Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Clash of Premier League fixtures looms

Motlakase Power Dynamos and Miscellaneous Sporting Club are caught in limbo as their next weekend (12-13 April) fixtures might clash.

The Botswana Premier League have since taken a decision that teams which are placed on the bottom four and on the top four should play at the same for the sake of fair play.

This has been done to avoid things like match fixing and to ensure that each team is given fair competition.

Motlakase is fighting for a top eight spot so that next season they will be playing in the lucrative Mascom Top 8 Cup.

On the other hand, the struggling Miscellaneous is battling for its life among the bottom four and hopes to avoid the dreadful relegation axe. These two Central District teams found themselves sharing a venue after the Serowe Sport Complex was declared undesirable to play in by the Premier league.

Ministry of Infrastructure Science and Technology Spokesperson, Malepa Dibonwa, said his Ministry has not yet handed over the Complex to the Ministry of Sports.

He also said he is not sure of the readiness of the Complex and to what percentage is it usable. Malepa said what he only knows is that Serowe Sport Complex is still maintained.

Motlakase Spokesperson, Monty Gagomokgwa, said he is worried that there will be a problem for the next week’s fixture.

He said his team and Miscellaneous are to play on the same day yet they will be using the same venue next week.

Gagomokgwa is not sure when the Serowe Sport Complex would be ready.

“I do not know by now where and how the Motlakase vs Santos and Miscellaneous vs Centre games will be played next week and hope to hear from the Premier League soon,” said Gagomokgwa.

Miscellaneous Manager, Ogopotse Godirwang, said the Serowe Sport Complex is in a good state to play on.

He said the only thing lagging behind is the water system at the ablutions. He said this should not be a big issue as they used to play at Palapye Swallows grounds which do not have special facilities.

He said they used to provide water at the Swallows ground and they should be asked for assistance so that they can play their remaining games at home.

Godirwang said he does not see why their home games are not swiftly taken to Serowe. He said they are tired of playing their games in Palapye even though the Complex is ready for use.

“We could use home advantage and the gate takings to survive relegation,” said Godirwang.
Godirwang said the people of Serowe are thirsty to watch a game at their home base, sitting down in stands unlike in Palapye where they were standing while watching games.

“If our next weekend game against Centre Chiefs is taken to Serowe Sports Complex we will win. Who knows we might cause an upset and stand a better chance to survive relegation,” said Godirwang.
Botswana Premier League Chief Executive Officer Bennett Mamelodi assured this publication that, “by Monday they would have resolved the issue of clashing fixtures.”

He said as the Premier League, they do not expect to see any fixtures clashing.

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