Sankoyo Hopes Of Promotion Fade Gradually

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As the First Division North League (FDNL) reaches its climax, the race for promotion to the elite Botswana Football League (BFL) next season has become a fierce battle and the Maun based Rockies, Sankoyo Bush Bucks are on the downward spiral.

Sankoyo dropped points at home recently against BR Highlanders in a 2-0 loss before a 2-1 loss away to Chadibe last weekend. These losses saw Ngurungu dropping to position six with 29 points to their name, something that hampers dreams and hopes of automatic promotion to the elite league for the 2024/25 season.

Ngurungu will have to win their remaining three matches, starting with their away game tomorrow against Pilikwe United at Oris Radipotsane Stadium followed by Tsabotlhe and Santa Green after the FA Cup semifinals.

Sankoyo currently occupies the 6th position with 29 points while the log leaders, Motlakase are 5 points clear of Ngurungu, therefore, Sankoyo will have to win all its remaining games to revive its hope, because they will end the season with 38 points.

Despite the failure to collect 6 critical points, Sankoyo head coach, Likha Paphani remain optimistic about his charges, emphasising the importance of winning their remaining three games. He added that the importance of psychological preparation at this point is very critical, indicating that they are treating every game like any other as they know very well that should they lose concentration, they are doomed.

Furthermore, Paphani revealed that the players have been mentally prepared for the challenge ahead and the confidence is running high within the team now, adding that they will work hard in their remaining fixtures to make sure they go for the promotional play-offs.

Meanwhile, at the pinnacle of the FDNL log table, stands Motlakase, a team that has consistently impressed throughout the season. Its tactical prowess and unwavering performance have made them the team to watch and remains determined to secure autocratic promotion to the BFL. It is crucial that the team maintains its current form and win all its 3 remaining matches, to finish the league with 47 points.

On the lower log section 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.

Meanwhile, at the First Division South (FDS), Young Stars are leading the table with 43 points out of 19 games followed by Flamingo Santos with 36 points, 3 points clear of the third position, City Polor. With three games to the end of the season, big names of Mochudi Centre Chiefs, Prisons XI and Extension gunners are no way close to the promotional brackets.

At the red zone (relegation) seats Mogoditshane Fighters and Desert Nxau, who are in 18 and 17 positionsrespectively, though they still have a chance to survive if they win their three remaining fixtures. Notwane is also in the verge of relegation should they lose their remaining games, as they are two points clear of relegation.

Tomorrow, the log leaders Motlakase, welcome the relegated bound Makungulupeswa at Palapye stadium while BR Highlanders are visitors to Santa Green at Pekenene grounds. Green Lovers are home against Calendar Stars. Both Makungulupeswa and Green Lovers will have to win their matches tomorrow to keep their space in the league next season while a win for Highlanders and Motlakase will keep their hope high for the promotion.

In the South League, the log leaders, Young Stars are home against the struggling Mochudi Centre Chiefs while the 2nd spot, City Polar travels Black Forest tomorrow. The relegated Mogoditshane Fighters and Desert Nxau are up against UB Hawks and Tlokweng United respectively. All matches start at 1530hrs.

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