Green Lovers start top-flight preparations

The grass is green: Green lovers have begun top flight preparations
The grass is green: Green lovers have begun top flight preparations

Serowe outfit Green Lovers has started their preparations ahead of their maiden appearance in the beMOBILE Premier League (BPL) next season.

Green Lovers made history by becoming the second Serowe team after Miscellaneous, to play in the Premier League. They reached their destination after beating Mogoditshane Fighters in the Premier League promotional play offs.

Green Lovers president, Onthusitse Keotswele told Mmegi Sport that the team started preparing for the following season, immediately after winning the play offs.

“For now we are focusing on the club awards this weekend and we will reward everyone who helped Lovers to reach this milestone,” he said.

Keotswele further said that after the awards, they would start their pre-season friendly games and identify the team’s strengths and weaknesses.

He also said that to kick-start their friendly games, they they had planned a friendly game against a team from the lower divisions.

“On July 7, we will play against two First Division teams. To beef up the preparation, Green Lovers will play against yet-to-be-confirmed two Premier League teams. We can’t reveal the names of the clubs yet because they haven’t yet responded to our invitation,” he said.

Keotswele told Mmegi Sport that they will also bring in players, with the teams’ needs in mind.

“We don’t look at whether the player has played in the Premier League or not,” he said.

Keotswele, who also coaches Lovers, said they have no intention of signing a player with BPL experience unless there is a need.

He said bringing in players with BPL experience might ruin the squad they already have, so for now they will stick to what they have.

Keotswele emphasised that because playing in the Premier League is expensive, Lovers have begun looking at various ways to bring funds into the team.

“We are a small team but we cant sit back and give up. We have approached various stakeholders for funding,” he said.

Keotswele further said that getting sponsorship in Botswana is difficult, therefore they have resolved to other ways of raising funds like merchandise sales. He said they had approached professionals to help in branding and marketing the team. He also indicated that Green Lovers is be looking forward to a derby against Miscellaneous later this year.

“It is going to be a big game but for now that is not what we are worried about,” he said.

Keotswele however acknowledged the impact the derby would have on Serowe Football.

“The game will create a rivalry and divide within Serowe but it will bring out a good atmosphere within the place,” he said.

He added that it would be good for both Serowe teams to survive the league and perhaps emerged as winners and runners up.

Keotswele was however quick to admit that Green Lovers needed to be revived in different departments like goalkeeping and attacking.

“We have 20 young players who are here for trials. They are talented but none of them show the right material to play in the premier league.

The Premier League is very competitive environment therefore they do not have time to develop players,” he said.

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