Monday, July 15, 2024

Teams head for a foto-finish

The last time a climax finish in the be-MOBILE Premier League championship was about five years ago when the title was decided on the last day of the League.

Coincidently the teams that were fighting for the championships were playing together at Molepolole Sports Complex and it was Gaborone United that emerged champions after defeating Mochudi Centre Chiefs 1-0.

The way things look in the ongoing be-MOBILE Premier League, it looks like it might be the most interesting in many years especially for those teams fighting for Championships.

With only six matches left, the foursome of Township Rollers, BDF XI, Gaborone United and Mochudi Centre Chiefs have great chances of being crowned champions.

Already Township Rollers are currently at the summit and they are separated by five points from fourth placed Centre Chiefs. Second placed BDF XI trail Rollers by a point while only two points separate third placed GU from log leaders.

This means that the top positions are like a see saw situation as position are changed time and again when all the four teams are in action.

On the other hand the team that is crying foul is BDF XI because they had earlier on had their six points deducted. The reason was that they took football matters to court. BDF XI however went to court after the Premier League wanted to stop their league match with Mochudi Centre Chiefs and squeeze a friendly between South Africa champions and the latter.

BDF argue that they were informed late and could not agree to stop their league match for a friendly encounter. BDF XI ended up going to the High Court and won. The Premier League then said the army side contravened rules and regulations of the game and hence six points’ deduction.

They appealed and lost. On the other hand there is a big war at the bottom of the league where the bottom eight teams face the possibility of getting relegated.

There might even be surprises of some teams relegating for the first time in their history. The likes of Extension Gunners, Ecco City Green and Notwane face the prospect of going to the lower division if they do not pull up their socks.

Other relegation threatened teams are the likes of Nico United, BMC, Miscellaneous, Orapa United Uniao Flamengo Santos and Tafic.


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