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BISA AGM embroiled in controversy

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The Botswana Integrated Sports Association (BISA) is currently embroiled in controversy following the possible elimination of one of its candidates vying for the position of Secretary General at the upcoming electoral Annual General Meeting (AGM). This comes after his South Central zonal organiser Joy Kenosi failed to submit Lesego Muzila’s nomination form to BISA office in time.

Kenosi like any other Zonal organiser was trusted with the responsibility of handing over all forms to relevant BISA authorities by the 1st of October. However in a highly controversial turnout of events, Kenosi is said to be claiming that he misplaced Muzila’s form unintentionally and only noticed his mistake last week Thursday.

The deadline for submitting the nominations forms was 28th September and according to BISA constitution rules, Muzila has been withdrawn because his nomination form was never received by the association.Meanwhile speculation is rife that Kenosi sabotaged Muzila intentionally. Kenosi is vying for the Vice President- Technical. Moreover, Kenosi’s own nomination together with other candidates were successfully handed over to BISA by him.

Only Muzila’s form is said to be missing from his submitted list.According to sources who prefer to speaking under the condition of anonymity, Kenosi’s actions raises eyebrows.“Where was his check list before submission and how did Muzila’s form get separated from the rest? We believe there is something fishy to this issue than what meets the eye,” a source said. Moreover it is also evident that the matter has aroused mixed reactions within the association and some are already calling for him to step down from running as VP Technical.

His move is alleged to have been well plotted and wanting to favour certain individuals ahead of the elections. For his part, a clearly rattled Muzila said the issue is most likely to mess up his elections campaign. He was not in a position to neither confirm nor deny the sabotage allegations. However, he expressed disappointment in Kenosi‘s actions arguing he was not careful enough hence the current mess. He said he was still waiting for formal communication from Kenosi and the association.

Moreover he is reported to have already engaged his lawyers on the matter and already seeking the way forward out of the situation. Moreover Sun Sports has been reliably informed that the missing form was received at BISA on Monday. Meanwhile Kenosi’s phone has been ringing unanswered since Monday afternoon. Efforts made to contact him at his workplace also proved futile.

Herbet Kabelo the Electoral Committee Chairperson denied having received any information about the matter, “I am afraid of commenting because we have not been notified yet, however if there is any truth in it, the board will certainly meet and we shall see how best to address the issue,” he said.On the other hand incumbent BISA president Joshua Gaotlhobogwe said the matter was a very sensitive issue to discuss and his committee was not in a position to comment. I am also a nominee so it can get very complicated,” Gaotlhobogwe said.

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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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