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Magosi in Muti debt

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Dealing in muti to find success on the football pitch has come back to haunt Kgatleng BTC Premiership outfit Mochudi Center Chiefs. This week Magosi hit yet another low when the Francistown High Court instructed debt collectors to seize the club’s property over an outstanding debt in favour of a local sangoma. The intriguing and long running case saw the court ordering garnishee against the club, which means the complainant will be paid in instalments. The already debt riddled Magosi are expected to cough up P87, 000 plus costs of the suit by Francistown High Court Judge, Bengbame Sechele.

Traditional doctor, Molaiemang Nkganetsang dragged the club before court demanding payment for cleansing services he offered the team. Nkganetsang alleges to have supplied the Kgatleng Giants with the muti that helped them win the premier league a few years back. A writ of summons was first issued against the club back in 2012 for failing to honor the terms of their verbal agreement. According to court documents Nkganetsang said he supplied the club with muti, which allegedly strengthen the players and improved their performance during their campaign.

In his submissions Nkganetsang alleges to have cleansed the football pitch before some of Magosi league games. In addition, the traditional doctor alleges to have previously interacted with Magosi representatives, including the then Chairman Ernest Molome and club Seata Pilane and Denis Keagile. Nkganetsang argued that the three men approached him for his traditional services in February 2010. When sorting the garnishee order, Collen Mudara said; “The garnishee should not pay the judgement creditor’s attorney in the sum of P87, 000 on monthly basis until such time the judgement debtor’s gratuity and other terminal benefits are due.” Mudara said that the money would be paid to the attorney in the settlement. As if this is not enough, the club’s performance is currently deteriorating as they are on position 15 in the BTC premiership standings.

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Local boxers ready for regional tourney

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CONFIDENT: Newly unveiled LOC is confident that the regional tourney will be a success

Botswana Boxing Association (BoBA) this past Tuesday officially unveiled a Local Organising Committee (LOC) that has been tasked with preparing for the upcoming Zone 4 championships that are to be held in Botswana.

The team is headed by celebrated boxing legend France Mabiletsa and is expected to host more than seven countries that are expected to descend in Botswana in the next two weeks. Officiating at the event, Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) Vice Chairperson Tsoseletso Magang said that BoBA officials should refrain from interfering with the task given to the LOC. She noted that many sporting codes often give the LOC the responsibility of delivering an event only for the code members to bully themselves into the affairs of the LOC and disrupts the preparations.

Magang warned that there is little time left before the tournament, and with that, the LOC will need all the support to ensure they deliver a successful event. She noted that hosting the regional tournament gave Botswana an upper hand of fielding more athletes that will have an opportunity to qualify for the Africa Championships scheduled for later this year.

For his part, Mabiletsa noted that they have already hit the ground running and confident that the event will be a success. The competition will be hosted in Botho College and they are in talks with Ave Maria to accommodate athletes. “Life will be made much easier for athletes if they are accommodated at Ave Maria because it is closer to the competition venue,” he said.

He explained that the zone is made up of 12 countries of Lesotho, Angola, Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe among others. However as of this past Tuesday, only seven had confirmed participation and they expect to finalize the logistics by the end of the week.

Meanwhile, a formidable national boxing team of eight men captained by Mmusie Tswiiige (60kg) and three ladies led by Lethabo Modukanele (48kg) will represent the country at the regional tournament.

According to the Head coach Lechedzani ‘Master’ Luza, the team has been on camp for the past three weeks. In his opinion, the team is ready to compete. “Generally, they are not bad, we need to work on a few things such as power and speed on some boxers, the defence department is also not bad,” he said.

Luza noted that Botswana has always established herself as a powerhouse and there is no doubt that majority, if not all team Botswana members will win a medal during competition time. He explained that the competition was one of the many leading to Tokyo 2020 Olympics and will give local boxers an opportunity to qualify for the Olympics.

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Branch does it again

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Local motorcycle racing sensation Ross Branch has continued his stellar form after securing overall second position in the internationally renowned Merzouga Rally. The race came to a conclusion this past weekend and Branch has proven his mettle amongst some of the best rally motorcyclists in the world.

The podium finish is expected to take the Dakar Rally racer to even greater heights in the hugely competitive and expensive sport. It has been barely two months since the talented local rider emerged as a top class racer at the Dakar Rally where he finished 13 and walked away with the fastest rookie of the 10 000 km odyssey.

At Merzouga, things seemed a little better for the rider as the terrain offer sand and rock as opposed to the treacherous dunes in Dakar. Branch who was using a different navigation system in Morocco showed his pace after winning the fourth stage of the race last week Thursday.

Prior to his podium finish Branch said Merzouga was only his second rally and he was willing to learn from some of the top riders in the sport. The KTM 450cc rider said he was now setting his sights on other major races including the 2020 Dakar Rally that has been confirmed for Saudi Arabia.

Since returning from the Dakar, Ross has stayed busy and competed at the cross-country championship in Kwazulu Natal in South Africa, where he finished fourth. The local rider is expected to compete at the upcoming 1000 km Toyota Desert Race, an event he has won more than seven times.

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