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ROLLERS DEFEND UNDEFEATED STREAK…

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BTC premiership outfit Orapa United will be looking to pull an upset over archrivals Township Rollers when the two clash at the Molepolole Sports Complex this weekend. The Ostriches vs. Popa is fast becoming one of the most compelling fixtures in the domestic league. Moreover, Orapa are quickly building a reputation as Popa’s hoodoo team. An even more interesting fact is that Popa remain undefeated in seven games.

Thus far, Popa have had a good run of results under Coach Nikolas Kavazovic who has been successfully guiding the team to victories since taking over this season. Rollers have since accumulated a staggering 24 points out of eight games and keeping a clean track record with 100 percent winning streak. Nikolas Kavazovic has introduced his charges to new tactics and they have adapted to his formation without a sweat.

The 3-4-3 formation has been a revelation for Popa with Tshepho Matete and Motsholetsi Sikele taking fresh roles as full backs. With Mosha Gaolaolwe out on injury, the once forgotten Oscar Ncenga will be brought back to make up the three men backline alongside Simisani Mathumo and Tshepho Motlhabankwe, who will be complimented by the full backs will fortify the defence. Mapalastina are expected to field an impeccable midfield including Maano Ditshupo and Lemponye Tshireletso interchangeably leading the attacks and frequently helping in defence.

The trio of Edwin Moalosi, Segolame Boy and Mthokozisi Msomi leading the attacks in front of goal, a rather Sharp Moalosi will be preying on the defense. Meanwhile Orapa United caretaker coach Daniel Nare will have a mammoth task of trying to balance the unstable Ostriches. Orapa are currently stuck on position six with 11 points after eight fixtures. Nare has been doing well at previous club Miscellaneous after leading the club to a comfortable third position with 13 points. Nare will have to take up Madinda Ndlovu’s staggering formation for the time being while trying to get the team back on track after their fortunes declined under the leadership of the Zimbabwean mentor.

Thanking Mosige and Olekantse Mambo will be in the heart of the defense while Lesenya Ramoraka and Kealeboga Molebatsi will occupy the left back and right back respectively keeping a stable four men rigid defense. Kemmy Pilatwe and Tapiwa Nyamanjiva will be the pair in the midfield to take up the battle against Lemponye Tshireletso and Maano Ditshupo, although their pairing has been a headache.

Orapa supporters will expect that the reunion of Kemmy Pilatwe and Nare yield positive results for the Debswana mining company sponsored outfit. Lemogang Maswena and Gift Moyo will both be playing out wide challenging the likes Tshepho Matete and Motsholetsi Sikele. Explosive speed and hard tackling will be expected to grace the sides of the pitch. Nare will trust Omaatla Kebatho to test Keagile Kgosipula’s goalposts with Tendai Nyumasi coming from deep to support the lone striker.

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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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