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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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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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