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Lesh eyeing a return to big league

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Two seasons ago, central midfielder Lesego Galenamothale was revered as one of the best players in the BTC premiership.

Back then Galenamotlhale affectionately known as Lesh, was playing for the struggling Mochudi Centre Chiefs but his individual brilliance often stood out. The player’s antics saw supporters across the league calling for the then national coach Peter Butler to include Lesh in the national team call up. It was not long before a richer rival teams spotted Galenamotlhale’s talents and snatched him from the sinking Magosi.

The player’s move to rival Orapa United, over a year ago broke the hearts of the Magosi faithful and held so much promise for the midfielder’s future. Nevertheless, Galenamotlhale did not shine and carry his previous form over to the Ostriches. During his tenure at Boteti the box to box middle fielder was rocked by a career threatening injury, which led to the termination of his contract with Orapa. In an interview with Sun Sports this week, Galenamotlhale gave an update on his injury and what the future holds for his career in the premier league.

“I hope to start training by the end of February or March. That is the time period my doctor gave for recovery,” the player revealed. The player said there are a number of clubs that are currently interested in securing his services. Some of these teams include Gaborone United, Chiefs, BDF XI and Police XI. Quizzed on whether he could return to his beloved Chiefs, Galenamotlhale said: “Anything is possible.”Despite the abrupt termination of his contract at Orapa, Lesh insists he was happy at Boteti. “ I do not regret leaving Chiefs for Orapa because I was trying to earn a living.”

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Selibe Phikwe bowls club faces closure

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Selibe-Phikwe Bowls Club faces a possible collapse, Sun Sports has learnt. This follows the closure of the BCL mine back in 2016, which has seen the club struggle without the supply of electricity and water.

Speaking to this publication this week, the chairperson of Phikwe club Oabona Motladiile said that things have been stagnant since the mine closed doors. “Nothing is happening here, there is no action at all because when the mine closed, it meant there was no one to pay for the water and electricity bills,” Motladiile said.

Motlaadile explained that their grounds are situated at Area 2, a place that the mine paid all bills for, however it has since proved very hard for them to maintain the green that needs constant watering. He said they do not have any alternative facilities to use and have since informed the Phikwe council about their difficulties but still solutions have not been found.

The Phikwe Chairman at the time of going to press said he was not sure of the exact figures they needed on a monthly basis but around 20 000 litres of water and electricity not exceeding P 1 000. He lamented that the Phikwe club is one of the oldest clubs locally and at one point had about 30 members. However, numbers have been dropping because there is no action.

“We are a very competitive club of men and women who make it into the national team,” he said. John Gaborutwe who is the BBA Vice President said that the possible closure of Phikwe Bowls Club was one of the topical issues to be discussed during the BBA Annual General Meeting (AGM) this coming weekend. The affiliates will be expected to vote for a new Vice President, Treasurer and Director of Bowls as the term for the current office bearers expires.

The AGM will be followed by the start of the Rose Bowl tournament. The tournament is the 1st of the 5-series major tournaments for the 2019 season. The remaining tournaments will be held in Francistown, Orapa, Jwaneng and Phikwe respectively. Jwaneng club is the defending champions.

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BFA FIRES BRIGHT

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Allegations coming out of the Botswana Football Association (BFA) are that national football team head coach Major David Bright has been fired as of Tuesday this week. The illustrious veteran tactician took over from Englishman Peter James Butler more than a year ago.

At the helm of the Zebras, Bright struggled to bring home positive results and find winning combinations. Having failed to lead Zebras past the qualifying stages of the 2019 Afcon competition was the first sign of trouble for the veteran coach at Lekidi. Furthermore the experienced tactician was expected to improve Botswana’s position in the FIFA world rankings. The Zebras are currently in the lowly 145th position.

According to sources close to the matter, Bright was handed a termination letter and challenged to show cause why he should not be relieved of his duties at Lekidi. As one of the most decorated coaches in both Botswana and CAF region, Bright has coached numerous teams including South Africa’s Bay United, Gaborone United and Morupule Wonders.

Reached for comment on the matter the BFA president Maclean Letshwiti insisted that the former army man is still in charge of the senior national team. For his part Bright said he could not comment on the matter and referred Sun Sport to the BFA.

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