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BDF XI will travel to Itekeng Stadium this Friday where they will try to be the first beMOBILE Premiership team to beat Orapa United at their home ground.
Thus far, the Ostriches of Orapa remain undefeated at their home ground. Their performance at the Itekeng fortress has not gone unnoticed by both rival teams and supporters.

They have built a reputation where opposing teams have to always double their efforts in preparations for matches scheduled for the Itekeng Stadium. Even the undefeated highflying championship leaders Township Rollers came back with only one point after drawing 1-1 with the diamond mining town outfit.  

This means Matebele, as BDF XI are popularly known, will be in for a difficult game after their all 1-all draw with Rollers this past weekend. On the other hand, Orapa will come with extra motivation following a big win over Selibe Phikwe minnows FC Satmos over the weekend.

So far there has been nothing between both Matebele and Ostriches in the league log standing. The past weekend saw Orapa taking maximum points and extending their lead to 35 points while Matebele managed to go only one up with 30 points.

In an interview this week, Orapa United spokesperson Tebatso Hule said even after their game with the army side, the Ostriches will still be undefeated at home. “The team has had a good record at home and we plan to maintain that. The idea is not to just participate but compete and win the league,” he said.

Hule said they have built a reputation at Itekeng and the positive results from the team have brought the Orapa community together. Even supporters from surrounding villages travel to the tiny town for their home games as they would once again do for this Friday’s 1900hrs kick off.

There will be more action on Friday, with Township Rollers taking on Nico United at the Francistown Sport Complex at 1900hrs while Motlakase and Mochudi Centre Chiefs slug it out at the Serowe Sport Complex. For the full fixture list of the beMOBILE Premiership matches, see Page 3 of Sports Extra inside.

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Zapata takes charge

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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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