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Sharps visit Gunners



COMPELLING ENCOUNTER: Gunners will rely on Kgetholetsile when they face Sharps

BTC premiership outfit Extension Gunners welcomes the menacing Sharps Shooting Stars at Lobatse Stadium this coming Saturday.

The match between Mapantsola a Peleng and Bafana ba Zola promises to dish out nothing short of the thrills and spills of football at whistle blow. Sharps, under the watchful eye of coach, Raizor Tsatsilebe has been a pain in the neck for most premier league teams.

In fact, after nine games, Sharps is perched near the top of the log standing, appearing all-comfortable in position three and admiring log leaders Township Rollers and second placed Orapa United.

Having been promoted to the elite league last season, Sharps is undoubtedly shaking waves. They managed to finish the 2017/18 season amongst the top 8 teams, that earned them automatic promotion to the popular Mascom Top 8 tournament at first try.

Fast-forward to the 2018/19 season, Sharps only tasted defeat at the hands of defending champions, Rollers in week 4 of the league fixtures. This past weekend, Sharps served BDF XI its first ever loss since the start of the season. A cold and brutal 3-0 defeat.

When Bafana ba Zola walk into Lobatse Stadium, it will be a scary affair given the support base of Gunners when in home ground. Anything can happen on the day. However it remains to be seen if Sharps have the guts to continue the upsets they have been throwing around town.

Gunners on the other hand is also monitoring the situation very closely, it does not look all bad for the Peleng giants. Gunners is equally capable of spoiling Sharps’ little party by humbling the fast-paced team with a convincing victory. They are expected to come into the Saturday game still in jovial mood after their win against Black Forest this past weekend.

Mapantsola are on position six of the log standings after game nine with 16 points. Coach Enos Mmesi of Gunners knows exactly what is at stake, losing points while at home ground might come back to haunt them in future. So far Gunners have lost three games and drew one.

A loss against Sharps can only complicate matters for Gunners given that they are scheduled to meet another success hungry Jwaneng Galaxy in week 11.

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Zapata takes charge



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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