Orapa United clinch automatic promotion

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FRANCISTOWN: After squandering a glorious opportunity to gain automatic promotion to the elite league following a humiliating 1-0 loss to Two-Two Five FC of Senete village last weekend, Orapa United have managed to secure automatic promotion to the prestigious be MOBILE Premier League.

The Nchime Modise coached side gained automatic promotion following their impressive 2-1 win against TASC FC at the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) Donga grounds here.Going into their midweek encounter Orapa needed two points in their 20th match of the season to maintain an unassailable lead of the league and gain automatic promotion, with three games to wrap up the league. Orapa went to the midweek clash leading the league with 52 points. Second placed FC Satmos, who still have a game in hand, have accumulated 41 points. To earn a top spot they had to win all their four remaining games and rely on Orapa to drop points in all their three remaining matches (including the TASC match).

That was before their (Satmos) encounter against Two-Two-Five in Senete village, which was also played on Wednesday. A win for United and a loss or draw by Satmos would have given the Orapa boys an unassailable lead in the league thus securing the club promotion to the prestigious be MOBILE Premier League.A loss or draw for Satmos and a draw for Orapa would also have granted the Orapa side an unassailable lead and granted them promotion to the elite league. Satmos lost by a solitary goal against Two-Two-Five while Orapa emerged victorious against TASC eventually sealing promotion to the elite league. In fact had Orapa lost to TASC they could have also been crowned champions because Satmos's loss in Senete meant that they can only reach 50 points in their remaining three matches.

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