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TAFIC, Rollers collide in Ghetto

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The BTC Premiership between Francistown giants TAFIC Sporting Club and 2016/17 reigning champions Township Rollers will headline the start of the new football season this weekend. Matjimenyenga will face off against the mighty Popa this Saturday at the popular Francistown Sports complex. The home town legends are expected to go all out and pull a shock upset against the MmaMasire glamour boys.

However, this time around things are bound to be different after TAFIC have just been promoted in the premier league following a five year spell in the dusty Northern First division league. It will take a brilliant game plan and a bit of luck to pull an upset over Rollers. Speaking to Sun Sports in an exclusive interview this week, TAFIC spokesperson Warrant Kolola did not hide his excitement ahead of their first league game against the multiple league champions.

According to Kolola, TAFIC have what it takes to challenge for the league honours without any fear from any team in order to reclaim their former glory. Kolola revealed that during their days in the Premier league, Township Rollers was never a threat as they have defeated the MmaMasire giants on numerous occasions at the Francistown Old Stadium.

“In 2010, we managed to beat Popa Popa 3-1 thanks to a brace by our then prolific striker Audience Rondova who frustrated their defence before passing two goals through Dambe’s goal posts,” Kolola said. Although it is a different league altogether, Kolola is optimistic that the team will put up a brave fight against Rollers without being intimidated by the star studded team. On the other hand, Township captain Maano Ditshupo has been quoted in the local media warning their rivals of their intentions to win everything on offer and his warning should not be taken lightly since Rollers would love to bag every three points and their intended collection of points from the start of the league will definitely give Tafic coach and players sleepless nights.

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New GU Stadium Excites Mochudi based soccer rivals

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Officials at Mochudi village’s biggest  soccer clubs Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Mochudi Rovers are excited at the news that their district will soon have a state of the art football stadium after property and construction magnate Nicholas Zackhem announced the erection of the facility for Gaborone United.

Zackhem, owner and director of Zac Construction, revealed recently to this publication that a football stadium would be built in Bokaa village at a cost of P70 million, with the hope that all phases will be completed by 2025.

Edwin Mothulatshipi, Chairman of Centre Chiefs, as well as Mochudi Rovers’ Chairman Sugar Molefhe both spoke to The Midweek Sun on what the construction of the stadium means for their respective clubs. Both admit they would jump at the opportunity to use the facility for their official matches, and based on what Gaborone United financier Zackhem has shared with The Midweek Sun, it will not be difficult for all the other clubs based around the area to use the facility. TO READ THE COMPLETE STORY, BUY THIS WEEK’S EDITION (11 August 2021) OF THE MIDWEEK SUN AT A STORE NEAR YOU.

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Local hockey body to incur massive financial loss post Covid-19

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Botswana Hockey Association (BHA) President Unaswi Matebu has confessed that her Association will suffer major financial losses post the Covid 19 pandemic that has left the sport fraternity at a standstill.

Matebu recently told this publication that the current situation does not only have tremendous effects on their schedule, but also there will be financial implications more especially that the association does not have full time sponsors.

“We had to cancel most of our calendar activities such as tournaments, national team trainings, Board meetings, and club activities since mid-March this year, all of which have cost us money to prepare for,” Matebu remarked in an interview.

Additionally she said the planning phase for their 5-year Development Plan which was supposed to be launched in June will have to be postponed. Also there are national competitions that were postponed till further notice despite them having already set up teams and having already started preparing.

“Our Indoor Hockey Senior National teams had already started preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations – a World Cup qualifier – that was supposed to be held in June, 2020, in South Africa. Our Field Hockey Senior National teams had already begun preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers that were supposed to be held in August, 2020 in Zimbabwe,” she added.

Moreover, it was going to be an excessively detailed and decorated year  for local hockey governing body, with the Youth National teams having  already began preparations for the Africa Youth Championships that were billed for September, 2020, in Ghana.

“Player conditioning has obviously been affected because athletes are currently not training as planned and what we had achieved so far might go to waste. We are only hoping that the Continental and World Hockey governing bodies will give us enough time to prepare for these competitions post the pandemic.”

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