BDF XI have beefed up their squad for the 2016/17 season, infusing young blood to stand up to competition. Among the young talent in their books is Kobamelo Kebaikanye whom they have loaned from Township Rollers. BDF XI spokesman Pius Kolagano said they have requested for the services of Kebaikanye who though a very good player has not been getting game time at his team. He said BDF XI management is still in talks with Township Rollers in order to make sure that unlike Masule, Kebaikanye plays all games even when they are up against Township Rollers.
“We are doing this because everyone knows that Kebaikanye is a high quality player and we want to make sure that we give him the chance to retain his form and do the best that everyone knows he can do,” he said. BDF XI Coach Louis Setshwane said they have had a long pre-season because of the extensions that were made, which helped them build their team and cover all necessary preparatory stages. He said they aim to finish in the top 4. He said they will make sure that they build a strong team that will sweep everything away next season. Setshwane said the inclusion of the striker Roger Kumbee Katjieo from Namibia is one thing that they hope will do their squad justice because the striker was one of the two top goal scorers in Namibia by end of season before he came to Botswana.
“I think that is the man who will do it for us among those that we have also acquired and the senior players that have been here,” he said. Chairman of the team Brigadier Lawrence Rapula said they have 13 players that are civilians in the squad while 12 are soldiers. On whether they are not looking for sponsors Rapula said they will grab any opportunity that comes their way in terms of sponsors. “If an opportunity like that comes along with someone who is willing to be a good friend of football, we can’t say no,” he said. Team captain Kumbulani Madziba insisted that they are ready to fight for the league title and are well prepared for it.