Sankoyo Confident Ahead Of Crucial Match Against BR Highlanders

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Sankoyo Bush Bucks goes into tomorrow’s match against BR Highlander in a crucial Debswana First Division North encounter at the Maun Sports Complex eyeing victory to advance its chances for the top spot in the league table.

Head coach, Likha Paphani exudes confidence ahead of this crucial match, “We always prepare to win. Our boys have a winning mentality, and even on days when we do not play our best, we find a way to secure the three points.”

Paphani has said the team capitalised on their break from weekend fixtures to fine-tune its strategies, adding that they are in excellent shape, with the sense of purpose and determination having been instilled within the squad.

Despite a grueling week of training, the team has managed to avoid injuries so far and according to the Paphani, they remain cautiously optimistic, indicating that the team’s medical staff is closely monitoring the players to ensure their fitness for battle.

Paphani, acknowledged BR Highlanders as a formidable opponent, that has quality. “But they are visiting us at the wrong time because it is now or never for us,” he warned.

Meanwhile, as the FDNL reaches its climax, the race for promotion to the elite Botswana Football League (BFL) next season has become a fierce battle. Sankoyo Bush Bucks and Motlakase Power Dynamos, find themselves locked in a rivalry, each vying for the coveted spot in the top tier.

Sankoyo currently occupies the 2nd position with 29 points while the log leaders, Motlakase are on 31 points. The stakes are high for Sankoyo as they gear up for a  pivotal 15 points that could secure them the second promotion to the elite league next season should they win all their remaining five fixtures.

Sankoyo will have to win their remaining five fixtures against BR Highlanders (Home), Chadibe (Away), Pilikwe United (Away), Tsabotlhe (Home) and away to Santa Green on the last day of the 2024/25 season. Likha Paphani’s charges secured 13 points against these opponents in the first round, winning against Pilikwe, Peacemakers, and Santa Green while drawing with BR Highlanders, and suffering defeats to Chadibe and Tsabotlhe.

Meanwhile Motlakase has consistently impressed throughout the season. Their tactical prowess and performance have made them a team to watch, and with a two-point lead over Sankoyo, they are determined to secure promotion to the BFL. Motlakase continues to set the pace, as it cannot afford to slip.

While the spotlight shines on the promotion contenders, teams like Pilikwe United and Makungulupeswa find themselves in the relegation zone, desperately fighting to survive. Just a point separating them from safety, and their last five games will determine their fate.

Tomorrow, Pilikwe United takes on Chadibe FC at Oris Radipotsane grounds. Tsabotlhe FC welcomes Peacemakers at Newtown Primary School, while at Palapye Sports Complex; Green Lovers are visitors to Motlakase.

Mbalakalungu welcomes Calendar Stars at Prisons ground while Makungulupeswa FC travels to Pekenene JSS to lock horns with Santa Greens. All matches start at 1600hrs.

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