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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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Well-endowed Galaxy

Isaac Pheko

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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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