single game this year. The Magoleng’s recent conquests include draws against Township Rollers and Gaborone United.
The rookies recently shocked the local football fraternity after claiming the scalp of Kgatleng giants Mochudi Centre Chiefs in a 2-0 thriller.Moreover, Magoleng are a multi-dimensional team consisting of good sprinkling players who have quickly made a name for themselves since their introduction to top-flight football. Although their defense looked fragile during the start of the season they have grown in confidence and mastered the art of absorbing pressure, they have recorded the best defense in the league having conceded only five goals from 11 games.
Forest usually start their attacks with their rear guard Mogomotsi Kerebotswe in the middle of the park. Kerebotswe has paired well with the artistic feet of Gofaone Mbaya whose has mastered both short and long balls in their counter attacks.Headcoach Rapelang Tsatsilebe’s charges do not only revel in quick counter attacks, but they also have the ability to communicate and think quickly.
The Forest squad also plays with a great sense of urgency from the first whistle.The Forest dominant player Thatayaone Kgamanyane has proved to be one of the rare talents to come out of the domestic league this season, having initiated Forest attacks with sheer brilliance in the first round. The quick and skillful player is able to stretch the rival defense to a breaking point.
Magoleng also rely on Lynoth Chikuhwa who rarely gives rival defenders breathing space. Chikuhwa has proven to be a ruthless goal poacher and his record of six goals in the league speaks for him. Forest takes on Jwaneng Galaxy at the Galaxy stadium this evening and the game comes as a must win for the buoyant Forest as they will look to end the year with no defeat.