Saturday, October 31, 2020

The going still tough for Northern teams

Teams from the Northern part of Botswana are still finding the going tough in the be-MOBILE Premier League and are threatened by the relegation axe to the First Division.

Of the bottom four teams, three are from the North of the country while only one, Black Peril, is from the Southern part.

Francistown-based side, Tasc, together with Miscellaneous and Motlakase from Serowe and Palapye, respectively, have to pull up their socks if they are to survive the dreaded relegation axe.

What should be worrisome to the Northern teams is that for the first time this season, three teams will drop automatically and there will not be promotional matches regarding Premier League teams as was the case before.

Miscellaneous are rooted at the bottom of the league with 12 points followed by Tasc with 13 points. Black Peril and Motlakase have 14 and 16 points, respectively.

Both Tasc and Peril posted shocking results this past weekend but that did little to take them out of the relegation zone.

Tasc defeated fourth placed Tafic by a solitary goal while Peril won by the same margin over championship challengers, Ecco City Green.

The spokesperson for Motlakase, Monty Gagomokgwa, told Telegraph Sports that northern teams are finding the going tough because they travel a lot.

“We all know that there is no stadium in the Central part of the country where the likes of Motlakase and Miscellaneous are based. This then means we do not have home ground advantage because we always travel. Our supporters never always travel with us to give moral support unlike if we had home matches,” he said.

Gagomokgwa also added that Motlakase will fight with all they have to avoid relegation. He said if they can do well in their remaining matches, they might even finish in a comfortable position.

“Nine matches are left before the end of the current season and there is a possibility that we can collect much. If you look back you will realise that in the past few matches we did well and did not easily drop points. We are confident that we will do well in the coming ones,” he said.

Motlakase also faced the prospect of being relegated last season and survived in the last matches.

Meanwhile, Township Rollers tightened their grip on top of the league table after defeating Miscellaneous by a solitary goal. Rollers victory was also helped by the fact that another strong title contender, Ecco City Green, surprisingly lost to Peril.

Rollers lead second paced Mochudi Centre Chiefs by 10 points.

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