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Information reaching Sun Sports this week is that Botswana Integrated Sports Association (BISA) President Joshua Gaotlhobogwe is back in the BISA elections race. This comes after he was left in limbo last week when the BISA Electoral Board vetted him out. The BISA electoral Annual General Meeting (AGM) is scheduled for November 10th 2017 in Palapye. However the lead up to the BISA AGM has been embroiled in controversy.

The sports development association has also seen its leadership become even more divided than ever. Last week, the BISA Electoral board is reported to have released a list of the 2017 BISA elections nominees. However in a shocking turn out of events incumbent president Gaotlhobogwe was vetted out. Sun Sports is in possession of the leaked documents dated 26th October, showing that incumbent president together with the aspiring Secretary General Christopher Chikwakwa were tossed aside because they have served two terms consecutively in the executive.

“This contravenes section 12.2.3 of the BISA constitution if another term is sought,” reads a statement from the BISA Electoral Committee. After learning the board’s decision, Gaotlhobogwe is alleged to have lodged an appeal and even went as far as seeking legal advice on the matter. Nevertheless, the board still maintained its stand and turned him down. However early this week, another letter was received by BISA Secretary General Gomolemo Rankosha stating that after careful consideration, the board decided to go back on its decision and allow Gaotlhobogwe to run. Reached for comment this week, Gaotlhobogwe expressed shock over the board’s decision.

Gaotlhobogwe confirmed that indeed he received news that he was not eligible to seek another term. “Something is not right here, I am told I have been reinstated but under what grounds I cannot explain,” Gaotlhobogwe said in an interview. His biggest concern is that his plea was thrown out of the window when he tried to appeal the decision. According to him he had supporting evidence of two legal experts, yet the board had remained unshaken at the time. “All of a sudden I have been vetted in again, I had approached the Ministry of Education informing them about the matter because I was prepared to drag this to the court of law. It appears there is a conspiracy, something does not add up, there is more to this matter,” he argued.

He accused the Board of failing to use the services of their legal advisors who are said to be at their disposal and rushed to misinterpreting the constitution. Nevertheless, Gaotlhobogwe said he couldn’t confirm if his actions led to the board reversing its decision or not. However he is unhappy with how things unfolded, arguing that this is likely to mess up his campaign.On the other hand, aspiring BISA Secretary General Chikwakwa remained calm and said that he believed the board made a genuine mistake and after seeking legal advice they decided to reverse their decision.

“I do not think there was any foul play or any intentions of sabotage, we demanded a proper apology and I hope they will consider it,” Chikwakwa said. Reached for comment, BISA Electoral Board chairperson Hebert Kabelo denied ever releasing the list saying the allegations are untrue and for all he knows, there have never been any issues or queries. “I cannot comment on the issue because it was an in house issue.”He said on behalf of the board, they believe that they have done everything right and nobody has been left out. “We want absolute fairness during the elections and everyone is expected to either win or lose during voting on the day.”

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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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