Tuesday, September 28, 2021

BFA playoffs hit ground running

It will be a dog eat dog this weekend when Botswana Football Association (BFA) host the southern block regional playoffs at Lekidi Football Centre.

The much-anticipated promotional playoffs will witness five clubs locking horns for a single slot to compete in the Debswana First Division South League (DFDSL) next season.

With clubs competing for the coveted price, it will be a rookies’ affair as all participating teams have not reached the promotional playoffs in the past five seasons.

Gaborone City Region Football Association (GCRFA) will be represented by Maruapula Hungry Leopards, a youthful side under the tutelage of gaffer Kabelo Sechotlho. Despite a sudden end of the season due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Leopards cruised with ease in their league.

Contenders from the Kweneng Regional Football Association (KRFA) Sporting club will be eyeing the promotional slot. The Molepolole based side challenged for the league honours in their first season in the Kweneng division 1 league in their first season when they ended the 2018/19 season on the third position. The ambitious side qualified for the promotional playoffs this season after a neck and neck scramble for the slot with rivals Kumakwane United.

For the Kgatleng Regional Football Association (KRFA) giants, Master Blackpool emerged a force to reckon with following an investment that witnessed the likes of former Extension Gunners players Lesego Motlhabankwe and Obonye Moswate joining the side.

Tlokweng United, a former first division south outfit returns to the promotional playoffs after relegating a few seasons ago. The side forced a comeback to topple Taung Young Strikers from the top of the log table after a scrappy start of the season. With the likes of former Notwane midfielder Odirile Kgaodi making strides in the club, Tlokweng United boast experience ahead of the games.

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