Black Forest football club has won plaudits from coaches and pundits alike as their fairytale run in the BTC Premiership continued this past weekend.
The league debutants beat BDF XI by a solitary goal on Sunday to keep their seven-game unbeaten streak intact, while also bringing BDF XI’s own unbeaten run to an end.
The win means that Forest, who are now sitting on third position on the league log, along with leaders Orapa United, remain the only teams yet to taste defeat so far.
Though it is a little too early to predict how the team will perform throughout the season, their good run has already drawn admiration from even some rival coaches.
“As a coach, you do not want to come to a game to lose and I am not happy I lost today. However, it is pleasing to see an unheralded team competing so well in the league. This is what everyone would like to see, more teams competing rather than having just the established teams such as Rollers, GU or Centre Chiefs,” BDF XI gaffer Nelson Rasetshwane observed after seeing his side go down to the minnows.
While many had expected the Mmankgodi-based outfit to struggle, the team has surprised many with their refreshing brand of football, mixing flair and pace in attack with some steel in defence, a ploy which was more evident as they beat BDF XI.
After scoring a goal as early as the fifth minute, Black Forest then displayed some graft and kept BDF XI’s speedy frontmen quiet with some impressive defending.
“They have a very solid central defence which does not crack easily. If you have that kind of d, it gives the offensive players upfront the confidence they need. They also have two very skilful players upfront who can unlock any team,” Setshwane observed.
Despite the team now having grafted results against almost all the big teams, with the exception of Extension Gunners, who they are yet to face, and many now rooting for the team emulate British side Leicester City’s title upset, Black Forest’s technical team is not getting carried away.
“Though we have gone on a seven-game unbeaten run, our main aim is to settle and secure our status in the Premier League. Thereafter, we can then decide whether we are challenging for titles,” assistant coach Reetsang Letlole said.
“When we were at the first division, we always maintained that if we want to get promotion to the Premier League, we had to prepare the players we had. We believed that we had to get the group of players we had to be Premier League ready so that when we get promoted, we do not have to cast them away and get new payers. This has worked wonders for us in the league, it is a continuation of what we did at first division.
‘’If you look at the players who played today, almost all of them, except the striker, are part of the team that we have always had even when we were competing in lower division,” Letlole explained.