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The Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) has launched its 2018 Youth Sports Tournament sponsored by Med Plus Medical Centre at the tune of P22 000 at the Church’s Tlokweng premises recently.

Officiating at the event, the Assistant Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development, Dikgang Makgalemele gave AFM church a pat on the shoulder, saying sport helps strengthen relations in and outside the church.

Makgalemele applauded the AFM youth sport initiative saying it will not only keep youngsters busy but will also assist them to be healthy. More to that, he said companies such as Med Plus deserve special appreciation as they help in grooming future sports stars through such sponsorships.

Med Plus board chairperson, Oatlhokwa Nkomazana said they are in their fifth year in partnership with AFM youth tournament and the intention is to keep assisting on an annual basis. She revealed that coming into 2018, they have increased the sponsorship with close to P 8000 since the partnership.

Nkomazana said with funds permitting, they will also like to include the elders’ category although at the moment they are impressed by the response of the AFM youth. “We have witnessed immense growth of the tournament and have also seen the level of professionalism during the games.  There is an increase in the number of sporting codes participating and we desire to see every young person reaching their full potential,” she said.

Still at the event, the tournament organising committee chairperson, Gaolatlhe Medupe revealed that the games will be played on the 4th of August and codes that will be participating include Volleyball, Netball, Football and Basketball.

Medupe noted that participating teams include the Molepolole, Block 7, Mogoditshane and the host, Tlokweng branch. He said they are currently constrained and efforts made to engage other branches have not been fruitful.

Medupe said the sponsorship will be used to prepare for the games by the participating teams. They will cover transport and catering expenses as well as buying trophies and medals.

Nevertheless, he pleaded with the community saying they need all the assistance they can get, “We pay officials from Botswana Football Association (BFA) and Botswana Volleyball Association (BVF) to officiate during games.  It also does not help that the stadiums rented cost an arm and a leg and we have to dig deep into our pockets,” he said.

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Well-endowed Galaxy

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FIRE POWER: Galaxy await Rollers

It is only the third week of the 2018/19 BTC Premiership and things are already heating up. Leading the charge is a marauding Jwaneng Galaxy who have already thrown a heavy-handed gauntlet at their rivals after recording a highly impressive 10 goals in just two games.

Galaxy’s intention has been made clear this season after leaving their first two opponents with bloody noses and tails tucked between their legs. The former Mascom Top 8 champions are in a relentless war path with the premier league title on their radar. This weekend, Galaxy host bitter rivals Township Rollers in Jwaneng in what is expected to be a football grudge match. Rollers have been a prickly thorn in Galaxy’s quest to claim the premiership silverware for the past two seasons.

This means the weekend fixture will be the most compelling of the new season. However, Galaxy seem to be packing more heat coming into the Saturday fixture having annihilated both Prisons XI (5-0) and Security Systems (5-0). Galaxy are currently occupying first position alongside second place Sharps Shooting Stars at six points apeice. The game against Popa this weekend will be a litmus test for Galaxy. If the Debswana backed side beats the reigning champions they will establish themselves as potential contenders for the 2018/19 title honours. On the flipside, a loss against Rollers will only mean the first two games were short of a bluff.

Pound for pound Mapalastina have the best squad in the domestic league but a new look Galaxy are well endowed in their own right. In an interview this week, Galaxy spokesperson Tankiso Morake said they played Rollers three times last season and all the games ended in a draw. “Remember we played Rollers in the Mascom Top 8 in Lobatse,” an up-beat Morake said. Morake further said they expected their new coach to receive his permits and start manning the bench when they play Rollers this weekend. “Our supporters have told us that they expected nothing less than league honours this season.” Morake attributes the positive result to a great pre-season.

“You will remember that there was a fake list in the media indicating that we have parted ways with most of our players. You can see that the likes of Ayanda Molefe and Isaac Paeye are still part of the team. There is a lot of competition in our team because we mostly have young players in the team including Lebogang Ditsile who played at Highlands Park in South Africa.” Furthermore, Morake conceded that Rollers are a strong team but argued that they will win the games from the technical bench. “You will remember that we started the last season back tracking but this time things are different.”

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Bridge team fails to impress

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The local team comprised of under 16, under 21 and under 26 categories. In an interview this week, BBF spokesperson Mbakiso Malilo did not mince his words when he described the team’s performance as terrible with all the three teams failing to qualify for the quarter finals.

“Making it to the quarter finals was our target following a good showing in the online championship by our junior team. I believe we can work on improving the playing standard for kids (under 16) as they still stand a chance to compete in the under 21 and under 26 categories for future championships,” he said.

However, Malilo explained that the local youth team gained a lot of experience as the played against more advanced rivals. Quizzed on challenges they faced with a predominantly youthful team, Malilo said: “the trip was too long and for most of the players this was their first experienced of travelling such a great distance. The jet lag ended up affecting the team’s performance as they showed signs of fatigue.” Malilo said their objective was to train young players and give them exposure to the game early on.

“We managed to network with bridge power houses like the Netherlands. Official from the European country expressed interest in training our kids through bridge clinics and enhancing the standard of play and bidding.” Malilo said they selected the junior team that travelled to China through local tournament that was held in Gaborone earlier this year. The tournament was attend by mostly tertiary school students and out of school youth in the junior and youngsters’ category. For the under 16 category we invited student from secondary schools.

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