Galaxy gun for league title

SHARE   |   Monday, 10 April 2017   |   By Othusitse Tlhobogang
Galaxy gun for league title

Newly crowned Mascom Top 8 champions Jwaneng Galaxy are fired up for the BTC premiership honours. Galaxy are currently in a good position to challenge for the title. The Jwaneng side is currently in position two with three points behind log leaders Township Rollers. However, Galaxy Chairman Njabulo Gilika said they will not be pressurising themselves to win the league. Though Gilika does not totally take the league out of the picture he said they will be taking each game as it comes and winning the league will be a bonus for them. “The league is a marathon, so we will be taking each game as it comes. We will not be pressurising ourselves to win the league,” he said. However, he believes that with the team they have if they can keep the form that the team has shown over the weeks they can win the league. Galaxy started the season on a low note but eventually found its form and held on to it. The chairman differed with those who said the team was struggling at the start of the season, saying it was the teams they played at the start that saw them at the bottom of the log in the first five or so games. In their opening five games Galaxy played Orapa United, Rollers as well as Gaborone United. “Any team that could have started with such opposition would have found themselves at the position we were,” he explained.    

Gilika said they are happy that the team is achieving the set objectives. He said the team came into existence to challenge for championships in all the competitions locally. So far Galaxy have won the Mascom Top 8 Cup, bringing great delight to the team followers and management. Gilika, therefore, revealed that they are now looking at establishing a developmental structure that will feed the team to help it in its targets. “We want to put up a very strong developmental side that will help us produce quality players for the future. We are also looking at establishing relationships with teams from other countries so that we can have exchange programmes with them,” he said, adding that they are working to build strong developmental side that will help keep Galaxy grow further. Most local clubs do not have developmental sides, but Galaxy want move away from that by investing in young talent. On whether Galaxy will be playing in CAF competitions next year, Gilika said it was too early to tell if the will be taking on Africa or not. He, however, said it is their plan to play in CAF to further test the capability and strength of the team. He nonetheless said they are still to meet and take a decision with stakeholders on the way forward. “We all know that going to CAF requires a lot of money so we still have to meet as the team and also meet sponsors to discuss the matter. If all goes according to plan our aim is to play at CAF.” Galaxy are the second Debswana-sponsored team to qualify for CAF competition after Orapa United last season. Early this year Debswana released a P1.3 million sponsorship for Orapa to play in the CAF championships. Galaxy are hoping that they will also benefit the same way.       

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