be Mobile Premier league braced for kick-off
The countdown is on to the start of the new be Mobile Premier League which is due to kick–off on 21 August.
With the opening fixtures throwing up some interesting clashes, the hope is that the excitement generated by the World Cup will spill over into the Premier League and see a significant increase in attendances.
New boys Black Peril will start their campaign against defending Champions Township Rollers at the University of Botswana ground. Miscellaneous and Tasc will lock horns in Francistown while Nico United will be home in Selebi- Phikwe against Motlakase.
In a battle of the forces Police X1 will welcome BDF X1 at their Otse base. Extension Gunners will play in a derby against rivals BMC, whilst traditional rivals Notwane and Gaborone United will be in Molepolole.
On Sunday there will only be two games – the Francistown derby where Tafic will lock horns with ECCO City Greens and Uniao Flamingo Santos will be up against Mochudi Centre Chiefs.
One major disappointment is that the new stadia will not be ready for the start of the new season. The newly refurbished National Stadium in Gaborone, newly constructed Lobatse and the Francistown stadiums are not available. This means the league will have to do with old council Lobatse stadium, Molepolole Sports Complex, Otse Stadium and SSKB stadium for all their assignments in the south.
In the north though two more teams have gained promotion to the Premier League there won’t be any new additional grounds to beef-up the Selebi-Phikwe and Francistown stadia.
At the Botswana Football Association assembly over the weekend the Tswapong region chairperson Fobby Radipotsane expressed his disappointment that the two teams from the central region Motlakase Power Dynamos of Palapye and Serowe’s Miscellaneous will still have to play their home games away from home.
Radipotsane wondered why the Serowe Sports Complex could not be used for Premier League matches as it was used for the first division and the Coke Cup last season. He said the relevant authorities should help re-grass the stadium, as it was only the playing surface that needed attention.
“We need to be careful so as to avoid having a lot of deaths on our roads with spectators travelling to games. As well as Serowe the Motlakase stadium in Palapye is nowhere near completion,” Radipotsane said.
The Serowe Stadium was closed a few years ago after operating for less than five years when it emerged that it was built on unsuitable rich clay soil. Buildings at the stadium cracked and there were problems with the ground as well.