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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for submitting the nominations forms was 28th September and according to BISA constitution rules, Muzila has been withdrawn because his nomination form was never received by the association.Meanwhile speculation is rife that Kenosi sabotaged Muzila intentionally.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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Zapata takes charge

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TAKING CHARGE: Zapata assumes his position

Township Rollers Head Coach Rodolfo Zapata was this past Tuesday in charge of the team’s training session, a first since he was appointed Rollers coach in November 2018.

Sun Sports has been reliably informed by sources that were present at the morning session that the Argentine coach was at the grounds and it was all clear that he is now the man in control of the team.

Zapata was made to jump through hoops before he could finally take over the reins at Rollers. First he had to battle with his former club, Gaborone United to cancel his active working permit with the team. The matter dragged for more than a month.

When GU finally gave in, Zapata’s qualifications as a coach were questioned. This came as shocking given that Zapata is GU’s former coach. Nevertheless, a source within Botswana Football Association (BFA) circles has told this paper that Zapata was cleared by CAF last week. As things stand Zapata will be expected on the bench this coming Friday when they play Notwane. If not, then his first job will be the Mascom Top 8 Semi-final against GU next week.

The Rollers management could not be reached yesterday as their phones rang unanswered and repeated efforts revealed that the team spokesperson, Bafana Pheto is currently across borders.
Meanwhile, Zapata’s arrival comes at a crucial time following Rollers ‘s embarrassing defeat to the hands of rivals Jwaneng Galaxy this past weekend. Galaxy cut short the endless winning streak of the defending championships to serve them their second loss since the beginning of the league with a score line of 3-1.

Of late , unconfirmed reports suggest that players had grown impatient with the caretaker coach, Thabo Motang. They differed and questioned his decisions on the pitch. Motang is now reported to have gone back to the department he knows best, goalkeeper coach.

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Moluba wants a replica of previous success

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PLAY MAKER: Moalosi is a prolific goal scorer

Township Rollers influential midfielder, Edwin Moalosi confirmed his ambitions to help his team to repeat their run in the previous season to win both Botswana Telecommunication (BTC) Premiership league and the Mascom Top 8. Moluba as he is affectionately known said this after their 3-1 loss to Jwaneng Galaxy at the National Stadium this past Saturday.

Rollers 2018/19 BTC league campaign have been impressive thus far as they are still at the summit of the log despite their loss over the weekend. The Galaxy loss was their second, having lost to the other mining team, Orapa United. However, they have already reached the semi-finals of the Mascom Top 8.

Moalosi told Sun Sport that this season is not going to be a walk in the path, “It is not easy being the defending Champions as you become the team to beat, every team will try hard not to give you space to play or attack hence all the games we play become a mammoth task,” said Moalosi.

Moalosi further stated that being eliminated from the Confederations of African Football (CAF) Champions league early was a blessing in disguise, “We are now out of the CAF Champions league and we can now focus on doing well in the domestic league and cup tournament (Mascom Top 8).

In addition, we need to double our efforts as players so that we reach our ultimate goals,” he said.
Quizzed about his individual goals as a player despite picking so many injuries this season, he said, “Injuries are part of the game, it only depends on every player as to how you respond to it, I am always positive regardless of the circumstances I come across. I want to increase my goal tally and hopefully improve my assists as well,” explained.

However, Jwaneng Galaxy Captain, Olebogeng Malebye who scored a marvellous curler on the day said they are going to give Rollers a run for their money this season, “We are going to fight to death to try and leapfrog Rollers and eventually win the league as it has been our aim for a long time. And finally, we managed to beat them after a very long time trying with no success,” said Malebye.

Jwaneng Galaxy’s season is slowly improving as they are now second on the log, and Orapa United seems to be struggling a bit but the league is still open. Another round of BTC Premiership league matches is expected to continue this coming weekend with a couple of interesting fixtures to look out to including Township Rollers and Notwane FC on Friday at Molepolole and Security Systems and Mochudi Centre Chiefs on Saturday at the same venue, just to mention a few.

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