A series of entertaining clashes are expected as the fight for P700 000 prize money for the Orange FA Cup enters the last 16 round of tournament.
A draw was conducted in front of multitudes of football fans at Mogoditshane Mega Save Shopping Complex on Thursday where Extension Gunners pulled from the hat Township Rollers – making it the biggest fixture of the tournament at this stage.
The first two teams to come out of the pot were Miscellaneous and Police XI, meaning they will play each other on the dates and venues to be announced.
But it was the Gunners and Rollers draw which excited most fanatics. Just a fortnight ago the two sides met in a BTC premiership match where Rollers humbled Gunners 4-1.
Fresh from a famous victory against another city giant in Gaborone United in the same competition, Gunners have a mammoth task to dispose off Rollers and progress to the next round of the tournament.
It will be interesting to see how Pontsho Moloi’s tactics will work against a team which condemned him to one of his worst defeats in the premier league.
According to football analyst Thato Kgosimore, the Gunners/Rollers fixture will once again showcase Botswana football’s growth since it is going to be a great game in the history of the cup.
“This is a mouthwatering clash. It’s not going to be easy for either team. Last time Rollers defeated Gunners during the league action and coach Moloi went back to the drawing board. I believe he picked what went wrong so he will be going all out for Rollers. Gunners sent GU packing in this tournament through hard work and so should Gunners bring the same mentality and spirit to Rollers then they have a big surprise for them,”said Kgosimore.
Another fixture to lookout at is Sand Diamonds against Orapa United which gives Orapa United a chance to end the season with silverware
First Division side Jwaneng Fighters will face Mochudi Centre Chiefs in a stern test for the Jwaneng side. With Chiefs currently struggling in the Premier league and facing possible relegation, Kgatleng giants are looking at posting better performance in the cup to give their fans something to smile about.
Kgosimore believes there are some of things that need to be improved in the competition.
“There are some teams that played their home games away from home; that should be revisited because it deprives those teams a chance to play in front of their fans. The man of the match prize should be also considered because players need money not airtime as some of clubs are struggling financially. But in terms of support I can’t complain because supporters are coming in droves,” he said.
Rollers vs Gunners; Centre Chiefs vs Jwaneng Fighters; BR Highlanders vs Security Systems; BDF XI vs Notwane FC; Kazungula Fighters vs Tafic FC; Jwaneng Galaxy vs Sankoyo Bush Bucks and Sand Diamonds vs Orapa United