Botswana: BTC Premiership Mid-Week Fixtures Continue

Jwaneng — After postponing some fixtures due to the national elections exercise, the premier league office was forced to resort to mid-week fixtures for two weeks in succession to make up for lost ground.

After the weekend schedule, teams will get back to the playing fields across different stadia today and tomorrow.

In the first fixtures at the Lobatse Sports Complex, it will be a battle of the lower table as bottom-placed Notwane welcomes Gilport Lions, who are above them by five points.

Notwane is rooted at the bottom as they are still trying to repay the deficit that was metered on them due to failure to comply with the club registration requirements.

They currently have minus four points while Gilport above them, are on a single point.

A win for Notwane will leave them with a debit of a point before they can fully settle their debt, while Gilport will be looking to crawl out of the relegation zone.

Jwaneng Galaxy will welcome Gaborone United (GU) at the Galaxy Stadium in Jwaneng.

After registering their first win in five home games against Gilport over the weekend, Galaxy will hope that the home jinx had been broken for good and will be looking forward to continuing the home wins against Moya Goleele.

GU, on the other hand, will trot onto the field well aware that they cannot afford to lose any points if they are to keep up with the top teams.

GU are currently eight points behind log leaders, Security Systems.

In another fixture, Orapa United are still floating on a high cloud after cruising to a 6-0 victory against struggling Serowe outfit, Miscellaneous, and against Morupule Wanderers.

They are expected to collect more points, albeit without such ease they had against Miscellaneous as Wanderers have often held their own when least expected.

Prisons XI will be lying home against Miscellaneous at Molepolole Sports Complex in the last fixture for today.

Both teams will walk onto the field after experiencing defeats over the weekend and will be looking for morale boosters.

Police XI open tomorrow's fixtures against defending champions Township Rollers at Botswana Police College, in Otse and because Rollers are well aware of the threat by Security System, who have been on fire this season, they know they need to put a foot right in every game.

Rollers struggled against lowly placed Notwane over the weekend to register a 2-1 win while Systems also escaped by as solitary goal against Police XI.

Fresh from gnawing away their negative deficit of points, Extension Gunners are now on a journey to accumulate points and they did well when they piped BDF XI away by a single goal.

They will be looking to continue their journey against newly-promoted TAFIC, who are currently sitting in a respectable position 10 with eight points from as many games.

Log leaders, Systems welcomes Molepolole City Stars at Molepolole Sports Complex, and with the log leaders having stumbled only once and lost just two points of the possible 24, they are expected to keep sailing against a City side that lies just above the relegation zone only on goal difference.

Systems are also aware that a slip will likely lead to relinquishing the top spot, should Rollers win.

In the last fixture of the week, BR Highlanders welcomes BDF XI, who are still smarting from a surprise loss to Gunners.

All the games start at 7pm except the encounter between Police XI and Rollers, which kicks off at 4pm.

Source : BOPA

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