Sunday, March 3, 2024

Relegation wars intensify

The day of reckoning beckons over the weekend for four clubs engaged in a last ditch to avoid relegation and remain in the BTC Premiership next season.

Two of these teams, Police XI and Sankoyo Bush Bucks will have to battle it out in the last fixture for survival. Security Systems will also have the destiny of their survival in their own hands when they play third placed Orapa United.

After being promoting back to the elite league last season, Francistown based Tafic are under threat yet again and will play against Black Forest in a crucial survival match. While Forest will be seeking a better position in the log table, the game will be a must win for Tafic as they seek to avoid therelegation  axe. In their last encounter, Tafic dropped further to the relegating zone over the weekend after losing 2-1 to Extension Gunners. The Lobatse giants were also avoiding the relegation struggle.

Things are not easy for The Alarm Boys, as Systems is affectionately called lost to title chasing Jwaneng Galaxy 4-2 last week. Just a point above Tafic, Systems need maximum points to survive depending on Tafic result against Black Forest. Systems looked better placed to avoid relegation following the arrival of Coach Daniel Nare when he won against on rampage log leaders Township Rollers but have since lost focus in the past few games. In their efforts to avoid relegation, Bush Bucks redeemed their survival efforts by brushing aside relegated bound Gilport Lions 6-1 elevating bucks to 12th position in the log table. Playing against Police XI in their last game, it will be an interesting match with both sides seeking maximum points to avoid relegation to the lower division.

Police XI and Gaborone United encounter was called off in the first half after two Gaborone United players suffered injuries. This was due to the Gaborone giants’ unprofessional conduct when they brought eight players into the match. Meanwhile, the top eight clubs have been confirmed as they booked a place in next season Mascom top 8 championships.

Top of the table also marks a photo finish with reigning champions Township Rollers looking to defend their title in their last match against Extension Gunners. Rollers are leading the pack by 63 points; breathing heavily behind Rollers is Jwaneng Galaxy playing against Mochudi Centre Chiefs in their last match.


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