The people of Francistown and surrounding areas are to continue enjoying more football as Mascom Top 8 semi-finals are set for their city. The semi-finals will be played on the weekend of 19-20 February 2016. The games were initially set for 26-28 February but were moved as it fell on the CAF Champions League dates. Three of the four matches will be played at the Francistown Sport Complex while one will be played at Itekeng Stadium in Orapa. The stage for the prestigious tournament is set and teams are ready to battle it out for the P1.2 million price money.
This comes at the wake of reports of the closure of the National stadium for upgrades at the end of this month. However, the development steered mixed feelings from the football supporters. It looks like all the semi-final matches will be played in the northern part of the country. Those in the north are grateful of the development as it brings more flair to their door step. For a long time football lovers from the north had to travel to the south for big matches and now things are slowly turning around for them. However, on the other hand, those from the south are up in arms.
The first game will see Mochudi Centre Chiefs up against Township Rollers at 2000hrs at Francistown Sports Complex. The highly awaited game is expected to produce fireworks as both teams are thirsty of grabbing the Top 8 Cup. Chiefs have never won the cup and will be looking to rewrite history. On the other hand Rollers, who have been on a drought of silverware for the past two seasons, will be aiming to go through to the final where they can end their drought. For the past two seasons Mapalastina, as Rollers are affectionally known, have lost in the final.
This season they made it clear they want to regain the glory times and become happy people again. The second game between Orapa United and BDF XI will be staged at Itekeng stadium in Orapa. This combination is also similar to the first one as Orapa united has never won the Top 8 cup while BDF XI have been on a drought of silverware. It is a game which expected to be on fire from the first whistle given the form of the two teams. All the second leg matches which are slated for 2-3 March 2016 will be played at the Francistown Sports Complex.