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The Chobe Regional Football Association (CHORFA) Division One League 2022/2023 champions, Kazungula Young Fighters aims to win the league again this season with the overall goal to get promotion to the Debswana First Division North League.
In the previous season, Fighters won the CHORFA league with 64 points thereby proceeding to the Debswana First Division North promotional playoffs where they did not make it through.
The team competed against Desert Buffaloes from Boteti region, Makungulupeswa from Francistown region and City Kings from Nhabe region, and then they bagged three points going back to Chobe.
The team is already leading this season’s league which commenced last weekend with three points, and have already won their first encounter match 6-2 against Kachikau as the journey continues.
In an interview, the team Marketing Manager Phemelo Makgasane said that in order to beef up their squad this season they have signed three quality players, but the team managed to keep almost the whole squad from the previous season and only released one player.
“Our goal is clear, we intend to win the CHORFA league and also in good account of ourselves in the Orange FA Cup. In 2018 we were knocked out from the FA Cup by Township Rollers at the quarter finals and we wish to repeat this and maybe go further in qualifying to the semi-finals,” he said.
Makgasane noted that after failing to win the promotional playoffs last season they managed to offer counselling to the players in an effort to motivate them not to lose focus going into the new season.
In addition, Makgasane further stated that they started their preparations for the new season in August and played different tournaments in which they did very well. He revealed that they have recently acquired the service of Monageng Nkosi from Ferry Wanderers who holds BFA Coaching license to assist the technical team as assistant coach.
Makgasane said that currently their team does not have sponsors but are engaging with different companies to help outsourcing funds and sponsors for the team.
“We have engaged Chobe Auto Bodies and also Logan Safaris in the aspect of finding sponsors for the team and also make income through selling our merchandise,” he said.
For his part CHORFA Secretary, Moreotsile Juta said that their wish is to have the second team at the First Division League alongside Mbalakalungu. He stated that in the Northern part of Botswana Chobe is the only region that never had the opportunity to have the team representing the region at the Botswana Premier League (BPL), therefore they would also like to have a team at the premier league. He said that having two teams at the First Division League may push and motivate those teams to win the league and proceed to the BPL.
The 2023/2024 CHORFA Division One League consists of 14 teams and these are Fighters, Plateau, Chobe United, Desportivo, Ferry, Satau, Vision Boys, Lesoma, Panda United, Kopano, Panda SC, Sedudu, Nyungwe and Kachikau.