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Zim giants lampoon TAFIC

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The Chief Executive Officer of Zimbabwean premier league giants Highlanders, this week ridiculed local rivals TAFIC fornot taking their brand seriously. Speaking during a press event for the weekend game between the two teams, Nhlanhla Dube poked fun at TAFIC management for failing to don their team replicas at a press conference in Francistown.

The two teams used the occasion to announce a Mascom sponsorship deal for the weekend game between the two giants at Francistown Sports complex. The Saturday game will be part of the 120 years celebration for the northern city. Doning the Highlanders black and white team jersey, the humorous Dube said that the reason Highlanders is operating without any sponsors is for the simple reasons that they take their brand seriously when the time to do that beckons.

All the three Highlanders representatives were wearing their team replicas while only Tafic Chairman had his team jersey. This gave Dube even more ammunition to homorously lecture Matjimenyenga on branding and professionalism. Dube informed those who cared to listen that he is not wearing his team’s replica shirt not that he doesn’t have suits or any other fancy clothes.

“When it comes to branding, my team takes it seriously no wonder I am donning my black and white jersey. I also have the penchant for fancy suits but I cannot just wear my clothes as I stand before you representing my team. At Highlanders we don’t expect donations from companies but instead we are very aware that whatever cash that we get from various companies is meant for the team to expose such a company to our multitudes of fans.

For his part, Highlanders chairman Modern Ngwenya informed those at the press conference that it should be noted that his team has a history of working with local teams.Ngwenya mentioned some of the Highlanders former players who have contributed to the current improved state of football in Botswana including Rahman Gumbo who has coached a number of local clubs including Township Rollers and Mochudi Centre Chiefs to mention but only a few. Moreover, he applauded Madinda Ndlovu currently with Orapa United as one of his former team players who continue to make them proud in the country.

“I should warn Tafic that we are going to humiliate them during our encounter on Saturday so that they can learn a lesson. They should in future desist from inviting a very important person than them when they have a party as the important figure will always grab bragging rights under their nose, ”Ngwenya said jokingly.

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Heelang, hands off journalists!

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In our last edition, we touched on athletes who need to be media savvy, however it appears the vaccine needs to be administered on sports leaders too.

There is a highly contagious disease spreading rapidly in the sports space with those in power having a wrong perception of owning the media or somehow entitled to publicity. Such people want to literally dictate what should be broadcast or published, fa ba bata go go nyantshetsa o utwa gotwe, write and send back so I crosscheck.

That equals disrespecting and undermining a journalist to the lowest level; it is more like wanting to teach a scribe how to do their work. If you are in a wrong profession at your respected workplace, please kindly send in your Curriculum Vitae (CV) to newsrooms, you might land that Editor- In Chief position. Then there are those who will make scribes feel like they signed a death warrant, why did you not cover my event? You are not reliable; you are only good at chasing certain individuals. Heelang! Stop crucifying journalists, they do not owe anyone anything and realistically speaking cannot cover everything to please all.

Oops and there are those who never want anything bad or controversial associated with their name. They start off as bosom buddies, discussing ‘non offensive’ issues and once in a while a compliment thrown their way. Once the dark days come knocking and gears are changed, suddenly the same journalist ke moloi wa meno a 4 mo ganong. Really now? So, all along the witch was not visible and now that the tables have turned and it hurts like never before, things have become clearer? Perhaps, you forget what the real job of a scribe is? You cannot befriend a journalist my friends, if you do, then something is seriously wrong! Expect the good together with the bitter taste of unwanted publicity.

There is also a time when the scribes are labelled bomma dijo le bo Rradijo. To an extent that you even emphasize that there will be food at your events, so the more the merrier! I agree, generally only a few can say NO to free food but it becomes a bit untidy when you put a food price tag to your events. Ga re gane, there are some colleagues with a huge appetite and they are not even shy about it but isn’t it that there are people like that all over.

Le re tshabisa go ja, please! Another trend, initially good but now disturbing is that of organisations spoiling some rotten journalists by travelling with them to certain places, all expenses fully paid for. This includes food, accommodation and transportation. Things then become cozy when a drink or two is thrown in, nice but at what expense? Is it out of good will or tantamount to bribery?

Some associations tend to confuse it all with rubbing off bad publicity. Kgantele e nna, ao laitaka, o lebala o robetse ko Cresta Hotel ke go reketse biri? A guilty conscience then kicks in and stories are shelved. It is only a few that manage to look beyond the fancy trips and royal treatment and uphold journalism principles. Better you spoil journalists but without undue expectations, accept both the bad and the good coming your way.

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Abidal punches ticket to TS Galaxy

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Township Rollers’s defensive Midfielder Gape ‘Abidal’ Mohutsiwa has confirmed that he will be plying his trade at South African based TS Galaxy next season.

This follows rife speculation that Mohutsiwa’s deal with Galaxy might have somehow fallen off. The strong suspicions came about last week when the national first division side communicated the team’s new signings. Local based players of Mosha Gaolaolwe, Thero Setsile and Ezekiel Morake were mentioned in the list and Mohutsiwa’s name was suspiciously omitted. As if that was not enough, the team went on to show off pictures of the trio signing contracts with the team management but still no mention of Mohutsiwa.

Speaking to Sun Sport this week, Mohutsiwa explained that he had seen the communication but made nothing from it. “I am still going because even my work permit is ready, all is well and there is no need to panic,” he said.

The 22-year-old pointed out that TS Galaxy had informed that they will communicate dates to join them in South Africa. He is expecting their call anytime after completing the season this coming weekend.

“I also saw those pictures with the management and its is not like they signed the contracts last week. I suspect that they were just appreciating the performance made by my fellow colleagues Morake and Setsile during the COSAFA championships staged in Durban South Africa,” said Mohutsiwa.

The young Abidal as he is well known is convinced that the TS Galaxy management was just ‘boasting’ about the kind of talent they are bringing to their team. “I did not perform to the best of my ability during COSAFA championships but I cannot say they were neglecting me, I am actually fine with it,” he said.

Mohutsiwa added that as young as he is, he believes that he has a lot to offer and the intention is not to return home in a year or so. He has been signed for three years and the expectation is that he completes his term and perhaps find other lucrative deals out there.

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