Saturday, December 9, 2023

Relegation in year of promotion continues to haunt new teams

The going league battles are definitely tough for the newly promoted teams in the Premier League.

Only a few matches are left before the first round comes to an end, but all the newly promoted teams this season are finding the going really tough and might be relegated at the end of the season.

Unless they pull up their socks, they might find themselves once again going back to the dusty First Division.

If it finally happens it will definitely be the same old story whereby most newly-promoted teams go back to the First Division after only one season stay in the Premier league.

The trio of Tasc, Black Peril and Miscellaneous are part of the bottom four of the Premier League teams and some of them are losing matches by wider margins.

Of the three relegation-threatened teams, two are coached by local coaches. Tasc is coached by Seth Moleofhi while Miscellaneous is coached by Teenage Mpote.

Both coaches once coached together at Tasc during their army days and won several important tournaments. Now things are different for the two.

With the exception of Black Peril that comes from Tlokweng the other two teams are from the Central and northern parts of the country where there are not many Premier League teams.

Black Peril looks set to follow in the footsteps of another Tlokweng side, Naughty Boys, who have a tendency to be promoted for a season only to go back to the First Division the following season.
Last season, Ramotswa side, Killer Giants, also stayed in the Premier League for a season.
Another team that has the same tendencies is Jwaneng Comets.

A lot was, however, expected from Serowe side, Miscellaneous, because it is in the centre of the country where a lot of developments are taking place. Even the country’s First Citizen comes from Serowe but things are just not working out.

After being promoted, all the three teams did not reinforce their squads with experienced players but kept on using the same players who are having difficulty in keeping their teams afloat in the highly competitive Premier League.


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