Promoted sides survive as Miscellaneous, Santos join TAFIC in First Division

Last dance: Miscellaneous (in green) during their last Premier League match against Rollers on Saturday
Last dance: Miscellaneous (in green) during their last Premier League match against Rollers on Saturday

For the first time in many years, all the promoted Premier League sides survived relegation as Miscellaneous, Uniao Flamengo Santos and TAFIC dropped to the First Division. Promoted sides, FC Satmos, Orapa United and Police XI (formerly Wonder Sporting) all survived the chop while Rollers were crowned champions.

This is the first time that the Serowe based Miscellaneous are relegated since they got promoted in 2010. Miscellaneous spokesperson, Musa Morapedi said that this year they were caught off guard as they are always in a comfort zone.  He said by the time they realised they were in trouble, it was too late. “We thought we were safe but we were still to play the top four teams. We were never in the relegation zone until last month,” he said.  Morapedi stated that by the time they roped in former Zebras’ coach, Stan Tshosane to assist the technical committee, it was too late. He said they did not beef up their squad during the January transfer window because they felt they were safe. He said the players only realised they were in trouble in the recent game against Gaborone United and the fact that they did not have a home ground took a toll on their finances. Since it gained promotion, Miscellaneous have never played at home in Serowe. Morapedi said if the Serowe Stadium was re-opened before the league ended, it was going to  make a difference. “It was bad to go out this way but there was nothing we could do. But we can’t despair,” he said.

However, it is not the end of life for the Serowe side. “We will come back strongly,” Morapedi vowed. He said they are not going to stop any of their players who want to leave.

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