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TAFIC fortifies defense

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The first round of the 2017/18 BTC premiership season sees the recently promoted TAFIC FC maintaining damage limitation against more established opposition. The popular Francistown outfit is keen on surviving the season and maintaining their premier league status. Nevertheless Matjimenyenga seem to be doing a great job so far especially in the defense and midfield.

A case in point is their recent goalless draw against the dangerous BDF XI this past weekend. Clearly one of the pillars of strength in the newly revamped and rejuvenated Matjimenyenga is former Gilport Lions goalkeeper Lesego Bosekeng. The 28-year-old goal minder has proven his mettle when he made several crucial saves against the marauding Matebele in front of a decent crowd at the Molepolole Sports complex this past weekend.

In a post match interview Bosekeng said he works well with TAFIC defenders because of their intensive training under headcoach Elias Chinyemba and his assistant Pogiso ‘Wrist’ Mmusi. “As a goal keeper you should not wait to make saves. You have to be in control and command your defence,” Bosekeng said, adding that good communication with the defense eliminates the need to save dangerous balls on his part. The formidable TAFIC defense that saved the day against BDF includes Motseoatile Elijah, Thato Mosweu, Samuel Phiri and Kgakgamatso Ramotshosa.

In addition Bosekeng said he has a unique way of communicating with the defense. “Sometimes the crowd makes a lot of noise at the stadium so the players struggle to hear me when I give instructions. I have to communicate with they by whistling. When I whistle they usually respond.” Moreover, Bosekeng said hard work and going the extramile during training has paid off on match day.

“I usually call five players event after training and we simulate different scenarios even set pieces.” Meanwhile TAFIC legendary goalkeeper and now assistant coach Wrist Mmusi said his player are dedicated in training and the results were showing during difficult games like the past weekend encounter against BDF. Mmusi complimented Bosekeng and the defense for the good work they are doing in the first round of the league. In their next fixture TAFIC will be seeking maximum three points against minnows Gilport Lions at the Francistown Sports Complex.

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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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