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Communication gremlins delay AYG preparations

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CALM DOWN...BNOC CEO Tuelo Serufho Source:The Midweek Sun

Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) is reported to have left sport codes in the lurch this past week when they sought assistance to prepare for the Africa Youth Games (AFG) billed for July 19th in Algeria.

With only two weeks left before the games, BNOC is alleged to have told all sporting codes that preparatory games towards the AYG should be put on hold pending a final decision from the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture (MYSC) committing to budgetary issues. This meant that all codes that had planned preparatory activities for the weekend had to cancel.

The announcement caught some sport codes off guard as some of them intended to travel across borders. According to sources in some codes that have been affected, the communication between associations and the BNOC was poor. They argued that BNOC never bothered to alert them on the challenges they were facing with the Ministry.  Instead they did not communicate well in time.

“We were shocked to receive news to stop with the preparations yet some of us were already in Gaborone because not all of us reside in town,” said the concerned source. According to the source, the situation inconvenienced their plans as they were left without answers and they found it hard to explain to the affected athletes. More to that, the teams are made up of school going children and some of them were forced to miss classes while preparing for trips that never happened.

Reached for comment, BNOC Chief Executive Officer Tuelo Serufho conceded that they experienced delays on their side. However, he said all pending logistics have been sorted, “Preparations will go on as scheduled, we have made minor adjustments and I can confidently confirm that some codes have travelled to South Africa early this week while some will depart during the week,” Serufho said.

Serufho said the BNOC   is hoping that no permanent damage was done given that the delay was for a day or two. He revealed that the final team list heading to Algeria would be finalised and announced tomorrow (Thursday).

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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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