With only a week left prior to the much-anticipated first edition of the BTC Charity Cup – a one day soccer extravaganza – the race among Premier league clubs to claim and cement a spot to participate in the Charity Cup has heated up.
BTC is sponsoring its inaugural Charity Cup. The last such tournament – Kabelano Charity Cup – took place three years ago.
However, the BTC Charity Cup voting competition so appears not to be going well for the traditional dominant sides likes Township Rollers, Extension and Gaborone United. Serowe-based outfit Miscellaneous and Jwaneng Galaxy are currently posing a threat having emerged as pace setters.
‘Tse Nala’, as Miscellaneous are affectionately known to their die hard supporters and lovers, have emerged as top crowd pullers arising from their most successful premier league season in their history
Miscellaneous and Mochudi Centre Chiefs have led the pack for some time. Rollers, Gunners, GU and Jwaneng Galaxy have not been consistent in the voting and it will be interesting to see who ultimately makes the cut. Four top teams with votes will qualify for the one day spectacular. This tournament will set the tone for the upcoming 2018/19 BTC Premier League season that starts on August 18.
Local football analyst Bapati Mmotlenyane said with Miscellanous being front runners shows that they are focused on excelling in the top flight league.
Mmotlenyane said: “Gunners and Rollers are the chief contenders for both second spot. Expect Gunners and Rollers to thrust themselves vigorously. With the amount of outreach and hard work put in by Miscellanous mobilising their fans to vote, this is going to be close”.
He said the competition as it tough, interesting and surprising.
“Well, I think it is not just a case of having a large support base but the supporters who are active in such activities and for a team of Mochudi Centre Chiefs magnitude or GU respectively their recent on-and-off field woes are proving to be too costly,” charged Mmotlenyane.
He said by Chiefs, GU and Rollers’ support base, their votes are not satisfactory.