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Perennial mid table outfit Police XI host Sharps Shooting Stars this afternoon at Otse stadium. The game is a must win for both teams having languished in the bottom three of the BTC premiership for some time. Maximum points are necessary for both teams; they are to go for a Christmas break in more desirable positions in the log standings.

Jungle Kings are currently blowing hot and cold in position seven while their Old Naledi rivals are languishing on 13th position with only six points. Last season Police rarely scrapped through to survive relegation under the then headcoach Junior Letlamoreng. The dismal performance saw Letlamoreng being sacked in favour of experienced Sthando Mogwadi. In order to mount an offensive in the 2017/18 seasons, the Jungle Kings acquired the services of experienced players including Kekaetswe ‘Mara’ Moloi, Hendrick Moyo and Gaopatwe Seosenyeng.

Mogwadi has vowed to get maximum points. This past Sunday Police scrapped through to win 1-0 against the recently promoted Uniao Flamingo Santos while Sharps will be buoyed by their first win of the season after beating TAFIC 2-0. “We needed a win against Santos at all costs, rival teams next to us in the log have all won, this puts us under pressure. I am happy once we win this game we are on position seven.

On Wednesday at home. I do not want to lose when I am home. I am Looking forwad to winning an encounter against Sharps,” Mogwadi said.Experienced striker Keaketswe Moloi said the team has been short of confidence and struggling to find the back of the net in the first six games of the season. “Performance of the team has been lacking. We have not been doing well, Santos was way better than us in our last games,” Moloi said. “We have not won in four games. We only won our first game of the season while the other ones were draws.”

Moloi who scored the only goal of the match against Santos this past weekend said the three points will go a long way in boosting confidence within the team. We are cautious and wary of making mistakes. Moloi said they would be seeking maximum points against Sharps this afternoon.

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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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