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Bell tolls for Galaxy

Moorosi Tsiane

AROUND this time last year, Galaxy supporters and players were biting their fingernails with anxiety of getting promotion into the Econet Premier League, seemingly begging opponents (Litšilo) who were breathing heavy behind them to go easy and let them qualify.

When the A division League ended the Thabang Busa coached outfit indeed got the promotion into the elite league.

However, during the winter transfer window, there was nothing much reported from the Galaxy camp regarding their preparations for the new life in the elite league. This was a chance for the side to add a few experienced players or technical team members into their team.

When the 2018/19 Premier League season roared into life, things got very difficult for the Hlotse outfit as they registered a string of poor results after losing three consecutive matches against LMPS, LCS and Liphakoe. They registered their first point when they held Matlama 1-1.

However, just when we all thought that the team was improving then boom-squabbles involving the coach and players. Some of the key players even boycotted some games including the first round 2-1 loss to Lioli.

Fast forward to today, Galaxy are still where they were when the league started and may need to start begging for mercy just to remain in the league.

Galaxy are anchoring the 14-team league table with eight points after winning just two matches and drawing two and losing a massive 11. To make compound their troubles, they host on song Kick4Life this afternoon.

Second from the bottom is struggling Swallows with 10 points while third from the bottom is Majantja also with 10 points from followed by Linare with 17 points.

The difference between Galaxy and both Swallows and Majantja is just marginal but of the three teams, only one will survive if their fortunes do not change.

Who will survive the chop?

Many will argue that a league is a marathon and 11 matches are too many for a team to avoid relegation especially when they are only separated by two points with Swallows and Majantja who are 13th and 12th respectively.

The truth is that time is slowly ticking and if Galaxy do not solve whatever problems they are having now, they may not survive from relegation.

Looking at both Galaxy and Swallows, there is a semblance of lack of preparation for league football and their respective managements have failed to help them.

Galaxy’s failure to sign any experienced players in the just ended transfer window only makes matters worse.

If Galaxy owner Tšepo Nteso wants his team to succeed, he needs to be brave and appoint administrators who will help him run the team so that the coach can focus on the technical side of the game.

That will help him avoid friction between players and their coach as happened when they boycotted matches.

The side also needs an experienced coach to work with their technical trio of Busa, Lehlohonolo Mokhele and Lebakeng Lebetsa to help the team survive.

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