Notwane Sporting Club president Tebogo Sebego says his team is not returning to the elite league to add numbers but to compete meritoriously.
This follows Notwane’s 3-0 win over Mochudi Rovers over the weekend giving Sechaba as Notwane is popularly known, automatic promotion to the elite BTC premiership league. They are currently on pole at Debswana National First Division South (DNFDS) with 47 points, six points ahead of second placed Prisons XI with only one game before the curtains fall on the DNFDS.
Speaking on the sidelines after their game against Rovers, Sebego noted that he expects Notwane to give teams in the BTC premiership a run for their money. “Notwane is a big brand and I think it was always a given that once in a while, giants have to fall but true giants will always rise. Notwane had to fall in order to re-engineer itself and they are going to the league, not to add numbers but to compete effectively,” said the former BFA president.
He said it was his mandate to ensure that Sechaba returns to the elite league. “I came in specifically to ensure that Notwane gains promotion and goes back to the elite league,” he said. “What was important for me was to implore administrative strategies and beef up the team at the same time motivating it. I knew that I have the right strategies and intellect to help Sechaba gain promotion.”
Sebego went on to highlight his excitement at how everything went according to his plans, “it is however worth noting that it was a challenging season. We had mixed results here and there but I knew we are going to win. One other thing that worked for us was bringing in Pio Paul who I believe is one of the best coaches in Botswana; he is just not given a chance.”
Quizzed on whether he will continue with the team as the president, Sebego said “my mandate with the team was for one year. I don’t know what the supporters have in mind and my job for now is done. It’s really for the team to decide what the way forward is, the only thing I need to do is to give the team a blue print of what they need to do to survive in the elite league.” He said for him it’s not about positions the passion he has for football, “I honestly wish someone can come and lead the team, I will support that person, I mean I am a Notwane supporter and I don’t mind being just a supporter.”
Notwane takes on Lesirane FC this Saturday in their last DNFDS encounter before they head to the elite league. They were relegated to the dusty grounds of the DNFDS in 2015 and have finally staged a comeback to the elite league. It is however not all over for the second placed Prisons XI as they will play in playoffs against whoever finishes second in the Debswana National First Division North (DNFDN) to determine which third team gains promotion to the elite league.
BR Highlanders on the other side also gained automatic promotion from the (DNFDN) to the elite league after defeating Great North Tigers 1-0. They are sealed in the summit of the DNFDN with 45 points; the league is also left with one game to go. The DNFDN is however still interesting as the team to join Prisons XI in the play offs is yet to be known with the battle between Sua Flamingoes and Motlakase Power Dynamos. Sua Flamingoes is placed second with 41 points whereas Motlakase Power Dynamos is third with 40 points and the duo’s last encounters are to decide who joins to playoffs.
Sua Flamingoes will clash against Francistown City Greens this Saturday whereas Motlakase Power Dynamos will play against Mahalapye Hotspurs.