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The lowdown on the 2019-2020 season

There were fears that BTC’s decision to trim the Botswana Premier League (BPL) sponsorship amount to P5 million, will lead to uncertainties over the start of the new season. But after all is said and done, although not at the same levels of excitement, the new season will blast into life tomorrow. Mmegi Sport Correspondent, KABELO BORANABOI gives a lowdown on the 16 participants
By Kabelo Boranabi Fri 30 Aug 2019, 12:00 pm (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: The lowdown on the 2019-2020 season








BDF XI

Coach: Louis Setshwane

Colours: Green and red

Home ground: Molepolole Sports Complex

Key signings: Remmington Masuku, Sphiwe Matlala (both BR Highlanders), Godiraone Modingwane (Security Systems)

Prospect: Under Setshwane they have proven to be a force to reckon with but are unlikely to challenge for the title. The team made a few additions to their squad and is looking to improve last season’s sixth position. 

Probable finish: 4th-6th 

 

BR Highlanders

Coach: Blessing Moyo

Colours: Purple and white

Home ground: Serowe Sports Complex

Key signings: Basimanebotlhe Moilwa (Miscellaneous), Michael Pepukani (Notwane), Tumelo Mazebedi, Lynoth Chikowa, Emmanuel Sekwena (all Security Systems)

Prospect: Mag Stimela, despite their thin budget have reinforced their squad. The acquisition of Moilwa and Pepukani will help their leaky defence while Mazebedi and Chikowa will add creativity in the front line. A top eight spot will be their target but may be thrown into the relegation battle.

Probable finish: 12th-14th

 

Extension Gunners

Coach: Stanley Mwaanga

Colours: Black and white

Home ground: Lobatse Sports Complex

Key signings: Dirang Moloi, Gosegonna Molapisi (both GU), Lesego Galenamotlhale, Olekantse Mambo (both Orapa United), Tshepo Borake (Galaxy)

Prospect: The sleeping giants will probably remain in slumber for a season longer. Mapantsola have lost many of their key players but the addition of Moloi and Galenamotlhale is expected to significantly alter their fortunes. They look solid at the back but may struggle upfront.

Probable finish: 8th-10th 

 

Gaborone United (GU)

Coach: Madinda Ndlovu

Colours: Red and White

Home ground: National Stadium

Key signings: Kekaetswe Moloi (Police XI), Joel Mogorosi (Rollers), Kennedy Amutenya (Free transfer, Namibia), Lebopo Moremi (Chiefs)

Prospect: There is abundance of talent at the Reds after a facelift in the winter transfer window.  The once 50-goal deadly partnership of Mogorosi and Moloi reunites at GU with former championship winning coach Ndlovu. The team may gatecrash the top three party.

Probable finish: 2nd-4th 

 

Gilport Lions

Coach: Paradzayi Madivenga

Colours: Purple and orange

Home ground: Otse Stadium

Key signings: Gape Mohutsiwa (Rollers), Brian Tukula (Sankoyo Bush Bucks)

Prospect: The Gillies are back in the Premiership after a year’s absence. They might as well make most of their time here, as a return to the First Division looks certain. Lack of financial muscle hindered them to make any big signings thus leaving the squad as thin as it was last season in the second tier.

Probable finish: 14th-16th 

 

Jwaneng Galaxy

Coach: Miguel da Costa

Colours: Red and black

Home ground: Galaxy Stadium

Key signings: Bakang Leshona (Chiefs), Thabang Sesinyi (Cape Umoya, SA), Sadiki Takunda (Miscellaneous)

Prospect: This is a team that will surely challenge for the championship. They have kept the core of the team that finished second last season. Departures have been superbly replaced. Galaxy has come close in the past three seasons; a maiden league title might be heading to Jwaneng this season.

Probable finish: 1st-2nd

 

Miscellaneous

Coach: Otsile ‘Chippa’ Koolese

Colours: Red and green

Home ground: Serowe Sports Complex

Key signings: Molaodi Tlhalefang, Oabile Bathusi (both Orapa United)

Prospect: Chippa worked his magic on the team last season and narrowly missed out on the top eight. The team, however, did not make any major signing and could perform a little bit lower than the standards they set last season. This is a youthful squad, and will be fearless, but experience will count.

