ARMY MAJORS LEAD THEIR TROOPS TO WAR
Football lovers are expected to come in mass to witness two army Majors put their combat tactics on show this Saturday at Lobatse stadium.
The weekend’s Mascom Top 8 final between BDF XI and Gaborone United could turn out to be one of the best cup finals if the hype is anything to go by.
Major David Bright and Major Letang Kgengwenyane go head to head for the P1 million price. But for the two coaches the match will be about more than just a cheque.
There is pride at stake, and for Bright a loss against his former player and subordinate would be hard to swallow.
On the other hand victory for BDF XI will even be sweeter for Kgengwenyane who was forced to leave United to make way for the revered Bright.
The two teams have registered important victories ahead of the Saturday clash which will be televised live on SuperSport 9.
The full strength GU walloped Tafic 5-1 in Francistown on Tuesday while BDF XI had rested their key players in their 2-0 win over BMC.
Speaking to Voice Sport after their match against Tafic GU Coach Bright said their game against Tafic gave them the much needed match practice.
He said their win has also given the boys confidence after drawing with Miscellaneous over the weekend.
Bright said he used his key players to give them game time and were under strict orders to play with caution to avoid injuries.
The former Engene Santos and Bay United mentor in the South African Premier Soccer League said he has his eyes set on both the Cup and the league championship.
“A game of football is full of surprises,” he said.
He said he anticipates a tough encounter against the soldiers as they are on form. He said technically Matebele are a good team.
Bright said they have prepared thoroughly for the army side who powered their way to the finals in style scoring 11 goals.
The master tactician as an early psychological ware fare declared that they go into the game as under dogs.
It is a somewhat unlike Bright, who is known for being pompous and at times outright arrogant.
The man nicknamed Fakuda said he was happy that almost all of his injured players are back at training save for Makundika Sakala and Bakang Moeng who are set to return next year.
“Jomo Moatlhaping who was nursing an injury has fully recovered and will be up for selection,” he said.
XI’ headcoach Kgengwenyane played hide and seek with this reporter for the entire Wednesday afternoon after promising to give an interview, the former GU mentor switched off his phone.
Perhaps one of the strategies picked from his combat book.
However the club’s Public Relations Officer Peo Keatlholetswe said they are hungry for some silverware as the last time they won a competition was when they were crowned Coca Cola Champions in 2004.
The army side has been on a nine year drought.
“We lost to Township Rollers last weekend and I suspect it was because players were focused on this final,” she said.
Keatholetswe said she was happy that the side managed to pick themselves up from that loss and won against BMC.
“And to think we were only using our reserve side,” she said.
The BDF XI PRO further said they knew that GU had sent some of its officials to spy on them hence the decision to leave some key players out.
“We wanted to hide our technical plan.
I cannot say we reserved our key players because we have a pool of potential players,” said Keatlholetswe.
She urged BDF supporters to attend the game in large numbers so that the sponsor can also benefit.
Results for the past games
GU 4 Nico 1 Aggregate
GU 6 Rollers 3 Aggregate
Botswana Defence Force X1
BMC 2 vs BDF 3 Aggregate
BDF 8 Chiefs 3 Aggregate