The recently appointed BDF XI coach Letang Kgengwenyane is aiming for top honours with his club this season and is confident his charges are up to the task of mesmerising opponents. He said they have not discounted possibility of clinching the beMOBILE Premier League title.
He said in an interview this week that his technical team is working round the clock to fine tune the team for better results. “Our aim is to improve BDF XI from where it was last year. The team won the Mascom Top 8 and finished second in the league; we want to do better than that this year,” said Kgengwenyane.
According to him the team is beginning to show signs of improvement towards what they want as the technical management. “When we took over this team was not bad but it was different from the one that I left a year ago. Some players had left and now lack of experience has surfaced,” he explained. BDF XI are currently on position 5 in the league.
Kgengwenyane coached BDF XI before and the team played very well under his command. Every season the team improved its position in the log as well as in the Top 8 competition. In the 2012/13 season BDF XI finished in 3rd position while the following year they climbed to the 2nd spot. The team has always shown improvement and determination as even in the Mascom Top 8 they finished as runner ups during the 2012/2013 season then went on to win the competition the following year.
Kgengwenyane said the team may have been not doing well in the 2014/2015 season mainly because of lack of fitness. He pointed that “every coach has his focus and I believe in fitness and commitment for the team to do well”. He said the team’s level of fitness was very low when he took over but everything is beginning to take shape now.
The coach is confident that the team will continue to improve, saying they aim to finish in first position this year in the league. However, for BDF XI to win the league they will be having a fierce competition from the defending champions Township Rollers who are in a tremendous form.
The army side is also looking at retaining their Mascom Top 8 champion which they snatched under Rollers’ nose last season. To prove that they can hold on to the championship, BDF XI will have to pass through the wounded Rollers in the semi-finals.
BDF XI coach said this is going to be a very difficult and interesting game for them. He, however, pointed out that his team will reproduce the 2014 finals form to beat Rollers and proceed with defending their title. “Rollers are on a great from at the moment but we are preparing for the Top 8 match as well as the league games with vigour. Even the players are showing total commitment and this is promising,” said Kgengwenyane.
As Mascom 8 champions BDF XI will be playing in the 2015 CAF champions’ league. This provides the team the opportunity to gauge their ability against the rest of Africa.
According to Kgengwenyane playing in the CAF championships would been a great opportunity for them to show the rest what they can do. “If we go to the CAF games, we will be going there to set the standard in Africa that Botswana teams can compete and do well at these competitions,” he said.