Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Miscellaneous to use Orapa as home ground

Serowe side, Miscellaneous, looks set to use Orapa for their home matches in the coming season.

This is because the team believes they can make good money from gate takings compared to when they play in Francistown and Selibe Phikwe. Miscellaneous coach, Teenage Mpote, told Sunday Standard that playing in Francistown is always disadvantaging them because already there are Premier League teams in those areas.

“We played our last league match in Orapa last season and realised that we can make better money there because there is no Premier League in that area. This then means people in that area are starved of football and as such we saw it necessary to play there. Currently there are three Premier Leagues teams in Francistown and in Selibe Phikwe there are currently two and in Gaborone they are many,” he said.

Mpote is confident that once they play in Orapa, people from around the township and surrounding areas will come in their numbers and hence improve the welfare of players.

“If we make better money than we did previously, we can easily deal with issues that affect the welfare of players unlike now whereby it is not easy,” he said.

Mpote also added that the team management had agreed and they are only waiting for the Botswana Football Association and the stadium management to finalise everything.

The former Tasc coach also emphasised that travelling to Orapa is not strenuous unlike travelling to other places.

Due to unavailability of stadium in the central region of Botswana, Miscellaneous, together with Palapye-based side, Motlakase, were playing all their matches away and that led to the unsatisfactory performances from both clubs.

Motlakase has since been relegated while Miscellaneous had to wait for the last day of the Premier League to survive.

Mpote, however, stressed that this season the team is determined to finish in a comfortable position rather than wait for the last day of the league to know their fate.

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