The mining town of Jwaneng will once again host beMOBILE premier league games during the 2015/2016 season following the promotion of Jwaneng Galaxy to the elite league. When the team was formed a year ago its main aim was to play in top flight league the following season and they have achieved that.
Galaxy had made their intentions to move to premier league known from beginning of the first round of the Debswana First division south league. The team’s spokesperson Kealeboga Ramogobya said this week that they have always known that they will be playing in the premier league next season.
He said they have been preparing for this since the beginning for the season and they are ready for the challenge. According to him, their main aim during the 2015/2016 season will only be to avoid relegation and seal a place in premier league. “We do not want to put any pressure on the players and the coach with high expectation,” he said.
He said since they have been doing things knowing that they are a premier league side and hence everything is now in place. However, he did not overlook the need to beef up the squad to make it ready for the topflight affair. They will soon hit the market after the coach names players that he would like lured to the team. “By mid-May the coach will have produced his list and we will be going shopping to beef up the team”.
He is confident that the team will is going to premier league to stay. He said this is what the players have always been looking for and motivation and morale are very high. “Most of these players have played in the premier league before and they have always wanted to go back there. This is their chance and they will not let it slip out of their feet and get relegated,” he said. Ramogobya said their plan this season is to avoid relegation and then the next one fight for a Top 8 finish and eventually challenge for the championship.
Surely the Jwaneng outfit has gotten their inspiration from Orapa United who are currently enjoying their stint in premier league. The two teams have a lot in common. They are both backed by diamond giant company Debswana and have been formed after the amalgamation of teams from their respective towns.
Even sport commentators always believe that Galaxy have a good chance of surviving in the premier league. Jimmy George said looking at the squad Galaxy seem to be ready for elite football. “They have proved to be a very good side with experienced players and I think even psychologically they are ready for the challenge,” said George.
Benjamin Radimo also gave Galaxy a thumps up to succeed in Premier league looking at the experience the team have. According to him, it is this experience that got them where they are and that they also have a good coach who knows what is needed in premier league. Galaxy coach Oris Radipotsane has a vast experience having coached premier league teams as well as junior national teams.
The two analysts however feel that the team still needs to reinforce the squad to improve their depth. They said at least two or three players are needed especially in the striking force. “I heard that Mokgathi Mokgathi may join them and a player like him will be a good addition to their campaign next season,” said Radimo. He and George anonymously agreed that the Jwaneng-based team will be able to survive in the premier league.