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Stimulating First Division North off for recess

The exciting Debswana First Division South reached the half way mark last weekend but broke off for Christmas and New Year holidays.

The league has so far produced fireworks as the country’s Goliaths clashed with the Davids and – much like the Bible narrative – -the Goliaths fell flat like the wall of Jericho.

Currently the Mmankgodi-based Black Forest is leading the pack with 25 points from 10 outings followed by Rolling Boys who have accumulated 21 points from 10 games also. The top four are complemented by the duo of Mogoditshane Fighters and Notwane who have 17 and 15 points respectively.

Although the Thaloba “Machine” Nthaga’s Rolling Boys are putting pressure on the log leaders, it appears the dangerous Black Forest, who have been consistent for the past three seasons, are poised for promotion to the elite league.
 

The team which just like premiership side Orapa United has made their More-motala home ground a fortress as every visiting side meets their Waterloo there.

In their away fixtures the team has ensured that at least they get a draw. Last weekend, they managed to win a tough match against their arch-rivals Letlapeng by 3-2, after again downing another giant, Prisons XI by a solitary goal in a game many predicted would be the end of the Mmankgodi train.

The team also prides itself in that they have re-united with their gaffer who promoted them to the First Division and due to work commitments has been transferred to the northern part of the country.
 

Quality wise the team has proven that if they want they can surely rub shoulders with the likes of Township Rollers, Gaborone United and BDF XI next season, their captain and former Rollers player is the live wire, he can be likened to former France great Patrick Viera.

However, the only thing that could derail the team could be their seemingly poor run in the second round of the season, a factor which still gives other horses hope in the race.
 

Both Fighters and Notwane, the seasoned campaigners who have been in the premiership, started the campaign on the wrong footing especially Fighters who shocked many by registering a draw against the rookies and relegation- bound Black Rangers of Tsabong.

As for Notwane they also didn’t start well under the mentorship of Toba Mothuba but after roping in the much experienced Kaelo Kaelo, the team looked like they had found the right formula but they have now lost the plot again.
 

The last time they won was when they thrashed Sharps Electrical 2-0 but have since been recording draws.
UF Santos who missed the play-off spot by a whisker last season are also not convincing that they will replicate last season’s showing but they are banking on the prospects of the second round downfall of Forest.

The dreaded axe is looming over Black Rangers who only registered a single victory against Sharps.  They have only managed six points and are destined to follow their brothers Ghantsi Terrors who performed below par last season.

Last season’s hot boys of Modipane United together and Prisons are also treading on thin ice. Mochudi Rovers who gained promotion were the team to watch at the beginning of the fairy tale but are now receding. They are lying in eighth position with 14 points.

The league will resume at the end of January.

Meantime their Northern counterparts are still kicking the pigskin though it is expected they will similarly break off after this weekend’s fixtures.

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