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ZEBRAS ONE HOOF INTO THE FINALS

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After miraculously booking a place in the semifinals of the COSAFA Cup and with the dream to become regional champions now takimg shape, the Zebras will fight tooth and nail to book a place into the finals of the regional showpiece when they take on Lesotho today.

The Zebras are scheduled to play Lesotho this Wednesday afternoon in a Semi Final battle of the ongoing 2019 COSAFA Cup staged in Durban, South Africa. They advanced to the semi- finals following a 5-4 thrashing of the hosts, Bafana Bafana, in a penalty shoot out this past Sunday. It took determination and bravery to win against Bafana Bafana given the dominance, South Africa, held over Botswana in the past few years and over time. Zebras Interim Coach, Mogomotsi Mpote when speaking to Sun Sport this past Tuesday indicated that his squad worked effortlessly to reach the Semi- finals.Coach Mpote has declared that his sole goal is to leave the tournament as a champion together with his troops.

Lesotho has recently gathered strength, proving to be a sprouting giant and they can cause a major upset if Mpote doesn’t get his tactics right. They might cause an upset as they have recently turned themselves into a giant slayer. Ahead of today’s game, Mpote explained that he was still profiling the Lesotho team and it will not be an easy game given that Lesotho will be playing with a full heavy squad that nearly qualified for AFCON 2019.

“I am confident that we will play Lesotho with a positive mind of proceeding to the finals, the boys are in high spirits, a win against South Africa was a much needed booster,” he said. Mpote is expected to field a strong side with Joel Mogorosi leading the Frontline while Mosha Gaolaolwe marshal the backline, Mosha is expected to command Fortunate Thularo, Thabo Leinanyane and Thatayaone Dithokwa.

Most of the time Leinanyane will be expected to cautiously go forward and deliver his crosses to the aerial strength of Joel Mogorosi. On form Segolame Boy and Thero Setsile will be pivotal for the Zebras, their skill and pace is expected to bear fruits when the two go forward in search of goals, their creativity is expected to spark the wide areas of the field.Lebogang Ditsele needs to be on top of his game as he is set to link up play, serving as a connection between the defense and midfield. He will be expected to do the dirty work while Mothusi Cooper will be unleashed to go forward.

As in the previous game, Zebras are expected to move the ball with pace although their play could prove to be predictable. However, if it turns out so, Mpote has in his line up, Tumisang Orebonye who can go on and unsettle the defense thus creating space for gifted attackers like Segolame Boy, Gilbert Baruti and Thero Setsile.

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Heelang, hands off journalists!

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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

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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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