With or without a television deal, the beMobile Premier League gets underway this Friday evening.
Botswana Premier League Chief Executive Officer Bennet Mamelodi told Voice Sport on Wednesday afternoon that the issue of broadcasting rights was yet to be concluded.
“I can’t confirm whether the weekend matches will be broadcast on television, but anything can change before this Friday,” he said.
The league gets under way with a mouthwatering fixture that’s has pitted Lobatse giants Extension Gunners and new look Gaborone outfit Township Rollers.
The match will be played under flood lights at the National Stadium.
A fortnight ago; against all odds Gunners surprised the expensively assembled Rollers, knocking them out of the Barclays Kabelano Charity Cup something that did not go down well with thousands of the Blues supporters.
“Our victory a few weeks ago makes the Friday night match even more tougher,” said Gunners mentor China Matlhaku.
The youthful Gunners humbled Mapalastina, who were fresh from an intensive training at the Royal Bafokeng High Performance Centre.
Matlhaku whose side can’t compare has been dogged by crisis mainly due to lack of money said he expects Rollers to be all out for revenge.
“We can’t afford to go the expensive gyms but, we are still able to do a lot of physical training at our ground,” Matlhaku said.
“Every team wants a good start to the season and I know Rollers are coming for the kill,” he said.
Both sides have brought in new players during the August transfer window. Rollers signed 14 players while Gunners brought 13 new faces to their fold.
Notable signees for Rollers include former BMC’s lanky striker Kenanao “Flo” Kgetholetsile who is expected to lead Madinda Ndlovu’s front line.
Another player expected to bring immediate results is former Uniao Flamingo Santos and Mochudi Centre Chiefs attacking midfielder Godfrey Ngele.
Surprisingly Ngele did not have enough game time at Chiefs under the current Rollers coach Madinda Ndlovu, but with limited options on the bench Ngele might just be what the doctor ordered for the Blues.
The Rollers loss in the Kabelano Charity Cup has done little to boost the club’s supporters ahead of the new season.
Loyal fan, Sam Rakgowa said, he has not been following his club since they lost in the cup.
“I intend to go to the training ground on Thursday. I realy don’t know what to expect this season,” he said.
Meanwhile Gunners Chairman Kitso Dlamini is visiting different regions around the country with the aim of resuscitating the club’s Branches.
Speaking from Maun on Wednesday evening Dlamini said he is visiting the Branches to inform them about the club’s position on privatization.
“The next day I will be in Gantsi on the same mission,” he Voice Sport.