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Premier League explains low-key midweek climax

MQONDISI DUBE
The Botswana Premier League (BPL) says it was forced into a late programme change, which will see the nail-biting title and relegation battles decided midweek, rather than on a weekend.

 

BPL chief executive officer, Thabo 'Styles' Ntshinogang said the league programme was supposed to be concluded on Saturday, but the Zebras' involvement in the COSAFA Cup had necessitated a shift.
"There was a request from the BFA to allow the national team to assemble and get ready to depart for South Africa on Friday.  This forced us to move to midweek, otherwise the league was supposed to finish on May 26," Ntshinogang said.
Despite often chaotic scenes where even established giants such as Gaborone United failed to bring a full complement of players to matches, the season is headed for a photo finish.
At the top, Township Rollers, who face Extension Gunners tomorrow, are just two points ahead of Jwaneng Galaxy who play Mochudi Centre Chiefs at the same time.
A win for Rollers will guarantee Popa a third title in as many seasons, while a draw will leave the door open for Galaxy, if they beat Chiefs.
Gunners and Chiefs have nothing to play for as both are safe from relegation while a top eight finish is out of reach.
At the bottom, any of Security Systems, TAFIC and Sankoyo Bush Bucks can go down.  TAFIC are on 31
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points, just a point behind the two.
TAFIC play Black Forest, who have already secured a top eight finish, while Systems are home to Orapa United and Sankoyo are at Otse Stadium for a do-or-die date against Police XI.

BPL chief executive officer, Thabo 'Styles' Ntshinogang said the league programme was supposed to be concluded on Saturday, but the Zebras' involvement in the COSAFA Cup had necessitated a shift."There was a request from the BFA to allow the national team to assemble and get ready to depart for South Africa on Friday.

This forced us to move to midweek, otherwise the league was supposed to finish on May 26," Ntshinogang said.
Despite often chaotic scenes where even established giants such as Gaborone United failed to bring a full complement of players to matches, the season is headed for a photo finish.

At the top, Township Rollers, who face Extension Gunners tomorrow, are just two points ahead of Jwaneng Galaxy who play Mochudi Centre Chiefs at the same time.A win for Rollers will guarantee Popa a third title in as many seasons, while a draw will leave the door open for Galaxy, if they beat Chiefs.Gunners and Chiefs have nothing to play for as both are safe from relegation while a top eight finish is out of reach.

At the bottom, any of Security Systems, TAFIC and Sankoyo Bush Bucks can go down.  TAFIC are on 31 points, just a point behind the two.

TAFIC play Black Forest, who have already secured a top eight finish, while Systems are home to Orapa United and Sankoyo are at Otse Stadium for a do-or-die date against Police XI.

 



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