Friday, February 23, 2024

Fireworks expected at Orange semi finals

The innovative Orange FA double header semifinals at the national stadium on Saturday are anticipated to produce fireworks.

Tournament organisers opted for a double header fixture after realizing that the four semi-finalists could not attract more supporters to attend the matches.

In the first semi-final; Security Systems lock horns with BDF XI before league champions Gaborone United take on Matebele FC in the Goliath versus David second game of the day. 

Matebele FC is the only team from lower division, first division, to reach season three of Orange FA semi-finals. Matebele started the FA campaign by defeating Maruapula Hungary Leopards 5 -1, and went on to beat prisons 1 – nil to reach the quarter finals. In the last eight they beat Tafic 3 -1 to reach the semi-finals.

It now remains to be seen whether the team will defy the odds and reach the finals. In the past Stone Breakers, Mochudi Buffaloes and Orapa Bucs reached the finals from while playing in lower divisions.

Security Systems (Alarm Boys) on their journey to the semi-finals beat Mochudi Centre Chiefs 2 nil, Rollers 2 -1 and extension Gunners 2 – 1 to reach semis.

BDF XI started their FA war by beating Molepolole City 2 nil, Holy Ghost 3 -1 and SA Flamingoes 6 nil. Holy Ghost is the First Division South league champions and gained automatic promotion to the elite league.

Premier league champions for 2021/22 season Gaborone United begun their FA operation by defeating Motaung Young Fighters 6 -1. In the quarters finals they met premier league mates, Police XI whom they beat 2 – 1.

The champions of the FA cup will have privilege to represent the country in the CAF confederation cup tournament.  Gaborone United as the premier league champions is expected to represent the country in the CAF champions League tournament.

The final of the Orange FA is ear marked for the 18th June at the national Stadium.


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