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The captain of the women’s senior national rugby team Kagiso Makgatho this week accused the Botswana Rugby Union (BRU) of not doing enough to support the national ladies team. Makgatho, who is also player- Coach for the Botswana Accountancy College North (BAC N) team was speaking shortly after hammering UB Rhinos 14-5 this past weekend at SSKB stadium to claim the 2017 BRU ladies league championship title.

The ladies final game was a thriller and full of flair. The pulsating game had brought the stadium to a still in the early minutes of the game. However BAC N swiftly snatched the game away from the UB side to win the national championship. The ladies showed great stamina on match day. Makgatho said that given a chance, they have the ability to perform better than their male counterparts. One of her biggest concern was the fact that the ladies team did not have its own kit. “We are currently using the men’s baggy kit, it does not fit majority of the ladies and it makes us uncomfortable,” Makgatho said.

Even though Makgatho seemed uncomfortable discussing challenges facing the ladies team, she said the management is currently relaxed and does not take them seriously.To add insult to injury, Makgatho further accused BRU of not trying hard enough to seek international friendly games for them this year. With the 2017 season already wrapped up; the team can only wait for next year. “How do they expect us to grow if we keep playing against ourselves locally, we cannot grow without competition from across borders,” she said.

The outspoken Makgatho also expressed concern that the female teams keep dying and resurfacing despite bringing home positive results at international stages. “This is an on -going complaint from us to the management,” said Makgatho.Meanwhile sources with the BRU management also expressed displeasure with rugby Botswana arguing that the ladies team performs better than their male counterparts. However the men’s team is still given more recognition. The source called on BRU to up their game.

“I am not saying we should abandon men, we need to balance the two in order to get positive results.”According to the world rugby rankings, which are determined by the male team performance, Zimbabwe and South Africa are ranked above Botswana. However the local ladies triumphed against the two countries a few months back. Reached for comment, BRU Secretary General Ernest Mantsi said he could not comment on the kit issue. “I have no comment on the matter,” he said. Nevertheless he rubbished Makgatho’s allegations concerning the friendly games drought arguing that the ladies team played against Zimbabwe and South Africa this year and that shows effort from their side.

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Well-endowed Galaxy

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FIRE POWER: Galaxy await Rollers

It is only the third week of the 2018/19 BTC Premiership and things are already heating up. Leading the charge is a marauding Jwaneng Galaxy who have already thrown a heavy-handed gauntlet at their rivals after recording a highly impressive 10 goals in just two games.

Galaxy’s intention has been made clear this season after leaving their first two opponents with bloody noses and tails tucked between their legs. The former Mascom Top 8 champions are in a relentless war path with the premier league title on their radar. This weekend, Galaxy host bitter rivals Township Rollers in Jwaneng in what is expected to be a football grudge match. Rollers have been a prickly thorn in Galaxy’s quest to claim the premiership silverware for the past two seasons.

This means the weekend fixture will be the most compelling of the new season. However, Galaxy seem to be packing more heat coming into the Saturday fixture having annihilated both Prisons XI (5-0) and Security Systems (5-0). Galaxy are currently occupying first position alongside second place Sharps Shooting Stars at six points apeice. The game against Popa this weekend will be a litmus test for Galaxy. If the Debswana backed side beats the reigning champions they will establish themselves as potential contenders for the 2018/19 title honours. On the flipside, a loss against Rollers will only mean the first two games were short of a bluff.

Pound for pound Mapalastina have the best squad in the domestic league but a new look Galaxy are well endowed in their own right. In an interview this week, Galaxy spokesperson Tankiso Morake said they played Rollers three times last season and all the games ended in a draw. “Remember we played Rollers in the Mascom Top 8 in Lobatse,” an up-beat Morake said. Morake further said they expected their new coach to receive his permits and start manning the bench when they play Rollers this weekend. “Our supporters have told us that they expected nothing less than league honours this season.” Morake attributes the positive result to a great pre-season.

“You will remember that there was a fake list in the media indicating that we have parted ways with most of our players. You can see that the likes of Ayanda Molefe and Isaac Paeye are still part of the team. There is a lot of competition in our team because we mostly have young players in the team including Lebogang Ditsile who played at Highlands Park in South Africa.” Furthermore, Morake conceded that Rollers are a strong team but argued that they will win the games from the technical bench. “You will remember that we started the last season back tracking but this time things are different.”

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Bridge team fails to impress

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The local team comprised of under 16, under 21 and under 26 categories. In an interview this week, BBF spokesperson Mbakiso Malilo did not mince his words when he described the team’s performance as terrible with all the three teams failing to qualify for the quarter finals.

“Making it to the quarter finals was our target following a good showing in the online championship by our junior team. I believe we can work on improving the playing standard for kids (under 16) as they still stand a chance to compete in the under 21 and under 26 categories for future championships,” he said.

However, Malilo explained that the local youth team gained a lot of experience as the played against more advanced rivals. Quizzed on challenges they faced with a predominantly youthful team, Malilo said: “the trip was too long and for most of the players this was their first experienced of travelling such a great distance. The jet lag ended up affecting the team’s performance as they showed signs of fatigue.” Malilo said their objective was to train young players and give them exposure to the game early on.

“We managed to network with bridge power houses like the Netherlands. Official from the European country expressed interest in training our kids through bridge clinics and enhancing the standard of play and bidding.” Malilo said they selected the junior team that travelled to China through local tournament that was held in Gaborone earlier this year. The tournament was attend by mostly tertiary school students and out of school youth in the junior and youngsters’ category. For the under 16 category we invited student from secondary schools.

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