Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Tafic, Sharps strengthen their lead

Debswana First Division log leaders Tafic FC and Sharps Electrical stretched their lead at the top of their respective north and south leagues over the past weekend. 

Both clubs were the biggest winners in their respective regional leagues after the latest round which saw their closest rivals draw in their last matches. 

Sharps extended their lead to four points at the top of the table after a slip-up by former Premiership side Black Peril. Sharps secured maximum points against struggling Mochudi Rovers in a highly contested match with a slender one-nil score line. 

While Sharps emerged victorious, their closest promotion rivals Black Peril, slipped to third position as they drew against Lesirane City. Peril was usurped from second position by Uniao Flamengo Santos who took advantage of their draw by winning their match against former elite side Letlapeng 4-1. 

Santos, Peril and Mogoditshane Fighters are locked on points with Santos leading the trio with a better goal difference.

The intensity of the league is also felt at the relegation battle with rookies Skoon Boys regularly losing points dragging them further down. 

Second and third from bottom, Rovers and Letlapeng lost against their counterparts while ninth-placed Modipane United shared spoils with mid-table Prisons XI. 

Notwane got back to winning ways after two a weeks-drought winning away from home against bottom-of-the table Skoon Boys taking the Gaborone giants to fifth on the log table.

With the south league intense, Tafic have taken the north league by storm after relegating to the lower league a few seasons ago. With eight games before the season wraps, “Matjimenyenga” walloped troubled FC Satmos 2-0 at the Francistown Stadium this past Sunday. Closest league bidders BR Highlanders failed to close the gap after finding it difficult to get past central rivals Motlakase Power Dynamos in a game that ended in a 2-all draw.

While second-placed BR Highlanders are five points behind log leaders Tafic, the Mahalapye side is a point ahead of third and fourth on the table ahead of Sua Flamingoes and Motlakase. 

Meanwhile, the relegation battle is flooded by former Premiership clubs in the likes of GNT sitting on the 10th spot while Tasc follows on 11th and Satmos at the bottom of the table. 

This weekend, Sharps will lock horns with unpredictable Prisons XI at the SSG grounds while challengers Black Peril will be battling with Santos in an interesting encounter of the weekend. Letlapeng hosts Matebejane in Siga. Mogoditshane Fighters will battle it out with Modipane United while Lesirane plays Skoon Boys and Notwane visit Mochudi Rovers.

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