Boteti’s Real Brothers Promoted To The First Division North League

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Real Brothers FC from Boteti region have been promoted to the Debswana First Division North League 2024/2025 season, following a 2-1 win in their last Northern Block Playoffs match against Tonota FC in Maun last weekend at APU grounds.

Real Brothers won the Playoffs with six points after from two games and losing one game while Gumare Young Stars took position two with five points after winning one game and drawing two games. Kazungula Young Fighters secured the third position with four points while Tonota FC took the last position with one point.

In an interview, Real Brothers FC President Goitseone Molatlhiwa said that going to the Northern Block playoffs, they only had one week for preparations, which they used to play friendly games to gauge their performance.

He stated that going into the playoffs their main intention was to win all their games. Molatlhiwa stated that the competition was tough and challenging for them as most of their players are young, of height, and could not resist the pressure they got from other teams like Gumare Young Stars, which consists of very strong players.

“Most of our players are aged below 24, their physique was not stronger compared to that of our opponents and they could not resist their pressure. After realising the challenge, we decided to improve our strategic agility in the field hence my players managed to weave through the defence quickly and score,” he said.

Since this marked their first promotion to the first-division league, Molathiwa said they will enter the league as underdogs to remain at the top six position at the end of the league. He noted that during their second participation in the First Division League that’s when they will start battling for a win. Molathiwa stated that as they prepare for the league they intend to beef up their squad with five players.

For his part, Gumare Young Stars Coach Tapudzani Brown said that though they did not win the Playoffs, the competition was not a tough one and there was no pressure as compared to the games they played during the Regional Playoffs. He noted that lack of experience affected their performance as Young Stars because some of the teams they played against were well-experienced. Brown noted that their goalkeeper was red-carded during their first game, therefore, that was a challenge as it led to players doubling efforts to normalise the situation.

“From here going forward since we have qualified for the Orange FA Cup we plan to keep our players if possible, though we know that that some higher teams will come looking for our them, but we cannot block some players to compete at higher competitions like Premier League and First Division. We also intend to strengthen our team and bring more experienced players who can sustain us to do well in the Orange FA Cup,’’ he said.

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