Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Ghost of relegation haunts struggling Notwane

When the Premier League season kicked off in August, bookmakers did not rate Notwane as one of the relegation candidates.

However after a series of poor performances, Toronto find themselves in the relegation dogfight and in danger of tasting the dusty grounds of First Division football next season.

Though some people are still in denial, the low morale inside Notwane camp tells the story. Toronto are currently sitting third from the bottom with 20 points and if they cannot up their performance in the remaining six games, their destiny would be decided.

The thing is that only a miracle will save Notwane from going down looking at the caliber of the opposition they are left to play against ÔÇô BMC, ECCO City Greens, Mochudi Centre Chiefs, Extension Gunners, FC Satmos and Great North Tigers.

This afternoon, Notwane travel to Lobatse Stadium to entertain third-placed BMC in a game which could further dent Toronto boys’ dreams of remaining in the top-flight. Visiting Notwane training session, one can easily tell that some of the players have given up on surviving the chop.

Even the recent 2-1 win over TAFIC did little to motivate the spirits of this youthful side. While many people thought that the current predicament would force the executive committee led by chairman, Molebatsi Molebatsi, to be there at the ground to lift the spirits of the team, they have been nowhere to be seen except manager Thazo Tiwayi.

Zimbabwean coach Clever Hunda has tried to put a brave face to try and convince his charges that they can make it. But it has been difficult for him to lift the spirits of the players who have gone for months without receiving their monthly salaries.

According to captain Nelson ‘Nakata’ Moreetsi most of the players attend the daily training sessions just for the love of the game. He said that as a leader it has also been difficult for him to motivate his teammates.

“Life is very difficult for us here at Notwane because the management is doing little to motivate us. It is during this time when we needed them most. As it is right now, it seems like we (players) are the only ones who want to see this team remaining in the Premier League,” said the 25-year-old midfielder.

The preparations for their game against BMC have been poor; even Moreetsi is not sure whether they will be able to gain the maximum points.

“We always go out there to win but the problem is that there is nothing to motivate us. If there were incentives in place for every game then I would be singing a different tune. I would like to plead with the management to come closer to us for the benefit of this club,” he added.

On Tuesday morning, an emergency meeting was called at the Club House in Gaborone to try to come up with ideas which can save the club from going down. According to sources, nothing has been achieved.

“This is a meeting which could have been called during the Nations Cup break. Right now it’s too late; maybe if we can go down people will come to their senses,” said a source.

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