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Phikwe Volleyball team collapses

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The relocating of Selibe Phikwe ladies Volleyball Club coach from Phikwe to Kang has since collapsed the club. In fact, the team has moved swiftly to withdraw from the second round of the ongoing Mascom Volleyball league.

The former coach Makgetla Gareanna told this publication this week that the club collapsed due to lack of commitment by members. He said none wanted to take the responsibility of the team hence the outcome.

“Everything was there, money and transport but they never made it to the second round, my departure did not come as a surprise, I informed all that I will be relocating,” Gareanna said. Asked if the team had no assistant coach to take over, Gareanna said that he was assisted by a volunteer who could not be trusted with the full responsibility of the team because of his young age.

He explained that his team was made up of school going players and the assistant was in no position to reason with the school authorities to release the players. The shattered coach said he loved his players and saw potential in them, however it was now beyond his control. “If all goes well, I will form a volleyball team this side and see what Kgalagadi has in store for me,” he said. For his part, Botswana Volleyball Federation (BVF) Development Officer Peaceful Seleka confirmed that indeed SVC has withdrawn from the league. He said that the Phikwe based club explained that they could not continue with the league and asked to be excused. Seleka said that it was unfortunate that a team easily crumbled because the coach was transferred elsewhere. He said this went a long way to expose that the support system was not enough in Phikwe.

“They often missed games; we tried our level best to retain them in the league however it soon became evident that the team could not function anymore,” he said. Seleka added that it did not help that the team Secretary Onalenna Nare was also transferred to Serowe saying the team needs regrouping to survive.

Meanwhile,Mag Stimela are leading the ladies league log with 34 points while Yaros limp at the bottom with only 9 points. The army men of BDF VI are dominating the men’s side with 46 points while the Desert Kings are yet to win a game and languishing at the bottom with 16 points.

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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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