The ‘final before final’ means one of the tournament’s two most successful teams would miss out on a chance to lift it for a historic third time.
The Blues and the Reds have four titles between them in the seven seasons of the prestigious tournament. GU became the first to win it twice in 2015 before Rollers matched the feat last season. Ahead of this season’s edition of the competition, both Rollers and GU set their eyes on a third Mascom Top 8 title. However, one of the football giants will miss out due to the ‘unkind’ draw.
Obonye Maome’s goal from the spot in the away leg was the difference as the teams played to a goalless draw in the second leg played at the Molepolole Sports Complex on Monday evening. However, the ‘final before final’ presents a golden opportunity for both Jwaneng Galaxy and BDF XI who meet in the other semifinal. The two teams have won the cup once each and have an equal chance to record their second successes. Galaxy won the cup in their first attempt in 2017 while Matebele won it in 2014 in a final where they beat Rollers after a penalty shootout. Matebele had been unlucky in the previous edition when they went down 2-1 to GU in the final.
This season, Galaxy reached the semifinals beating another tournament debutant, Sharps Shooting Stars 3-0 on aggregate while like GU, BDF XI benefited from first leg goal from the spot by Moatlhodi Ralesotla as they advanced on a 1-0 win over 2016 champions, Orapa United.