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Coach upbeat ahead of Zambia clash

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FIGHT CHANCE…The national football team is in action Source:The Midweek Sun

Botswana national  women’s  football team has experienced a see-saw start at the ongoing Confederation of University and Colleges Sports Association (CUCSA) games.

The local women lost their first game 3-0 against South Africa on Monday, but that did not discourage their quest for a healthier position. On Tuesday local team dusted itself off the next day to claim a 1-0 victory against a well-decorated Zimbabwe side at Lekidi Football grounds.

Although their position will be determined by the results between South Africa and Zimbabwe, the girls have to be ready for battle in their next game against Zambia tomorrow (Thursday).

After their hard-earned 1-0 victory against Zimbabwe, the girls will enter another fray against Zambia where they will bring all the arrows in the quiver, Assistant Coach Malete said in a recent interview.

“We have to take every game as it comes but we need to give this one against Zambia special attention. We need to improve our position from the last tournament.” Malete is of the view that his girls are combatants who don’t waiver to pressure and they can carry the ball. He believes they will come down on their opponents like a ton of bricks.

“We showed character during our game against Zimbabwe but I instructed them to keep building patiently, a goal will come our way,” he said, after they rescued three points at the end. However, Malete said the girls are psychologically and physically prepared for the pulsating game against Zambia.

“We will come with a better game plan as we did against Zimbabwe who we had a chance to see in action, we also saw Zambia so we know how to plan for them too,” the tactical coach said.  Botswana faces a wounded Zambia side who lost 4-0 to Zimbabwe, who also guise as a toothless dog considering their start to the tournament. Botswana vs Zambia will kick off at 1100 hrs at UB stadium on Thursday June 21.

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Zapata takes charge

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TAKING CHARGE: Zapata assumes his position

Township Rollers Head Coach Rodolfo Zapata was this past Tuesday in charge of the team’s training session, a first since he was appointed Rollers coach in November 2018.

Sun Sports has been reliably informed by sources that were present at the morning session that the Argentine coach was at the grounds and it was all clear that he is now the man in control of the team.

Zapata was made to jump through hoops before he could finally take over the reins at Rollers. First he had to battle with his former club, Gaborone United to cancel his active working permit with the team. The matter dragged for more than a month.

When GU finally gave in, Zapata’s qualifications as a coach were questioned. This came as shocking given that Zapata is GU’s former coach. Nevertheless, a source within Botswana Football Association (BFA) circles has told this paper that Zapata was cleared by CAF last week. As things stand Zapata will be expected on the bench this coming Friday when they play Notwane. If not, then his first job will be the Mascom Top 8 Semi-final against GU next week.

The Rollers management could not be reached yesterday as their phones rang unanswered and repeated efforts revealed that the team spokesperson, Bafana Pheto is currently across borders.
Meanwhile, Zapata’s arrival comes at a crucial time following Rollers ‘s embarrassing defeat to the hands of rivals Jwaneng Galaxy this past weekend. Galaxy cut short the endless winning streak of the defending championships to serve them their second loss since the beginning of the league with a score line of 3-1.

Of late , unconfirmed reports suggest that players had grown impatient with the caretaker coach, Thabo Motang. They differed and questioned his decisions on the pitch. Motang is now reported to have gone back to the department he knows best, goalkeeper coach.

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Moluba wants a replica of previous success

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PLAY MAKER: Moalosi is a prolific goal scorer

Township Rollers influential midfielder, Edwin Moalosi confirmed his ambitions to help his team to repeat their run in the previous season to win both Botswana Telecommunication (BTC) Premiership league and the Mascom Top 8. Moluba as he is affectionately known said this after their 3-1 loss to Jwaneng Galaxy at the National Stadium this past Saturday.

Rollers 2018/19 BTC league campaign have been impressive thus far as they are still at the summit of the log despite their loss over the weekend. The Galaxy loss was their second, having lost to the other mining team, Orapa United. However, they have already reached the semi-finals of the Mascom Top 8.

Moalosi told Sun Sport that this season is not going to be a walk in the path, “It is not easy being the defending Champions as you become the team to beat, every team will try hard not to give you space to play or attack hence all the games we play become a mammoth task,” said Moalosi.

Moalosi further stated that being eliminated from the Confederations of African Football (CAF) Champions league early was a blessing in disguise, “We are now out of the CAF Champions league and we can now focus on doing well in the domestic league and cup tournament (Mascom Top 8).

In addition, we need to double our efforts as players so that we reach our ultimate goals,” he said.
Quizzed about his individual goals as a player despite picking so many injuries this season, he said, “Injuries are part of the game, it only depends on every player as to how you respond to it, I am always positive regardless of the circumstances I come across. I want to increase my goal tally and hopefully improve my assists as well,” explained.

However, Jwaneng Galaxy Captain, Olebogeng Malebye who scored a marvellous curler on the day said they are going to give Rollers a run for their money this season, “We are going to fight to death to try and leapfrog Rollers and eventually win the league as it has been our aim for a long time. And finally, we managed to beat them after a very long time trying with no success,” said Malebye.

Jwaneng Galaxy’s season is slowly improving as they are now second on the log, and Orapa United seems to be struggling a bit but the league is still open. Another round of BTC Premiership league matches is expected to continue this coming weekend with a couple of interesting fixtures to look out to including Township Rollers and Notwane FC on Friday at Molepolole and Security Systems and Mochudi Centre Chiefs on Saturday at the same venue, just to mention a few.

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