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Gunners playmaker aspires for greatness

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BIG DREAM: Sitang wants recognition

Extension Gunners impressive winger-cum playmaker Ogomoditswe Sitang (27) aspires to be the best player in the country and believes he has to work extra hard to realise his dream.

Sitang expressed this after their remarkable 2-0 win over Black Forest in a Botswana Telecommunications (BTC) Premier League clash, where he was amongst the goal scorers on the day at Lobatse Sports Complex this past Saturday.

Gunners who seem to be slowly finding their footing with a couple of decent games lately, and now perched at the 7th spot on the BTC Premiership log, are hopeful to at least stay inside the Top 8 by the end of the 2018/19 league campaign to ensure their participation in the Mascom Top 8 tournament.

Sitang, who once passed through Uniao Flamengo Santos and Police XI ranks told Sun Sport that he is taking one game at a time. “I do not want to put pressure on myself but I want to eventually be able to play for any big team for financial stability and general growth as a player,” said Sitang.

Quizzed about his wishes to play for the national team one day, he said; “It is every player’s dream to represent his country at some point but it needs a high level of determination and hard work in every game we play so that we stand a better chance of being selected to the national team,” he said.

On the other hand, the former Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Botswana skilful midfielder, now interim coach at Gunners Pontsho ‘Piro’ Moloi said blending experience and youthful players is slowly paying off though it is still early.

“It is still early to get excited but I think we are on the right track, surely, we will improve as the league progresses. The youth are learning a lot from the experienced players and I believe we are playing beautiful football that has been absent in our shores for years, however there is room for improvement,” said Moloi.

Nevertheless, Moloi looked to be unsure of his future at Gunners, “I cannot say I will take over the reigns as full time Gunners coach yet, I only coached a few matches and I must not get excited. We will see what will happen as time goes on,” he explained.

Meanwhile, the relegation bound Black Forest gaffer Reetsang Letlotlo said his side’s struggles are caused by lack of more experienced players, “Most of my players are still new in the elite league hence it becomes difficult for them to deal with pressure, but I am working on that; even though the time is not on our side, we need to start collecting points,” he said.

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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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