10 July 2018

Botswana: Notwane Geared Up for Premier League Return

Molepolole — After spending two seasons struggling in the second tier of local football, newly promoted Gaborone giants, Notwane Football Club are all but set for a reunion with the elite league in the upcoming 2018/19 season.

The club gained automatic promotion after finishing as Debswana First Division South champions. The relegation affected Notwane in many ways including losing quality players as well as revenue and mileage relevant in the local football circles.The financial devastation caused by relegation proved ruinous as the club struggled to attract quality players.

The long awaited return to the big waters is just what the club needed to wake up the so called sleeping giant.

This time around, the club looks more of a revamped side with a fresh cut of appease to their once supporters who could not live with the club's demise then.

In an interview the club's public relations officer, Mogomotsi Orapeleng said they were club was working round the clock to prepare for the upcoming campaign.

"We kick started our pre-season training last week and we have new additions to our team,some of whom we are still monitoring after successful trials. However, we have also released some of the players," he said.

Orapeleng was adamant that they have elite league campaigners lined up in their transfer book pending the final conclusion and arrangement of the deals.

"As you might be aware to be able to compete in the premier league, you need to have depth of experienced players mixed with young exciting players, which has always been the culture and philosophy of this club. That is the blue print that still guides our present preparations," he said.

With the club yet to officially confirm the signing of former Extension Gunners midfielder, Emmanuel Sekwena, reports have emerged that the club is closing on Sharps Shooting marksman, Moemedi Moatlhaping who understandably has a good relationship with the club's gaffer Keitumetse 'Pio' Paul.

When quizzed about any sponsors or business partnerships lined up, Orapeleng explained that the club was still in the middle of negotiations with a number of potential partners. Once the deals are sealed, the cliub would go on to make the revelations. "We are trying to bring the glory days back to this club, and we have began a major recruitment and membership drive which will push our membership numbers," he said.

Source : BOPA

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