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With the 2022/23 football season coming to an end soon, Times Sport reporter, Jayson Samokunda gives a bird eye’s view of both the Debswana First Division League and the elite Botswana Football League (BFL).
The Debswana First Division league, both South and North are only left with three to four matches before the season comes to an end while the BFL has more than seven matches before the curtain closes.
Tafic is leading the North First Division league with 41 points, a clear lead of six points between them and the second spot placed Chadibe who are second with 35 points while BR Highlanders are in third spot with 33 points.
As things stand here, it is highly likely that the two will qualify for play-offs should they win all their remaining games. If Chadibe wins all their matches, they will end the season with 44 points and qualify for the promotion should Tafic drop points in their last three matches.
On the other hand, the Matjimenyenga boys remain confident of winning the group after having registered four wins and a draw in their last five games. From the games, Tafic scored 10 goals, bolstering their commitment to return to the elite league next season.
In the league’s relegation zone, Sankoyo are a point away from the relegation zone following their two wins and three losses in their last five games played.
Sankoyo will have to win all their remaining three games, two homes against Rolling Guys and Calendar Stars and their away against Green Lovers for them to survive the axe. Winning all their matches, they will finish with 28 points and possibly escape the chop.
Ngurungu has collected 19 points and is sitting on position 9 while in the red zone is Green Lovers with 18 points and Rolling Guys who are sitting at the bottom of the log with 14 points.
In the First Division South, only four games remain for the league to fold. Four clubs are currently eligible for automatic qualification to the elite league, and this are Matebele at the top with 37 points, Crackit City Polar with 35 points, VTM FC with 34points and Notwane which has33 points.
The Kgatleng giant, Mochudi Centre Chiefs seem to be losing the race as they are currently seating on position six with 28 points, but stand a chance to end the league with 40 points should they win all their remaining four matches.
At the bottom of the table lies Black Rangers who have already relegated with 4 points from 18 matches and above them is Broadhurst United with 15 points and the latter still stand a chance to survive the chop provided they win their remaining games to close the 4 points gap with Matebajane who are in position 10 with 19 points.
In the Premier League, the fight for the Championship has become a 2 team affair between Jwaneng Galaxy and Gaborone United who are in first and second with 56 and 51 points respectively. Orapa United and Township Rollers are gradually fading away from the top challenge but are fighting for the top 4 and 8 respectively for them to participate in the Mascom top eight and the champion’s league.
At the bottom of the log tables have turned and things do not look good for the Peleng giant Extension Gunners. Mapantsula are sure relegating to the Debswana first division south after collecting 11 points out of 24 matches played and they are currently glued at the bottom of the table.
The newcomers in the 2022/23 season Holy Ghost are also in the verge of relegating back to the first division should they not fight back and win all their remaining 7 matches. They are in 14th position with 19 points and are 3 points away from the red zone but stand to survive provided they win two or three out of their remaining matches.