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COPA Tourney receivees P800 000

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SIX FIGURE…BISA has been sponsored to run the COPA tourney Source:The Midweek Sun

Global soft drinks giant Coca Cola has sponsored the 2018 COPA Coca Cola soccer tournament at a whopping P800 000. The sponsorship announced this week in Radisele village is mainly   for procurement of soccer equipment such as balls and kits for players.

Speaking at the launch, the Assistant Minister of Basic Education Thato Kwerepe said the government remains the primary supporter of sports in schools, however efforts from private entities like Coca Cola are always commendable.

Addressing stakeholders and members of the press, Kwerepe said government alone cannot develop sports in the country and applauded sport associations who go out of their way to ensure the smooth running of school sport. The minister said the partnership between BISA and Coca Cola dates back to 2014 and the soft drinks company has since splashed over P3 million on the soccer tournament.

Kwerepe said the impact of the sponsorship has been felt in schools, adding that it was through the tournament that Botswana discovered renowned athletes such as Mogakolodi Tsotso Ngele, Thato Kebue and Gorata Mogakolodi. For her part, Coca Cola Senior Brand Manager Tamar Mbalo said the soccer tournament has made an impressive mark on the lives of thousands secondary school pupils, their families and communities throughout Botswana.

She explained that the road has been a very successful one, which they are very proud to partake in. Mbalo said the tournament has managed to produce former senior national team players Jomo Bolofete and Noah Kareng who are now grooming young footballers locally. Furthermore, she explained that through the COPA Coca Cola tournament, they have been sowing seeds of football everywhere for the good of all. In addition, Mbalo said participants of the tournament have a chance to play in regional tournaments pencilled for later this year. “This development will see youth sharing experiences and bridging the gap between those in different countries and continents.

We continue to be proud sponsors of this initiative which is a long-term investment in our youth and the future,” she said.Speaking during the same occasion, BISA president Joshua Gaothobogwe  said they organise competitions for 12 sport codes, with that they need all the support they can possibly get. Gaothobogwe mentioned that currently BISA activities are 100 percent funded by the Ministry.” The BISA annual budget hovers around P10 million however we only get around P1 million from the ministry, this means most of our activities suffer,” he said.

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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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