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Sithole’s future uncertain at Chiefs

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Michael Sithole’s future at Mochudi Center Chiefs still hangs in the balance with club officials still reported to be huffing and puffing to have a final word.

News reaching Sun Sports paints a gloomy picture on his future with indications that already the then highly-sought after Zambian gaffer has already clashed with his number two Keitumtse Pio Paul. Paul recently joined the defending champions as an  assistant coach after the Kgatleng side had gone for almost two seasons without an assistant coach. 

Since his arrival, Chiefs have shown signs of rejuvenation and already they are neck to neck with other title contenders. Sithole’s two year contract is coming to an end at the end of next month. He joined the Mochudi side from Extension Gunners at the time he was tasked with winning the league title, which he then delivered.

Although he was also mandated with winning the Mascom Top 8, his side was knocked at the tournament’s entry level although this time around they have moved in to the semi finals. On his final year of his contract, Sithole is also still with the chasing pack of the league championship.  Late last year, reports had linked Sithole with Gaborone United, the club with which he first won silverware in Botswana – the inaugural beMOBILE Primer League Championship.

This was after he had jumped ship with his current employers who brought him from Zambia. However, sources have hinted that Chiefs’ head honchos are divided on his sacking, with some feeling that he be given a few months’  extension until  end of the season with a fear that could they let him go a change of philosophy might affect the team with the eventuality of losing out on the league title and the Top 8 title.

Others in the team want him gone, arguing that Paul can handle the club for the remaining bit of the campaign. “There is nothing concrete to talk about relating to that matter,” the club’s spokesperson told Sun Sports. “We are resuming training on Tuesday and that’s when we will discuss various things,” Clifford Mogomotsi told Sun Sports.

Though Sithole’s future is unclear with Chiefs, reports from Gaborone United suggest that club officials have backtracked their initial thought of hiring him, and they have instead chosen to go with Dutch-born Mart  Nooij who is likely to arrive in the country at the start of next week. This week will thus prove critical for Sithole with the club likely to announce whether they  let him go or extend his stay.

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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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