Mboowa, Ndugga miss out on championship as Botswana League ends prematurely

SINAN RAJUB SENOGA

Ugandan players Ivan Mboowa and Lawrence Ndugga have missed out on the Botswana Premier League championship following a premature end of football activities in the South African country.

Mboowa’s side Township Rollers and Ndugga’s Orapa United were in a close title contention with Jwaneng Galaxy who have been declared champions by the Botswana FA.

” The Botswana Football Association National Executive Committee unanimously agreed to end the football season. In ending the season, the effect is that the team at the summit is crowned champions and the teams at the bottom of the table are relegated.”

Reads part of the BFA statement.

Ivan Mboowa in action for Township Rollers (Photo/Courtesy)

Botswana’s hopes of resuming the league were dealt a huge blow after the country reinstated a total lockdown in the capital of Gaborone following 12 new COVID-19 cases.

Jwaneng Galaxy who were previously coached by former Vipers tactician Miguel Da Costa Duarte, were leading the table at the time of the prolonged break with 41 points, one better than Township Rollers and Orapa United.

Lawrence Ndugga (with the ball) scored a decisive goal that sent Orapa United to the Mascom Top 8 (Photo/Courtesy)

Township Rollers were second while Orapa United were third separated by goal difference.

Ndugga has been one of the best performers in the league and guided Orapa to a Mascom Top 8 title in February.

The table standings also imply that Prisons XI FC finish sixth with 32 points. Prisons XI is home to Ugandan duo of Deus Bukenya and Martin Opolot.

Former Vipers midfielder Deus Bukenya in action for Prison XI FC (Photo/Killerpass)

Former Vipers and Express winger Nasir Mbabali was also turning out for Extension Gunners FC who finished 12th.

Consequently, TAFIC SC, Molepolole City Stars and Miscellaneous FC have been relegated to the Botswana First Division.

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