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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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Heelang, hands off journalists!



In our last edition, we touched on athletes who need to be media savvy, however it appears the vaccine needs to be administered on sports leaders too.

There is a highly contagious disease spreading rapidly in the sports space with those in power having a wrong perception of owning the media or somehow entitled to publicity. Such people want to literally dictate what should be broadcast or published, fa ba bata go go nyantshetsa o utwa gotwe, write and send back so I crosscheck.

That equals disrespecting and undermining a journalist to the lowest level; it is more like wanting to teach a scribe how to do their work. If you are in a wrong profession at your respected workplace, please kindly send in your Curriculum Vitae (CV) to newsrooms, you might land that Editor- In Chief position. Then there are those who will make scribes feel like they signed a death warrant, why did you not cover my event? You are not reliable; you are only good at chasing certain individuals. Heelang! Stop crucifying journalists, they do not owe anyone anything and realistically speaking cannot cover everything to please all.

Oops and there are those who never want anything bad or controversial associated with their name. They start off as bosom buddies, discussing ‘non offensive’ issues and once in a while a compliment thrown their way. Once the dark days come knocking and gears are changed, suddenly the same journalist ke moloi wa meno a 4 mo ganong. Really now? So, all along the witch was not visible and now that the tables have turned and it hurts like never before, things have become clearer? Perhaps, you forget what the real job of a scribe is? You cannot befriend a journalist my friends, if you do, then something is seriously wrong! Expect the good together with the bitter taste of unwanted publicity.

There is also a time when the scribes are labelled bomma dijo le bo Rradijo. To an extent that you even emphasize that there will be food at your events, so the more the merrier! I agree, generally only a few can say NO to free food but it becomes a bit untidy when you put a food price tag to your events. Ga re gane, there are some colleagues with a huge appetite and they are not even shy about it but isn’t it that there are people like that all over.

Le re tshabisa go ja, please! Another trend, initially good but now disturbing is that of organisations spoiling some rotten journalists by travelling with them to certain places, all expenses fully paid for. This includes food, accommodation and transportation. Things then become cozy when a drink or two is thrown in, nice but at what expense? Is it out of good will or tantamount to bribery?

Some associations tend to confuse it all with rubbing off bad publicity. Kgantele e nna, ao laitaka, o lebala o robetse ko Cresta Hotel ke go reketse biri? A guilty conscience then kicks in and stories are shelved. It is only a few that manage to look beyond the fancy trips and royal treatment and uphold journalism principles. Better you spoil journalists but without undue expectations, accept both the bad and the good coming your way.

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Abidal punches ticket to TS Galaxy




Township Rollers’s defensive Midfielder Gape ‘Abidal’ Mohutsiwa has confirmed that he will be plying his trade at South African based TS Galaxy next season.

This follows rife speculation that Mohutsiwa’s deal with Galaxy might have somehow fallen off. The strong suspicions came about last week when the national first division side communicated the team’s new signings. Local based players of Mosha Gaolaolwe, Thero Setsile and Ezekiel Morake were mentioned in the list and Mohutsiwa’s name was suspiciously omitted. As if that was not enough, the team went on to show off pictures of the trio signing contracts with the team management but still no mention of Mohutsiwa.

Speaking to Sun Sport this week, Mohutsiwa explained that he had seen the communication but made nothing from it. “I am still going because even my work permit is ready, all is well and there is no need to panic,” he said.

The 22-year-old pointed out that TS Galaxy had informed that they will communicate dates to join them in South Africa. He is expecting their call anytime after completing the season this coming weekend.

“I also saw those pictures with the management and its is not like they signed the contracts last week. I suspect that they were just appreciating the performance made by my fellow colleagues Morake and Setsile during the COSAFA championships staged in Durban South Africa,” said Mohutsiwa.

The young Abidal as he is well known is convinced that the TS Galaxy management was just ‘boasting’ about the kind of talent they are bringing to their team. “I did not perform to the best of my ability during COSAFA championships but I cannot say they were neglecting me, I am actually fine with it,” he said.

Mohutsiwa added that as young as he is, he believes that he has a lot to offer and the intention is not to return home in a year or so. He has been signed for three years and the expectation is that he completes his term and perhaps find other lucrative deals out there.

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