City Kings FC from the Gumare stream will represent Nhabe Region at the Debswana First Division Northern promotional playoffs scheduled for Francistown next weekend.
The club was this past weekend crowned champions of the Nhabe regional playoffs that were held in Gumare at Kings Arena where they clashed with Ndundu Fc from Shakawe stream and Springbok Fc from Maun. City Kings accumulated a total of six points after defeating Ndundu Fc 2-0 and also won 2-1 in their second game against Springbok Fc.
Ndundu finished on the second position with three points while Springbok did not accumulate any points from the competition. City Kings will be heading to the First Division North playoffs to clash against Kazungula Young Fighters from Chobe region, Desert Buffaloes Fc (Boteti) and Makungulupeswa Fc (Francistown).
In an interview, City Kings coach Itireleng Edward said the competition was tough and as a newly formed team they played against experienced teams but they fought hard to emerge victorious. He stated that their victory was in line with their mission to qualify for the Debswana First Division League this coming season.
“I am excited about our win and I am very impressed by the way my boys played, they did more than what I expected from them,” he told Times Sport.
He noted that from early next week they will be heading to Francistown so that they can start their training camp earlier and get used to the playing ground. Edward said as newbies the regional playoffs has helped them gain experience as well as to prepare them to fulfil their dream of qualifying for the upper league next season.
The coach has since called on different stakeholders to come on board and support football in Nhabe region. He noted that the competition has made them realise that there are many talented youthful soccer players in the region who only lacks support.
Edward is of the view that a lot still needs to be done in nurturing the talent in the region.
“I would like to urge the Botswana Football Association (BFA) to pay more attention to the Nhabe region because it consists of very strong and powerful players whose skills can be useful to our national football teams,” he stressed.