Ngurungu Readies For First Division League

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Sankoyo Bush Bucks hosted a one-day tournament over the weekend as part of its preparations for the upcoming First Division North League which is expected to resume after the commencement of premier league in September.

Ngurungu will this time around be the only team representing Nhabe Region in the league after Maun United Terrors got relegated to second division last season. Sankoyo finished the league in the last season standing on the 6th spot with 29 points.

The tournament featured four local teams comprising of Ngurungu, Maun Technical College, Maun United Terrors and Maun Heroes FC.  It was won by Maun Technical College, Terrors got position two, Ngurungu came third and fourth position was Maun Heroes FC.

Ngurungu lost 1 – 0 to the relegated Maun United Terrors and defeated Maun Heroes FC 4-2 on penalties after the two played to a one goal draw in losers’ finals.  

Sankoyo in all their games, more especially their last one against Maun Heroes played a good counter-attacking football with their midfield holding and keeping up the position and a well transitional play. This was something which the club has been lacking in their previous games.

Speaking in an interview with Times Sport, Sankoyo’s Head Coach Antony Timothy expressed delight about their performance appreciating that the tournament helped them prepare for the season ahead.

Timothy added that in all the games he managed to field 13 players who came for trials hoping to continue with the same team in another upcoming pre-season tournament scheduled for Maun Sports Complex in early September. The tournament he noted will give them time to select the best needed players to strengthen their squad.

“We need to strengthen our defense, midfield and striking force for the next season and we already have enough players at our disposal to select from. We promise to give all our best in the selection so that we can have the much needed supplement to our squad,” he added.

Since the days of Morris Ruzivo, Thero Setsile, Thato Monowe, Onkarabile Ratanang and Modiredi Zokora Matengu the team has been lacking consistence in defense, midfield and striking force. Majority of these players have since been recruited by teams in the premier league.

During that era Ngurungu gave Premier League teams serious competition and it has once beaten the likes of Police XI, Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Orapa United. Three seasons have passed since Ngurungu left the premier league. Timothy who has recently completed his CAF B License is however hoped to bring change to the team.

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