Simisani Mathumo of Township Rollers wins header against Paul Derrick Nsibambi of KCCA during the 2018 CAF Champions League football match between Township Rollers and KCCA at the National Stadium, Gaborone, Botswana on 04 May 2018 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix
Monday May 28, 2018. 16:00
Township Rollers defender Simisani Mathumo is delighted after winning his sixth Botswana Premier League (BPL) title with the club.
Mathumo secured the title in the years, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018 in Popa Blue along with Oscar Ncenga, who is also a long serving player in the Rollers squad.
The two defenders are close to achieving the feat of Popa legends Oris Radipotsane and Persia Diago, who managed a national record haul of seven championships during the club’s glorious era between 1979 and 1987.
“This season we had a very good start. We won all the first eight games. Every season as a player, a coach, as management,” Mathumo told the club’s official website.
“You can have a good start but there is going to be a time when you know the team will drop points.
“It helped us that we had managed to collect 24 points from the first eight games, a 100 percent record,” the 26-year-old continued.
“So when the slump started midway through the season, we had collected enough points that eventually won us the title.
“But the league was a bonus, our main focus had been the Mascom Top 8 and making it to the CAF Champions League group stage.”
Mathumo joined Rollers’ development academy in 2005 from Highlanders. He was promoted to the first team in 2007.