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Team Molelo goes down in flames

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After losing the Botswana Integrated Sports Association (BISA) elections this past weekend in Palapye, Eagile Molelo has no intention of ever contesting for BISA elections.

Fresh allegations following the highly touted BISA suggested that some of Molelo’s team members betrayed him, as they secretly preferred his archrival Joshua Gaotlhobogwe. Molelo who was contesting for the BISA presidency lost 117- 92 to Gaotlhobogwe who is now serving another term. Gaotlhobogwe will now serve with two key members from Molelo’s team. Nevertheless, this crushing defeat reopened old wounds for Molelo having lost the 2013 BISA elections archrival Gaotlhobogwe.

Prior to the elections, Molelo had gone all out campaigning throughout the country accompanied by his team members (Team Fire) “The people have spoken, I have learnt a lot in this journey and I do not think it was anything personal, they rejected my ideas not me. However I am focusing on other things. I will not be going back to contest for BISA election in the future, life goes on,” said Molelo.

However, all was not lost on the day for Molelo’s team fire as Joy Kenosi won the Vice President- Technical position while Harold Mosomane is the new Secretary General. “I congratulate all and wish them nothing but the best,” Molelo said.Nevertheless this publication has freshly learnt that going into the elections; Team fire was fragmented and some member harboured hidden agendas, possibly a contributing factor to Molelo’s downfall.

One of the members who preferred to speak under the condition of anonymity confessed that he had a change of heart going into the elections, however the situation did not allow him to openly abandon team fire. “Sometimes we need to think outside the box, it was not about the team but the ability to lead, Gaotlhobogwe deserved it more, some of us felt like we were caught up in personal feuds and settling scores, that is bad for the association,” said the source.

The source argued that the results spoke volumes, “Molelo lost, Kenosi won, this on its own symbolises that some of us were not happy rather we had full confidence in Kenosi.”Meanwhile it remains to be seen how Gaotlhobogwe and Kenosi’s relationship will turn out, some predict that the duo might pull on different directions however in his acceptance speech, Gaotlhobogwe said their number one mandate will be striving to serve BISA with complete integrity.

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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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