The Mascom Top 8 competition organisers have announced the dates for the cups’ semi-final first leg. The games will be played during the last weekend of January 2017. Orapa United will on January 27, 2017 host Township Rollers at the Francistown stadium at 2000hrs. On January 29, 2017 BDF XI will take on Jwaneng Galaxy at the National Stadium from 1645hrs.
Preparations are said to be going on well for all four teams, as they sharpen their arsenal for the P1, 2 Million prize money. Rollers spokesperson Bafana Pheto said they are ready for the semi-finals. Pheto said their aim this year is to win the Mascom Top 8 Cup; hence they are working hard to prepare for the coming games. For the past three years Rollers has been runner-ups of the competition. “This year we have set an objective to win the cup. So we are working really hard at training to prepare for the win,” said Pheto.
However Rollers face a tough challenge in defending champions Orapa United. The Orapa-based side beat Rollers by 3-1 win in 2016 to snatch the championship from just under their nose. Preparations are also well for United as the team is looking to successfully defend their cup. United’s spokesperson Tebatso Hule said the players are working round the clock preparing for the match.
Hule said they are ready to reproduce last season’s result. “You can look at our track record and you will see that we mean business,” said Hule. The soft-spoken Hule is adamant that his steam will be going out to defeat Rollers in the semi-finals before proceeding to win the cup.
The Mascom Top 8 semi-finals promise a mouth-watering encounter for local football lovers as teams will be out to prove a point to each other. In another match where BDF XI will be taking on Jwaneng Galaxy the army side will be looking to return to glory time. On the other hand the Jwaneng out-fit will be trying to reach the finals and probably lift the cup for the first time in history.