Thursday, April 25, 2024

Mfolo: the relegation fighter

The promotional play-off matches are the most difficult for any team that is taking part in them.
It takes more than a team and hard work for the team to finally emerge winners and make it to the Premier League.

The three participating teams have to play four matches in about a period of a week, something that is energy consuming.

What further makes the promotional playoffs more difficult is the fact that they are played immediately after the end of the respective leagues in both the elite league and the First Division.

However, some of the players have gone through these nerve-wrecking play-offs several times before.
One such player is David Mfolo of Letlapeng. Mfolo is playing his third promotional play-offs.
Two previous ones were successful because he ended up making it into the Premier League with the teams he played for.

On both occasions he was playing for Tlokweng side, Naughty Boys.
First it was in 2005 when Naughty Boys finished in second position, behind Gaborone United.
Unfortunately, Naughty Boys did not last in the premier league and went back to the First Division the following season.

Mfolo then remained in the Premier League with Mochudi Centre Chiefs. He would join Naughty Boys two seasons latter and they once again found themselves involved in promotional playoffs.
Mfolo would later play his heart out to help his team bounce back once again.

The Tlokweng side seemed to not have learned anything from the first experience of the Premier League as they once again made it back to the First Division after one season’s stay in the elite league.

Mfolo ended up jumping the ship to Ramotswa, where his team also finished second in the First Division South this past season, meaning another round of promotional playoffs.
Letlapeng has just finished the first round and they, together with the other two teams, are equal on points and goals. They all have two points and two goals apiece.

Mfolo believes this time around, his team will make history and qualify for the Premier League for the first time in their history.

“I have played in these kinds of matches before and I know what to expect and it is not easy. However we have done relatively well in the first round and have a chance of winning the second round in Selibe Phikwe next week. Imagine we are facing Killer Giants that have vast Premier League experience. Tasc on the other hand have an experienced coach in the name of Seth Moleofhi. All odds are against us but we are on the right track,” he said.

Mfolo, however, lamented the fact that they are missing many golden opportunities and they could already be in the Premier League had they converted most of them in their past matches.


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