With four rounds of the BTC Premiership season left, the heat at the top and the bottom is unrelenting. Jwaneng Galaxy and defending champions, Township Rollers are neck-to-neck at the top, while at the bottom, Mochudi Centre Chiefs are the key attraction as they look to ward off the stiff challenges of Sankoyo Bush Bucks and Prisons XI, for survival. Mmegi Sport Correspondent, KABELO BORANABI previews the tough but exciting road ahead
Remaining games: Gaborone United (away), BR Highlanders (home), Orapa United (home), Mochudi Centre Chiefs (away).
The high riding Galaxy Stars do not look like a side that would drop points any time soon. The team has never lost a game under coach Miguel da Costa and has proved to grind results both home and away, but travelling and lack of experience in the side could come at a cost.
Predicted finish: Second, with 66 Points
Remaining games: Miscellaneous (away), Prisons XI (away), Mochudi Centre Chiefs (home), Black Forest (home), BDF XI (home) Popa have one game in hand advantage against their title rivals, Galaxy. In the last four games, BDF XI proved to be the only test but with the current squad is a hurdle Rodolfo Zapata’s troops can overcome. The team looks set to win all the remaining games. A champions’ mentality will play a key role.
Predicted finish: Champions, 67 points
Mochudi Centre Chiefs
Remaining games: Gaborone United (away), Jwaneng Galaxy (home), Township Rollers (away), Sankoyo Bush Bucks (home).
It is a tough ask for the former champions to avoid relegation. Chiefs will play both title chasers and also have a tricky encounter
Predicted finish: 14th, with 26 points
Remaining games: Township Rollers (home), Miscellaneous (away), Black Forest (home), Sharps Shooting Stars (away).The Warderers, under the tutelage of Sepheko Motlhagodi, are a team that can pull a surprise result on any day. Their remaining games look like more of equal tasks with a tough assignment against Rollers. It is in their hands and they have an easier run compared to their rivals.
Predicted finish: 13th, 27 points
Sankoyo Bush Bucks
Remaining games: Police XI (away), BR Highlanders (home), Mochudi Centre Chiefs (away), Extension Gunners (home).
The Maun-based side’s looks set to finally bite the dust this time around. After seasons of battling financial constraints, this term, it appears the end is nigh. Sankoyo are two points behind Chiefs and Prisons, and they do not look like a team to avoid the chop this time.
However, positive results might come from a home game against Highlanders and away fixture to Chiefs but that will not change their fate.
Predicted finish: 15th, 22 points