Makungulupeswa from Francistown region has secured a spot in the Debswana First Division North league following a victory at the Northern Block Promotional Playoffs that were held in Francistown over the weekend.
The team bagged maximum points after winning all their three games played against City Kings (Nhabe Region), Desert Buffaloes (Boteti) and Kazungula Young Fighter (Chobe) respectively.
They defeated City Kings 2-1, Desert Buffaloes 1-0 and also won 2-1 against Kazungula Young Fighters in their last game.
In an interview, Makungulupeswa Coach Mudanga Moloisi said they had a very good pre-season hence they managed to win the playoffs. He stated that they came to the playoffs motivated as they had completed the Francistown Region Division 1 League without a loss or a draw.
He added that his team also consists of experienced players who brought a change of play and the spirit of teamwork.
“As a way of preparing for the playoffs we attended the Nhabe Regional playoffs that were held in Gumare so that we can see how other teams play, that worked for us because we were able to identify their strengths and weaknesses,” he told Times Sports.
Mudanga highlighted that one of their tactics was to play the ball in areas where their opponents were not good at.
As they join first division, Mudanga is confident that they will be very competitive, based on the experience his team has. “We have a very good and experienced team that can compete with other experienced teams, therefore I can assure that as we head to the league we are going to perform well,” he said adding that they might also beef up their squad with as few players.
Mudanga added that he once had an opportunity to coach Nico United while it was still playing in the First Division League, and knows what is happening at the league. He noted that he also works together with other experienced coaches.
This he believes is going to play an important role in his new assignment in the upper league.
Meanwhile, Desert Buffaloes will be meeting Pilikwe United for the vacant slot in the First Division North after finishing with six points. Kazungula Fighters have ended the playoffs with three points while City Kings finished without any point, the two teams are heading back to the Division 1 League.