DTCB Women’s League changes format

Flashback: Double Action celebrating last year’s DTCB Championship win PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Flashback: Double Action celebrating last year’s DTCB Championship win PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

The Diamond Trading Company Botswana (DTCB) Women's League championship finals will return with a new format this season due to an increase in the number of teams.

The second edition of the finals will be played through a four-team tournament, which is a reduction from last season’s eight. In its inaugural edition, the women's football was only played in eight regions. The champions from the eight regions played in the playoff finals held in Gaborone in a group and knock-out format to determine the national champions. This season has, however, seen an increase of teams from 47 to 132 while the regional leagues increased from six to 11 from the previous season. Due to the development, the Botswana Football Association (BFA) has resolved regional champions' play in the BFA Block playoffs to book a place in the final four.

However, the playoffs will be played in only three blocks, Eastern, Northern, and Southern while the Western had no activity for this season. Three teams from the active blocks will qualify to join reigning champions, Double Action in the national playoffs. Speaking at this season’s launch on Thursday, the DTCB corporate affairs manager, MacDonald Motsele said the entity has seen the need to promote gender equality in sports and also for inclusivity of girls in rural areas. Motsele said as the premier sponsor, the DTCB has been inspired by the steady rise of the women’s game and believes local football can compete on the international stage and fully support the BFA’s dream of the Mares reaching the World Cup finals by 2035. “If you look at the women's national team that played in WAFCON last year, the majority of the players are from this project. So we are proud to have played a meaningful role and we will be happier if we get the women's football team to the World Cup finals in 2035, then we will say we played our part,” Motsele said.

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