Probable finish: 10th-12th 

 

Molepolole City Stars

Coach: Enosi Mmesi

Colours: Red and orange

Key signings: Tinashe Chipunza (Systems), Maikano Maikano (Black Forest), Steven Sibanda (Gilport), Botlhe Rakaki (Sankoyo)

Home Ground: Molepolole Sports Complex

Prospect: The

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Premiership’s newly re-named babies will not offer much but rather fight for survival this season. Their target will be a top eight finish, although it could be achieved with some difficulty. They have lost the majority of their key players and were not efficiently replaced.

Probable finish: 8th-12th 

 

Morupule Wanderers

 

Coach: Dragojlo Stanolovic

Colours: Orange and purple

Home ground: Serowe Sports Complex

Key signings: Tendai Nyamadzawo (Sua Flamingoes), Michael James (BDF XI), Kaelo Joseph (Orapa United), Khumoetsile Kufingwa (Molepolole City)

Prospect: Wanderers are making their Premiership debut. They acquired services of Serbian tactician, Stanolovic and their squad consist of players with Premier League experience. They might survive the chop just by a whisker.

Probable finish: 10th-14th

 

Notwane

Coach: Fabian Zulu (interim)

Colours: Gold and black

Home ground: Molepolole Sports Complex

Key signings: Siamang Kgosipula (Chiefs), Lungisanyi Fanyana, Kudzanani Machadzani (all Gunners), Boyo Lechaena (Rollers)

Prospect: An off-season technical team shake-up might disturb their preparations for the season. The team has also lost a lot of key players, but has beefed up with equally good replacements. Sechaba looks certain for a top eight. 

Probable finish: 7th-9th 

 

ORAPA UNITED

Coach: Mogomotsi Mpote 

Colours: Orange and white

Home ground: Itekeng Stadium

Key signings: Mwampole Masule, Onkabetse Makgantai (both free transfer), Allen Ndodole, Lawrence Ndunga (both Molepolole City)

Prospect: Their goalkeeping department seemed to the weakest link last season. But they have brought in former Zebras keeper, Masule to the team. The Ostriches will surely be challenging for the title but will need to be more consistent. 

Probable finish: 1st-3rd

 

Police XI

Coach: Mike Sithole 

Colours: Maroon and orange

Home ground: Otse Stadium

Key signings: Tendai Nyumasi (Orapa United), Chicco Molefe (Miscellaneous), Ogomoditswe Sitang (Gunners)

Prospect: They have been smart buyers in the transfer window. They only filled positions they were required to. This is a team that finished fourth last season and nicked points when least expected. They will cause upsets in the upcoming season also.

Probable finish: 3rd-5th 

 

Prisons XI

Coach: Sepheko Motlhagodi 

Colours: Green and white

Home ground: Otse Stadium 

Key signings: Modiredi Matengu (Sankoyo), Phenyo Molefhe (Chiefs), Karabo Setoutwe (GU)

Prospect: Like most teams, they did not have any financial muscle to flex in the window. The Warders may find it hard to keep their Premier League status.

Probable finish: 14th-16th 

 

Security Systems

Coach: Daniel Nare 

Colours: Red and white

Home ground: Lobatse Sports Complex

Key signings: Kitso Mangolo (Galaxy), Kabo Mungabe (Orapa United), Morris Rusivo (Chiefs)

Prospect: Nare on occasions bemoaned the defensive qualities of his side last season. He has brought in Mungabe and Mangolo who will provide options in central and left sides of the defence. Offensively they are not bad and could sneak in to the top eight.

Probable finish: 8th-12th 

 

TAFIC

Coach: Saul Chaminuka

Colours: Red and white

Home ground: Francistown Sports Complex

Key signing: Metseoatsile Elijah (Chiefs)

Prospect: TAFIC has kept the core of the team that secured them promotion to the elite league. Yes, they are back, but it could not be for long.

Probable finish: 12th-14th 

 

Township Rollers

Coach: Tomas Trucha 

Colours: Blue and yellow

Home ground: Rollers Stadium 

Key signings: Kabelo Dambe (Celtic, SA), Simisane Mathumo (Free State Stars), Phenyo Serameng (BDF XI), Tlhalefo Molebatsi (Notwane)

Prospect: This is the squad that can be broken in to two teams and still compete for the title.

All departments are filled with quality of both the youth and experienced players. The title is theirs to lose and the pressure is certainly on the new gaffer, Trucha.

Probable finish: 1st-2nd

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