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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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Zapata takes charge

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TAKING CHARGE: Zapata assumes his position

Township Rollers Head Coach Rodolfo Zapata was this past Tuesday in charge of the team’s training session, a first since he was appointed Rollers coach in November 2018.

Sun Sports has been reliably informed by sources that were present at the morning session that the Argentine coach was at the grounds and it was all clear that he is now the man in control of the team.

Zapata was made to jump through hoops before he could finally take over the reins at Rollers. First he had to battle with his former club, Gaborone United to cancel his active working permit with the team. The matter dragged for more than a month.

When GU finally gave in, Zapata’s qualifications as a coach were questioned. This came as shocking given that Zapata is GU’s former coach. Nevertheless, a source within Botswana Football Association (BFA) circles has told this paper that Zapata was cleared by CAF last week. As things stand Zapata will be expected on the bench this coming Friday when they play Notwane. If not, then his first job will be the Mascom Top 8 Semi-final against GU next week.

The Rollers management could not be reached yesterday as their phones rang unanswered and repeated efforts revealed that the team spokesperson, Bafana Pheto is currently across borders.
Meanwhile, Zapata’s arrival comes at a crucial time following Rollers ‘s embarrassing defeat to the hands of rivals Jwaneng Galaxy this past weekend. Galaxy cut short the endless winning streak of the defending championships to serve them their second loss since the beginning of the league with a score line of 3-1.

Of late , unconfirmed reports suggest that players had grown impatient with the caretaker coach, Thabo Motang. They differed and questioned his decisions on the pitch. Motang is now reported to have gone back to the department he knows best, goalkeeper coach.

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Moluba wants a replica of previous success

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PLAY MAKER: Moalosi is a prolific goal scorer

Township Rollers influential midfielder, Edwin Moalosi confirmed his ambitions to help his team to repeat their run in the previous season to win both Botswana Telecommunication (BTC) Premiership league and the Mascom Top 8. Moluba as he is affectionately known said this after their 3-1 loss to Jwaneng Galaxy at the National Stadium this past Saturday.

Rollers 2018/19 BTC league campaign have been impressive thus far as they are still at the summit of the log despite their loss over the weekend. The Galaxy loss was their second, having lost to the other mining team, Orapa United. However, they have already reached the semi-finals of the Mascom Top 8.

Moalosi told Sun Sport that this season is not going to be a walk in the path, “It is not easy being the defending Champions as you become the team to beat, every team will try hard not to give you space to play or attack hence all the games we play become a mammoth task,” said Moalosi.

Moalosi further stated that being eliminated from the Confederations of African Football (CAF) Champions league early was a blessing in disguise, “We are now out of the CAF Champions league and we can now focus on doing well in the domestic league and cup tournament (Mascom Top 8).

In addition, we need to double our efforts as players so that we reach our ultimate goals,” he said.
Quizzed about his individual goals as a player despite picking so many injuries this season, he said, “Injuries are part of the game, it only depends on every player as to how you respond to it, I am always positive regardless of the circumstances I come across. I want to increase my goal tally and hopefully improve my assists as well,” explained.

However, Jwaneng Galaxy Captain, Olebogeng Malebye who scored a marvellous curler on the day said they are going to give Rollers a run for their money this season, “We are going to fight to death to try and leapfrog Rollers and eventually win the league as it has been our aim for a long time. And finally, we managed to beat them after a very long time trying with no success,” said Malebye.

Jwaneng Galaxy’s season is slowly improving as they are now second on the log, and Orapa United seems to be struggling a bit but the league is still open. Another round of BTC Premiership league matches is expected to continue this coming weekend with a couple of interesting fixtures to look out to including Township Rollers and Notwane FC on Friday at Molepolole and Security Systems and Mochudi Centre Chiefs on Saturday at the same venue, just to mention a few.

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