Orapa, Galaxy battle for mining rights

Battle of the mines: Jwaneng Galaxy and Orapa United are primed for a pitched battle PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
Battle of the mines: Jwaneng Galaxy and Orapa United are primed for a pitched battle PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

FRANCISTOWN: A lot will be at stake when two diamond mining giants Orapa United and Jwaneng Galaxy face each other in the Orange FA Cup final at the Obed Itani Chilume Stadium tomorrow. Galaxy have enjoyed unprecedented success in local football and made strides on the continental front over the last few years.

They recently won the league and victory tomorrow will further reinforce their credentials as a local football powerhouse. On the other hand, the Ostriches will undoubtedly seek to redeem their poor season by clinching the FA Cup for the second time in their history and regaining their status as cup specialists in local football. For the first time in many years, United finished outside the top eight in the league as they ended in 10th position. The weekend match will also be of significance to the coaches of both teams for several reasons. For Morena Ramoreboli, a win will not only enhance his already impressive coaching resume but would also be a perfect goodbye to Galaxy, if speculation on his future is anything to go by. There are strong reports that Ramoreboli will be joining one of South Africa's junior national teams on a full-time basis.

The South African has not commented on links to any job in his homeland. He has, however, openly expressed his desire to serve his country. For Orapa’s Gadimang Tiiso, a decision on his future could largely depend on the outcome of tomorrow’s final. If Orapa emerge victorious, he would have passed the litmus test and will inevitably be appointed on a substantive basis. On the flip side, a loss could ultimately cost him his job, or he might be demoted to his original assistant coaching role. There has been speculation that the club is considering bringing in an experienced coach to replace Tiiso. Tiiso was roped in as an interim coach after the sacking of Zimbabwean coach, Taurai Mangwiro, late last year. In an interview yesterday Tiiso shrugged off talk relating to his future. “It is a pleasure and motivation for me as a young Motswana coach to reach the final of a major competition like the FA Cup. I still have age on my side and my goal is to coach in the Premier League for the next 10 years before exploring other options. I do not want to talk much about my future at Orapa for now. The goal is to win the final. I will, however, accept whatever decision that the club takes after the final,” said Tiiso, who is eyeing his first major achievement as a coach in the top division.

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