Prisons and Notwane establish First Division South lead
By KAGISO FOX PHATSIMO
Prisons XI and Notwane FC have established themselves as front-runners in the Debswana First Division South League, early in the campaign. The clubs have registered maximum points in their opening 2 fixtures, and are joint leaders on the Log table with 6 points each.
In their recent games which were played on Saturday 9 September, the duo not only won, but managed to keep clean sheets for a second week running.
Notwane beat Mochudi Rovers 2 - 0 at SSG Grounds in Gaborone in a convincing victory for Toronto. It’s so far so good for the sleeping giants, who have set a clear target of gaining promotion to the Premier League next season. Toronto started their campaign by winning 1 – 0 against Lesirane City away in Mogoditshane.
Prisons beat new comers Red Sparks 1 - 0 in a closely contested game at Red Sparks Ground in Tlokweng. Taelo Nthomiwa’s goal inside the 15 minutes proved to be decisive. The visitors held on despite a spirited attack from the hosts in the second half.
The result means Prisons, like Toronto, have now scored 3 goals in 2 games. They registered a 2 – 0 win against another newly promoted side, Black Rangers, in week 1 of the Debswana First Division South. There’s still a long way to go but Prisons have something positive to build on, as they attempt to push for promotion.
In a post-match interview on Saturday, Prisons head coach, Philimon Makhwengwe, said Red Sparks were not easy to beat. He however mentioned that he anticipated their play, direct football, and his boys responded well.
“It was a tough game. Every team that plays us will double their efforts and it was evident in how spirited Red Sparks were. They play direct football and we know about them, we were fully prepared for their forward approach hence they could not penetrate us,” Makhwengwe said.
“It was a beautiful game and I have to applaud our opponents for a good contest. I hope they maintain this and face every other opponent with the same enthusiasm. If Red Sparks vary their play and include wing attack in their approach they will do well.”
Prisons were tagged draw specialists last season after registering 15 draws in 22 games. But, Makhwengwe is looking ahead this term and wants to collect maximum points in the first 9 games.
“Our first two games were tough. Playing against teams from lower divisions is never easy. They mark tightly and don’t allow your players to settle on the ball. That man-marking approach of theirs, forces you to change things, and sometimes play the type of football you are not accustomed to,” Makhwengwe said when asked about what he has learned so far.
“My focus is to collect maximum points in all the games I play, no matter how difficult it is. I have learned from our first 2 games that if you don’t score more goals you will never be comfortable in a match. We need to rehearse and sharpen our attack from now on.”
In their next two games, Prisons face Matebejane before playing against Notwane, in what could potentially be a top of the table clash if both clubs maintain their good form. Makhwengwe believes the next 2 games will give him a picture of how strong his squad really is.
Elsewhere, newly promoted Black Rangers shocked Black Peril and won 1 - 0 in Tsabong, and Mogoditshane Fighters suffered an unexpected 2 - 0 loss at the hands of rookies Broadhurst United in Mogoditshane. Hosts Modipane United beat Lesirane 1 - 0; while Letlapeng and Matebejane shared the spoils in a goal less draw in Ramotswa.
Debswana First Division South Week 3 fixtures
Saturday 16 September 2017
Lesirane City vs. Mogoditshane Fighters (Lesirane) 1600Hrs
Prisons XI vs. Matebejane (SSG) 16ooHrs
Mochudi Rovers vs. Modipane United (Mochudi) 1600Hrs
Red Sparks vs. Black Rangers (VDC) 1600Hrs
Broadhurst United vs. Black Peril (Sharps) 16ooHrs
Letlapeng vs. Notwane (Otse) 16ooHrs