Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Nthaga confident of promotion despite protests

Ambitious Debswana First Division South League (DFDSL) side Tsholofelo Rolling Boys gaffer Thaloba Nthaga is confident that his team will make its maiden appearance in the elite league next season. Boys are currently under siege for reportedly fielding Omphile Sebolai against Lesirane City and Black Rangers.

The two clubs have reportedly filed a protest, arguing that Sebolai featured in the game even though he had accumulated three and five cumulative yellow cards respectively. However, this week both cases were heard at Lekidi Football Centre and later adjourned to a later date. City was advised to prepare their arguments with all facts and the case will resume on the 29th of March, while Boys are still to be served with protest documents on the Rangers case.

With four games to go before the season wraps up, Boys are pegged three points behind log leaders Black Forest in a heated promotional race, while chasers Union Flamengo Santos are seven points behind Boys. Nthaga said in an interview that despite all the controversies surrounding his team, they will go on to conquer until they reach the elite league.

“There are things we don’t have control over as the technical team. We have tried to do the best we can to ensure that our players don’t lose focus. So far the protest hasn’t affected us as shown by our recent performance,” said Nthaga.

“I am confident that we will maintain the same level of performance in the last four games. The most critical thing for a team is preseason and we started our preseason very early. It also should be understood that for a team to compete for honours, it must be consistent which is something we have been able to do up to now,” said Nthaga.

Meanwhile, former elite league side Ecco City Greens continue with their campaign to bounce back to the Premiership. Mamojadiskie is perched in second spot in the Debswana First Division South League (DFDSL). The former premier league side have to prove their mettle in their last three encounters against the likes of Great North Tigers, Tsabotlhe and Kazungula. Nothing but maximum points in all their last matches will see the Francistown based side gaining automatic promotion or a place in the promotional playoffs against runners up from the southern league.

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