Seven Deciding Fixtures For Sankoyo’s BFL ‘Return’

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As the contest for the highly competitive First Division North League (FDNL top spot intensifies, the likes of Sankoyo Bush Bucks, BR Highlanders and Motlakase Power Dynamos are in the race for the title and promotion to the elite league next season.

Sankoyo Bush Bucks goes into tomorrow’s fixture against Makungulupeswa with determination to win to keep their Botswana Football League (BFL) return hopes alive. Ngurungu, goes into the game seating on third position with 23 points, a difference of 4 points between them and the First Division North (FDN) log leaders Motlakase Power Dynamos.

Their remaining seven (7) fixtures are critical for their hopes to return to the elite league next season since their premier league exit in 2019. After tomorrow’s fixture, Sankoyo will remain with six matches, away against Peacemakers, BR Highlanders (Home), Chadibe and Pilikwe United (Away) and welcome Tsabotlhe before ending the season away to Santa Green.

In all of their remaining 7 opponents, Sankoyo managed to collect 13 points after winning against Pilikwe, Peacemakers, and Santa Green, a draw against BR Highlanders as well as losing to Chadibe and Tsabotlhe in the first round of the league fixtures.

Sankoyo head coach Likha Paphani informed Times Sport that the team is in good form to fight for promotion into the elite league come the 2024/25 season, an indication that tomorrow’s fixture is a must win.

“We won 2-1 against Makungulupeswa in the first round therefore we are positive that we will go through tomorrow. We are hopeful that we can do well against our remaining opponents of the season,” he said, further indicating that if they can win their three home games and four away fixtures, then they will stand a chance for promotion.

Sankoyo will possibly end the season with 44 points if they win all their remaining fixtures and importantly, winning against BR Highlanders at home, the team that is in the second sport with 25 points.

Meanwhile, Motlakase Dynamos, the team with an impressive performance throughout the season and currently sits at the pinnacle of the league table. Their consistency and tactical prowess have made them the team to watch while BR Highlanders, not far behind and is hot on the heels of the leaders, Motlakase Power Dynamos.

BR Highlanders attacking style of play and solid defense have earned them a well-deserved second position and the question is, can they maintain their form until the end of the season.

Times Sport took a look at the bottom table where you find the likes of Pilikwe United and Makungulupeswa in the red zone (Relegation Zone) with all the two teams drawn their last week matches against second spot bound, BR Highlanders and third spot, Sankoyo Bush Bucks respectively.

Though they are in the relegation zone, chances are high that they can survive the relegation if they collect important points from their last seven games looking at the fact that there are 3 points away from relegation with both having accumulated 14 points.

The count-down continues tomorrow (Saturday) as the log leaders travel to meet Mbalakalungu at Prisons grounds in Kasane. Peacemakers take on Chadibe while Tsabotlhe are up against Calendar Stars. Santa Green welcomes Green Lovers at Pekenene CJSS. All games start at 1630 hrs.

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