Tsabong Black Rangers Ready for First Division

| May 18, 2015

Tsabong Black Rangers chairman, Mbaki Baliki says his team is ready for tough competition in the Debswana First Division South league next season.

Rangers will make their debut in the second tier of Botswana football after winning the Debswana First Division South promotion play-offs in Gaborone on Sunday (May 17).

Mochudi Rovers were also been elevated after finishing the play-offs in second place. Rangers battled from two goals down to beat Sweet XI 4-2 in their first match on Saturday morning (May 16).

The team from Kgalagadi South then narrowly beat Hukuntsi Sand Diamonds 3-2 in the afternoon, and sealed first position by holding Mochudi Rovers to a goalless draw on Sunday.

Rangers would become the first team from Tsabong for 15 years to campaign in the first division after Desert Nxau was relegated in the 200001 season. Baliki said although things will be tougher in the first division, they will plan well and ensure they make a good impression.

“We will beef up our squad and ensure that we have enough resources for the tough battle in the first division. The team will also continue to train twice a day as it has been doing,” Baliki said.

The chairman said their target was to maintain their status in the first division next season, adding that it has always been their ambition to play in the first division.

“When our management took over we decided to strengthen the squad and fight seriously for promotion. Our team has been in existence for a long time, but has been playing second fiddle to Desert Nxau in the region. We did not give up even though we failed to reach the play-offs on numerous occasions,” Baliki explained.

He said after building a competitive squad, they sailed through the Kgalagadi South league undefeated. After winning the league, the team finished top of the western block play-offs a fortnight ago. They then topped the final stage of the play-offs to book a berth in the first division.

“We were well prepared for the play-offs. When we departed Tsabong we were sure that we would get positive results. We did not want to lose a single match. We are unhappy that we have drawn the last match because we wanted to go back to Kgalagadi with nine points,” he added.

The chairman said the team was successful because it has been working hard, with two daily training sessions, even though they were still amateurs.

He said their players who were unemployed train in the mornings before being joined by those who were working for afternoon sessions.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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