Peacemakers seek to stay afloat
16 Mar 2023
Despite teetering on very slippery ground, with crocodiles brandishing their slightly curved conical teeth below them, Peacemakers hope the remaining seven games are their ticket to evade the dreaded fall.
A fall to Division One football, is usually a heavy blow, and the Bobonong outfit do not want to even entertain the thought as it has seen many once favoured big names plummet into near, if not total oblivion after several, dismal failed attempts to shoot back to the First Division football.
Peacemakers’ new coach, Rebagamang Keimetswe believes his side will still be very much a Debswana First Division North (FDN) league football feature next season, current struggles aside.
Speaking in a post-match interview after losing 1-0 to Mahalapye Railways Highlanders on Wednesday, coach Keimetswe, who helped the team promote to FDN in 2020, was upbeat that good times were ahead for his side.
He believes they will start grinding results this coming weekend, when they will be home to Sankoyo Bush Bucks.
They have played 15 games from the 22 and a win this weekend will be a launch pad to their quest for survival, especially as they are left to spar with teams in the lower bracket of the FDN log.
The team is currently 11th from the 12 team league with only 10 points in their cart, while right under them are Miscellaneous with nine points. At the top is TAFIC with 33 points.
TAFIC are having a good run, after surviving relegation to Division One football, thanks to Eleven Angels promoting to Premiership football.
Keimetswe is positive of staying afloat the troubled waters, as his troops are experienced. Yes, they may cave in owing to expectations and demands of playing for the only top team in Bobirwa, but he remains hopeful.
“No one can claim to be unbothered by our current run. Most of our players are youngsters and from lower divisions, but we’re doing all in our might to restore hope,” he said. Keimetswe is not the only manager with a team devoid of experience. Mahalapye Railways Highlanders coach, Kabo Dintwa is also nurturing a promising, young side.
Although his team is having a comparatively good run, perched on the third spot and seven points behind leader TAFIC, Dintwa will only be happy with a top eight finish.
“We don’t expect much from them and we don’t even want to put them under unnecessary pressure of wanting to compete for promotion to the Premiership,” Dintwa said of their approach to a team with most players’ ages ranging from 18-21 years.
Meanwhile, more games are lined up for this weekend with Mbalakalungu lying in wait for Rolling Boys at Prisons Grounds, Motlakase Power Dynamos home to Santa Green at Oris Radipotsane Stadium.
Mahalapye Railways Highlanders await Calendar Stars at Railways Grounds, while Chadibe will be home to Miscellaneous at Chad Arena on Saturday. TAFIC and Green Lovers square off at Francistown City Council Stadium in the only Sunday fixture. Ends
Source : BOPA
Author : Manowe Motsaathebe
Location : BOBONONG
Event : Debswana First Division North
Date : 16 Mar 2023