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Fraiser unavailable for TAFIC tonight

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Prolific striker Bonolo Fraiser who is currently a subject of discussion between BTC Premiership clubs TAFIC and Miscellaneous is not expected to feature in tonight’s encounter between the two clubs in Serowe. In an interview with Sun Sports this week, TAFIC’s Technical manager Carlos Motaung confirmed the current developments adding that his team have long approached the Serowe based outfit for the services of Fraser. “After approaching the team, they gave us a go ahead to negotiate with the player, which we have done already.

We now understand that the player is in negotiations with his team over his few months in their contract . As things stands, we are not going to be able to use the player against his former team this evening,” Motaung said. However, sources within TAFIC this week reported that the deal with Fraiser is practicaly done.Nevertheless, the source alleged that Miscellaneous are dragging their feet to finalise the deal, as they are concerned that Fraser might cause them damage during the game this evening. “After today’s game, Fraiser will definitely play for TAFIC in their next game,” the source said. When contacted for a comment regarding the current developments between the two premiership clubs, Miscellaneous Secretary General Orapeleng Mosiamisi confirmed Fraiser’s pending move to Francistwon but rubbished claims that his team did not want their rivals to use the player in today’s match.

Mosiamisi disclosed that Fraser has not been training with the team for the past week and they don’t have any intentions to use him against his new team.“Yes I can confirm that TAFIC has approached us to negotiate with the player something that they have so far done pending a transfer fee and balance owed in his contract of agreement. Currently the player is left with five months in his contract a matter which is still in discussion between the player and my team. We are aware that local football teams do not have money hence we are flexible to even negotiate a reasonable fee for the player.

If TAFIC is eager to use the player, they should do the right thing by paying us off since we have long agreed to have him move to Ghetto as per his wish, “Mosiamisi explained. Meanwhile, Sun Sport is reliably informed that Fraiser might end up joining Sua Flamingos because the team has a strong financial backup by Botash. A source close to the player disclosed that at TAFIC the player will not have any fixed contract and a salary something, which will make him think twice before signing for the Ghetto based outfit.

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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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