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Chiefs chases Ghost

The race for promotion to the Botswana Premier League will go down to the wire until the end of the season. Although Holy Ghost are the favorites to secure the top flight slot, other teams still have a chance to catch them.

Currently, Holy Ghost are leading the First Division South table with 41 points from 20 matches. They are two points ahead of second-placed Mochudi Center Chiefs. Furthermore, with two matches remaining, the race for the second promotion spot is still very tight.

Since its inception in 2009, Holy Ghost has been able to grow into a successful football team. The team’s development under the leadership of coach Oupa Kowa has been one of the most significant factors in the club’s success.

Last weekend at Holy Ghost Park, Mochudi Center Chiefs deferred the currently log leaders’possible crowning, as they beat them by 1 goal to nil courtesy of Khumoetsile Kufigwas header in the second half goal was enough to hand the Kgatleng giants the much-needed three points.

The result of the match between Magosi and Holy Ghost has set up a thrilling end to the league season. There are several permutations – If the two teams were to win their respective matches, it would have given Holy Ghost the league title and ensured that they would be promoted to the Premier League. On the other hand, if Black Forest were to win their remaining matches and Mochudi Center Chiefs were to lose, it would leave the former with a chance of securing the play-off spot.

The match between Holy Boys and Matebejana will be held at the Special Support Group (SSG). With two matches remaining, Oupa Kowa’s side will need to win both of their remaining matches to guarantee promotion – their destiny is in their hands.

In the recent three games, Holy Ghost has been inconsistent – they have registered only one win, one draw and their latest defeat to Kgatleng giants, Center Chiefs. However, their success is attributed to the defense which has conceeded only 9 goals so far.

On the flipside, after spending the past couple of seasons in the lower division, Centre Chiefs is eager to return to the top flight next season. This year, they have assembled a young and talented team that is capable of challenging for the First Division league title, as evidenced by their win against Holy Ghost.

The contributions of players such as Kufigwa and Arnold Mampori have been instrumental in helping Magosi secure 39 points from the 20 matches that they have participated in this season. They have only allowed 9 goals to be scored.

Meanwhile, Black Forest are currently occupying third position with 37 points, which gives them a near chance to secure them a place in the promotion playoffs. They are currently two points behind Magosi and are hoping that either Santa Green or Eleven Angels will slip up and allow them to take the second promotion spot.

FIRST DIVISION NORTH – A WRAP

On May 14, 2022, Nico United Sporting Club was promoted to the Botswana Premier League, wrapping the First Division North campaign. This was the club’s long-awaited achievement.
On the same day, Eleven Angels’ defeat at Chadibe Football Club allowed Majombolo to secure a place in the Premier League.

The result of the match between Maun Terrors and the second-placed team ensured that the latter would not be promoted. It has been five years since the Selebi-Phikwe based Football Club was relegated from the Premier League. For the residents of the area, the team’s promotion was a great achievement.

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