Wednesday, July 6, 2022

BDF XI coach ready for any obstacle

Nelson ‘Sarafina’ Setshwane is ready for the challenges he will face in his debutant season as head coach of Premier League side BDF XI.

The former national team midfield kingpin said this during a media briefing organised by his club at Sir Seretse Khama Barracks (SSKB) in Mogoditshane on Thursday afternoon.

When he was appointed to replace seasoned Sikalame ‘Six’ Keatlholetswe at the start of the campaign, many people were surprised and wondered if Setshwane is the right man for the job.
Though he had confidence in himself, there were still some Doubting Thomases who believed that he has to spend another season as an understudy.

But the BDF XI committee, led by chairman Boikanyo Addanes, stood firm.

Before their mouth-watering clash with Gaborone United yesterday (Saturday), Matebele seemed unstoppable having accumulated 12 points from a possible 15.

They have recorded four wins against BMC (3-2), Mochudi Centre Chiefs (4-3), Extension Gunners (3-2) and FC Satmos (4-0). Their only loss was rather an embarrassing 4-1 loss to ECCO City Greens in a game played in Mogoditshane.

Of the embarrassing loss to ECCO, most people said that it was proof that Matebele are not ready for the battle. But they managed to recover and beat Gunners and Satmos.

“I’m used to pressure as I’ve gone through these tests before. We’ve worked on the winning mentality of the boys and we’ve made it clear to them that winning the league is a marathon,” he said.

Setshwane said that together with his technical team, they are working on strategies which will ensure that Matebele remain focused for the entire season.

Though they have been scoring goals with ease, BDF XI defence has been porous but Setshwane is not a worried man.

“Last season we were not scoring unlike this season. But like you said, defence is cause of concern and it’s something we’re working on. It’s not going to be easy but we’ll get there,” Setshwane added.

BDF XI chairman Boikanyo Addanes said that their defeat to ECCO was a wake-up call and they are going to ensure that they do not falter again anytime soon.

Addanes said that despite their promising start, they are not getting carried away.
“Our intention was to win the first five games but we did not. It’s understandable but we still stick to the mandate we’ve given the coach, that is, to bring silverware. We’re aware they’ll be obstacles on the way but we want a trophy,” he continued.

Asked if he is not putting pressure on the coach since it is his rookie season, Addanes responded, “Pressure is part of the game. We’ve got psychologists who will keep the players in the right frame. We have also put mechanisms in place to relieve players from unnecessary pressure.”
Meanwhile, BDF XI will host a fundraising music festival on October 8 at SSKB Auditorium in Mogoditshane.

Artists like Lister Boleseng, Franco, Makau, Ditiro and many others will perform at the event which is expected to attract music lovers in and around the city.

“BDF XI does not have a sponsor and, like any other side, they’re struggling to make ends meet. As you may be aware, players need to be paid, their accommodation and travel, so we’re hoping that we’ll be able to help them in a way. Tickets are already selling at P200 for VIP Suites and P100 for the rest of the seats,” said organiser, Mooketsi Ditsela.

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