Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Teams under tutelage of local coaches face relegation axe

Normally in any league, the last few games are the most eye-catching. They normally determine who wins the league and even makes it clear which team is headed for relegation.

The premier league is now at that stage. This time, however, eyes are glued at the top of the table where the war might end up going to the last game.

In the past three seasons, the champions were determined well in advance, but this time is a different case.

At the bottom of the league table, which is often forgotten, there is a strong possibility that teams under local coaches might kiss the Premier League goodbye and find themselves in the dusty First Divisions.

Of the five teams that are at the bottom of the league table, four are in the hands of local coaches and if some of the teams are relegated, it would be very sad, indeed.

Naughty Boys have a mathematical chance of surviving but in reality it looks difficult.

They have been on a losing streak from the beginning of the league and only a miracle performance can take them from the bottom of the league table.

Naughty Boys are under the tutelage of Moeteledi Chaenda who seems to be doing little to motivate the team. Somehow the Tlokweng outfit has surprisingly reached the semi-finals of the Coca-Cola Cup after beating several so-called big teams that, on the other hand, trounced them in league encounters.

Second from the bottom is Great North Tigers (GNT) and, together with Naughty Boys, they have not had it easy since gaining promotion last season.

Many thought GNT would be a force to reckon with, especially considering the credibility of their coach, Seth Moleofhi. He once had successful stints at Tasc Confidence and helped GNT to gain promotion for the first time in their history.

Since coming into the premier league, GNT are far from convincing and it remains to be seen how they will fare in the coming four games. The relegation axe also hovers over Mogoditshane Fighters. Information reaching Sunday Standard is that they have re-called head coach, Letang ‘Rasta’ Kgengwenyane, who left the seat about a month ago under mysterious circumstances.

Upon realising that the ship was sinking deeper, the management saw it necessary to call Kgengwenyane back. He is one of the few qualified local coaches.

One local coach who has since gained the admiration of many Batswana is Kenneth Mogae of Boteti Young Fighters but his team is currently going through a rough patch because they are losing almost every weekend.

About a month ago, they registered one of the heaviest losses in the league when they were humiliated 12-2 by the defending league champions, Mochudi Centre Chiefs.

Since gaining promotion almost three seasons ago, the team has cemented its place in the Premier League.
Surprisingly Mogae did not go for big names but brought relatively unknown players mainly from the Boteti region.
How Mogae will change things in the upcoming games also remains to be seen.

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