Army side BDF XI are taking no chances in preparing for what promises to be the most exciting second round of the be MOBILE Premier League. Matebele have announced that they will travel to Pandamatenga in the North West to intensify their preparations for the second round, expected to resume in the second week of next month.┬á
The league went on recess on December 11 to allow the national team to prepare for the 2012 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) and Matebele only reported from the Christmas break in the past week. Having started the league like a house on fire under the guidance of Nelson ‘Sarafina’ Setshwane, Matebele went through a bad patch midway through the first round, something which sees them 17 points adrift of pacesetters Mochudi Centre Chiefs.
BDF XI is currently sitting on seventh position with 24 points. ┬á
“We’re going to stay there (Pandamatenga) until the Zebras come back from the Nations Cup. It was the only suitable place for our training camp and we’ll only stay a week (in Mogoditshane) before the games resume to allow the players to adjust to the conditions,” said BDF XI spokesperson, Philemon Mompati, on Friday.
He said that their intention is to keep the players focused on training hence their decision to move away from the noisy streets of Gaborone.
BDF XI are scheduled to play a Kasane Select side during their stay in Pandamatenga before featuring in a four team tournament in Selebi-Phikwe or Francistown on February 4.
“Negotiations are ongoing with different clubs concerning the tournament. We’ll announce the full details in the near future,” he added.
After their sluggish performance before the league went on break, Mompati believes that his side will be ready for the last half of the season.
“Our intention is to do well in the remaining league games and Top 8. The management has taken a decision not to offload any player in our current squad because we’ll need a lot of depth,” he pointed out.
In a bid to strengthen their squad, the Mogoditshane-based outfit has approached Extension Gunners for the services of Ofentse Mmipi and Hendrick Moyo. They have also written to TAFIC seeking permission to talk to goalkeeper Ndana Moatlhodi. Another player who is on Matebele’s radar is Miscellaneous’ right back Isaac Paeye.
“It is important to have a strong squad hence we’re interested in all these players,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mompati announced that their assistant coach, Letang ‘Rasta’ Kgengwenyane, has finally joined the team. Kgengwenyane has been attending a military training course in Lobatse and missed 16 games of the season. His absence has contributed to Matebele’s current position. At times BDF XI were left without a qualified coach last year when Setshwane was attending coaching courses at Lekidi Football Centre in Gaborone.