The 2018\19 BTC Premier League season will start with three former premier league sides in Notwane, Prisons X1 and BR Highlanders making a return to the top flight league. Will they survive the onslaught or it will be yet another rough year for them. BAKANG TIRO previews how the season will unfold.
All the clubs have been engaged in serious preparations for the upcoming season. Some have sought to reinforce their squads with new players and coaches in a gamble to be well prepared for the grueling season.
The defending champions Township Rollers dominance will this season be more likely to be challenged by the likes of Jwaneng Galaxy, Orapa United and Mochudi Centre Chiefs with all this sides having been under Rollers’ shadow for some time with Jagdish Shah’s side having dominated the league race in recent years. They have won the title three seasons in a row.
It will be interesting to see whether the newly promoted sides will survive in this highly competitive league. .
Although it is too early to pick and predict the championship winners teams such as Rollers, Galaxy and Orapa United are early favourites. These teams have been consistent in the past three seasons and given the resources at their disposal there is no doubt that they will put in glittering performance once more this coming season.
Rollers will be looking to defend their title and the Nikola Kavazovic-led team will have better edge because of the CAF Champions league exposure. On the other hand, Jwaneng Galaxy will also have a good run for their money following their employment of a Portuguese coach Manuel Da Costa.
Sport analyst Bapati Mmotlenyane maintained that Rollers are undoubtedly front favourites for the league title. Their acquisition of Mothusi Cooper and Tumisang Orebonye has added more fire power to an already fully charged machine.
He picked Jwaneng Galaxy as the closest challenger to Rollers. “The team however has to be consistent for them to push Rollers all the way. Orapa United are more capable of winning cup competitions than the league itself. Chiefs and GU they will still struggle a bit this coming season but given the current crop of players they both stand a chance to finish in the top 6 bracket,” he said.
Extension Gunners’ continuous managerial merry-go-round has always provided short- term success and the question remains how long before the wheels come off the tracks? Gunners have since elected a new committee led by Tariq Babitseng as a Chairman and have roped in Enos Mmesi as the team head coach to be assisted by former Chiefs assistant coach and player Pontsho Moloi.
The recently promoted sides have been quite in the transfer window so far. In the opening games, Notwane will take on Security Systems and will be looking to solidify their stay in the premier league status after a good run in the first division from where they gained automatic promotion.
BR Highlanders will face Police X1 at Serowe Sports Complex while Prisons X1 will play Jwaneng Galaxy.
In the other fixtures Orapa United will host BDF X1 at Itekeng Stadium, Mochudi Centre Chiefs will play Gunners, Rollers will face Black Forest upon arrival from the CAF Champions league game against KCCA of Uganda. On Sunday the only scheduled game is between Gaborone United and Sharps Shooting Stars.