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Ecco hosts Hotspurs: Itís do or die

An interesting battle is simmering at First Division North as both Mahalapye Hotspurs and Ecco City Greens are intensely fighting for promotion to the lucrative Be mobile premiership.

The scintilating down to the wire performance that is similar to the one expected down south, will leave the first division followers mesmerized until the final whistle. What has cultivated more excitement and anxiousness is the encounter scheduled for this weekend in Francistown old stadium between the top two sides. Again the other factor that spices up the whole fight is that both sides have premiership experience.

Mamoja as Ecco is called by its legion of fans was condemned to the dusty division after 11 years in top flight football, where they managed to defy odds and claimed the crown.

Ama-hot on the other side has also played in the elite league in the early 2000’s but had a season stint. This experience will be put to test in this season’s campaign for promotion.

Currently at the top of the table is the Mahalapye side with 37 points followed by Ecco who managed 35 points, while first round hot property, Sowa Flamingoes are in third position with 31 points. Tafic closes the top four with 28 points. This miniature distinction has made the league one of the most competitive. “For now we can’t predict who will be promoted but this weekend fixture is key. This is one of the most competitive leagues after a long time,” said football analyst Monty Gagomokgwa. In the past the southern division has been hailed as the most competitive.

The Francistown community has mobilised all the resources to support the team that gave the city football bragging rights in 2006/07 season. As for Mahalapye, little is said as to whether the village leadership or private sector is doing to push the team to football heaven. Their other premiership side BR Highlanders is on the brink of relegation and it will be a blessing in disguise if at all it could happen.

The other battle is at the bottom four which has Palapye All Stars rooted at the bottom with 12 points with Tonota FC on position 11 with 16 points. Serowe side Tsabotlhe is also skating on thin ice with 17 points on position 10. All the teams with the exception of Tafic and Tonota have played 18 games.

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Mason Greenwood attempted rape charges dropped

2nd February 2023

Charges of attempted rape and assault have been dropped against Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood who was arrested in January 2022 after the allegations emerged.

The 21-year-old was arrested in January last year amid allegations surrounding images and videos that emerged online.

He was later charged with attempted rape, controlling and coercive behaviour and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The Crown Prosecution Service said the charges were discontinued after a key witness withdrew their involvement.

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Raphael Varane announces retirement from international football after 10 years of service.

2nd February 2023

The Manchester United defender will now focus on his club career having made 93 caps for France, appearing at three world cups and on European championship. The Les Bleus won the World cup in 2018 and Raphael Varane started all but one of France’s matches in Qatar as they finished as runners up to Argentina

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Finally, sponsors jerk BFA

30th January 2023

With many being of the view that the state of football in Botswana has deteriorated significantly as it is no longer appealing to the business community, this was a good week for the football community. The Botswana Football Association (BFA) leadership under the stewardship of MacLean Letshwiti secured sponsorship for a combined value of P19. 3 million for the FA Cup competition and the First Division league – both South and North.

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