The trio faces the final day showdown



It is a very close race, since after 29 league games, only two points separate the three title chasers. Leading the way is Jwaneng Galaxy, seeking their second consecutive league title and third overall, with 62 points. The Township Rollers are one point behind the Miners with 61 points in a bid for a record 17th league title. Gaborone United (GU), meanwhile, are two points behind the Galaxy and are seeking their eighth league title. The Galaxy were winning the title until the Botswana Football League (BFL) prosecutor awarded points to teams that honored league matches during the January club revolt.

The decision, which brought Galaxy closer to the title, also put GU back in the race with three rounds remaining. The reigning champions, however, suffered a dip in form as they failed to win in their last three games. Galaxy drew against title rivals Rollers and GU, and were also relegated to Holy Ghost. The Reds took the brunt of the BFL decision as they failed to drop points in the last two games until a midweek draw against the Galaxy. The Rollers, on the other hand, are riding a four-game winning streak to stay in touch with the leaders. The Blues have the best run of the three title contenders, having scored 13 goals in their last few games. The final day will focus on three battlefields in Jwaneng, Gaborone and Francistown on Saturday. Galaxy are home to Orapa United at Galaxy Stadium while the Rollers are away at TAFIC at Obed Itani Chilume Stadium while GU host Holy Ghost at Dinaledi Football Academy Stadium.

Permutations Reigning champions Galaxy can accumulate 65 points if they emerge victorious in a must-win match against Orapa United. A draw would mean the Galaxy would need the two Gaborone giants to pick up points on the final day. The Rollers, on the other hand, can get up to 64 points and will need the Galaxy to lose, while a Galaxy draw against the Ostriches would also do the Blues a huge favor. GU, on the other hand, will need a big favor from both TAFIC and Orapa United for both teams to win their respective matches over the weekend. The Reds can only reach 63 points this campaign.

Words from the bench

Pontsho Moloi (GU) “We can only play our game. We can only play the last game by ourselves and play the last game by trying to win the game. Whatever happens, happens. So we can only do justice to ourselves and play the game to win the match. We will go to Espiritu Santo to try to score more goals and win the match,” Moloi said on Wednesday. Morena Ramoreboli (Galaxy) “We will get to the last game even though it will be difficult. We will do our best to make sure we are proud. We will work hard for this league and we cannot let it slip away at the last minute, because things are difficult, but we will everything we can to make sure we get a positive result,” the South African coach said after the midweek match against GU.

Innocent Morapedi (Rollers) “Nothing has changed since our first training session at the beginning of the season. We want to win the league. This is a team that wants to win the league. We will do everything in our power to win the remaining game,” Morapedi told MmegiSport after last weekend’s victory over the Galaxy. Although the battle lines have been drawn, the BFL is yet to announce the prize money for this campaign. The three matches will begin at 3:00 p.m.

How it looks heading into the final day: PWDL GD Pts Galaxy 29 19 5 5 27 62 Rollers 29 18 4 4 35 61 GU 29 18 6 5 28 60

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