Thursday, April 9, 2020

Here’s what to expect in football this season

“Do not doubt my motivation, determination, toughness, commitment, perseverance, mental ability nor my desire, most of all do not under- estimate what I can achieve,” Alex Morga.

With an over turn of events, seeing the likes of Security Systems make a name for themselves as the Botswana Premier League (BPL) from being the leagues underdog. Firing from all cylinders, teams brace themselves for the 2019/2020 season.

Township Rollers

Having a long line of supporter’s up its sleeves,  Township Rollers has promised a turnaround of events along with redeeming themselves and  obtain  position one in the league for the undying love of their supporters. Spokesperson to the club, “Popa popa”, Bafana Pheto said their short coming from last season was mainly caused by lack of a goal scorer  that being the case, they have signed a two and half year deal with the 24 year old Ghananian striker Francis Afriyie from Gor Mahia (Kenya).

“We have just signed him and as we speak we are now doing a work permit and we hope he will start showing up very soon,” he notified.

In addition to this regarding their poor performance to last season; he pointed out that they started pre-season well but being Township rollers, many teams plan around them giving them access to some of their weakness.  The unfortunate thing according to Pheto is that they a being studied more than other teams in the league which is their downfall.

As for Security Systems performance, he said they were not surprised to see their achievement, highlighting that they were well prepared and from the time they got a part in the league one could see their ability.

“It is amazing to have another team rise it only increases our football quality and it gives us more reason to fight. We have very sensitive supporters and I can assure them that we are going to fight with everything we have. We ask them to bear with us and support us, we are because of them,” Pheto said.

Gaborone United

The well-known dramatic Gaborone United stated that this season they want to be drama free ticking out the negativity that has been around them. According to Mapalastina Chairperson, Boitumelo Nsunge, he noted that their coaching drama led them to position five but they are just happy they are a step away from Township.  Their only plan for this season is to build up and go up indicating that for this transfer window they are not changing anything about their team, the addition of Pontsho Moloi to the technical team was enough for them.

“We have been on the spotlight for all the wrong reasons this time around we want to rebuild our brand. This season we want to change and make a good name for the team, players, supporters and everyone who is on our side,” said Nsunge.

They are hopeful that this season they will start and end it with Philimon Makhwengwe, unlike last season were they were forced to look for a coach as soon Nikola Kavazovic resigned.

Orapa United

“We are here to dominate and the plan is to win the league this season, with or without price money. For us football is more than money,” Kabo William, Orapa United Public Relations Officer said.

As it stands, ‘the Ostriches’are leading with 34 points with Security Systems one step behind them with 33 points. Even though ‘the alarm boys’ took the nation by surprise and proven to the football fanatics and BPL teams that anything is possible with a little extra work; ‘the ostriches’ believe at this time they are tired and the fighting spirit in them has died down.

BDF XI

From the army team of the country, spokesperson to BDF XI, Patrick Mfaladi said football lovers should expect a robust and highly motivated BDF XI team. The team is back and has been training for a week now after the festive season with the appointment of Letang ‘Rasta’Kgenwenyane several changes are expected to surface on the team.

Mfaladi noted that the team has placed Kennedy Taukobong and Bobby Motlhabankwe on transfer list as their contracts are coming to an end this football season. They are also looking to bolster its squad with an international striker; the coach has been said to be busy assessing potential players to include to his final squad with few local lads also being assessed the once who make the cut will be added to the coach’s plans.

“Our team has not been performing to our supporter’s expectations for a while now but with the changes that the team will make for the second round I believe our fortunes will change for the better. I can only urge them to come in numbers to rally behind the boys,” he said.

On another note, the team said they will be honouring Bonolo Phuduhudu at Molepolole after the game with Tafic FC. Concluding that it is only important to show him gesture that indeed he has and will always be an integral historical part of BDF XI Sporting Club, Mfaladi said.

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