BDF X1 Coach Elijah Chikwanda will this Sunday face his former club Nico United in Mascom top 8 Cup Semi Final first leg encounter at SSKB.
After he parted ways with the BCL sponsored team due to poor results, Chikwanda has a point to prove to his former employers.
The Selibe Phikwe side has progressed to Tse Ditona semis for the first time since its inception.
Speaking to Voice Sport this week Chikwanda said it is not going to be difficult to prepare for Majombolo as he has worked with them before. He said he knows their strengths and weaknesses.
“Our win will depend on how players approach the game and I believe they are determined to bury their opponents.
I am new to the team but so far so good in terms of players’ response to my techniques,” he said.
Despite losing 1-2 to in a top of the table clash against Township Rollers over the weekend, Chikwanda was adamant that their rote to the final is guaranteed.
“We played well over the weekend and with a little bit of luck we could have won the match,” he said.
Matebele will be without midfield grafter Patrick Motsepe who was sent off last weekend against Gaborone United.
For his part Majombolo Public Relations Officer Kgakgamatso Moreri said Chikwanda is in for a shocker come Sunday.
“Since the arrival of new coach Kenneth Mogae most of our players have rediscovered their form,”said Moreri.
He said the arrival of lanky former Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Tafic defender Bogosi Nfila and Extension Gunners striker Mponang Mponang is an added boost.
“Hopefully Mponang will be in the coach’s plans; XI will have a new customer to think about,” he said.
Mogae’s side has also acquired the services of Innocent Sekunyu, Onalenna Moalosi and Molwantwa Nkagelang.
“With Mogae’s experience we hope to bring this cup to the north for the first time in history,” said Moreri.
As the only team from north left in this competition, Moreri called on all supporters from other teams to give them support as they will be representing the region.
On the other hand the defending Champions Gaborone United will lock horns with their city rivals Township Rollers.
Football fans will be up for a treat as the Gaborone derby never fail to produce sparks.
Popa Popa General Manager Setete Phuthego said all is well in their camp except that their South African player Manqoba Ngwenya is on suspension following two yellow cards.
League log leaders Rollers are chasing a cup double this season. With their league campaign well on track a win against Major David Bright’s side will put Madinda Ndlovu’s side with reach of the season’s goal.
“We had a terrible cup campaign last season.
We want to do better, fight with all we have so that we can reach the finals,” said Phuthego.
Phutego however aired his displeasure with the availability of playing grounds in Gaborone which saw the fixture moved to Moleplole.
“There is no doubt that it is going to be an exciting encounter, but the venue may affect supporter’s turnout,” he said.
The former Premier League General Manager said despite starting the season poorly, Rollers managed to bounce back and collected some vital points to be on top.
“We brought in a couple of new players and with the tactical acumen of coach Ndlovu, the boys are beginning to gel.
Kickoff is at 1600hrs.