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- the team eyes Northern block playoffs
The 2022/2023 Maun Stream Division One League defending champions Springbok FC returns to the new season with the aim of reaching the Northern Block Promotional play-offs and probably have a chance of proceeding to the first division.
The team’s dream to do so in the previous season was shattered after City Kings from Gumare Stream emerged the champions of the Regional play-offs.
In an interview, the team coach Lawrence Amos explained that winning the league and proceeding to the Regional Playoffs will give them an opportunity to battle with their opponents from Shakawe Stream and Gumare Stream again, so that they can stand a chance to proceed to the Northern Block Promotional Playoffs.
“Our plan this season is to win the league once again and we are going to work hard to achieve that because our main goal is to go back to the regional playoffs and proceed to the next level,” he told Times Sports.
Amos said one of the main reasons that restricted them to proceed to the Northern Block Promotional Playoffs last season is that they are the most travelling team in Nhabe region therefore that affected his players’ performance as they faced fatigue. He highlighted that they travel more than 400km every week coming from Gweta playing two games every week as such that really affected the players.
“We tried to change the way we are playing when we went to the regional play-offs last season and that also contributed to our better performance, even though we created a lot of chances that we did not manage to convert them. But I think these are the things that we need to work on from now on,” he said.
He said their plan is to have a defined style of play that would carry them to the regional play-offs again and even use it when they get there so that they don’t change much. Amos stated that even though they are the most travelling team they are trying to prepare early in such a way that they can stand the challenges that they face.
“We are trying to change the way we played last season, we are trying to come up with the different Springbok that will play a different game of football with a different style that would help us to win the league. We have signed around five players to beef up our squad and we have only released two,” he said.
Springbok FC are currently leading the Maun Stream Division One league with six points winning all the two games played with a goal difference to Moeti United, which is seating on position two with six points as well followed by Cubs on position three with three points.