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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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Well-endowed Galaxy

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FIRE POWER: Galaxy await Rollers

It is only the third week of the 2018/19 BTC Premiership and things are already heating up. Leading the charge is a marauding Jwaneng Galaxy who have already thrown a heavy-handed gauntlet at their rivals after recording a highly impressive 10 goals in just two games.

Galaxy’s intention has been made clear this season after leaving their first two opponents with bloody noses and tails tucked between their legs. The former Mascom Top 8 champions are in a relentless war path with the premier league title on their radar. This weekend, Galaxy host bitter rivals Township Rollers in Jwaneng in what is expected to be a football grudge match. Rollers have been a prickly thorn in Galaxy’s quest to claim the premiership silverware for the past two seasons.

This means the weekend fixture will be the most compelling of the new season. However, Galaxy seem to be packing more heat coming into the Saturday fixture having annihilated both Prisons XI (5-0) and Security Systems (5-0). Galaxy are currently occupying first position alongside second place Sharps Shooting Stars at six points apeice. The game against Popa this weekend will be a litmus test for Galaxy. If the Debswana backed side beats the reigning champions they will establish themselves as potential contenders for the 2018/19 title honours. On the flipside, a loss against Rollers will only mean the first two games were short of a bluff.

Pound for pound Mapalastina have the best squad in the domestic league but a new look Galaxy are well endowed in their own right. In an interview this week, Galaxy spokesperson Tankiso Morake said they played Rollers three times last season and all the games ended in a draw. “Remember we played Rollers in the Mascom Top 8 in Lobatse,” an up-beat Morake said. Morake further said they expected their new coach to receive his permits and start manning the bench when they play Rollers this weekend. “Our supporters have told us that they expected nothing less than league honours this season.” Morake attributes the positive result to a great pre-season.

“You will remember that there was a fake list in the media indicating that we have parted ways with most of our players. You can see that the likes of Ayanda Molefe and Isaac Paeye are still part of the team. There is a lot of competition in our team because we mostly have young players in the team including Lebogang Ditsile who played at Highlands Park in South Africa.” Furthermore, Morake conceded that Rollers are a strong team but argued that they will win the games from the technical bench. “You will remember that we started the last season back tracking but this time things are different.”

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Bridge team fails to impress

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The local team comprised of under 16, under 21 and under 26 categories. In an interview this week, BBF spokesperson Mbakiso Malilo did not mince his words when he described the team’s performance as terrible with all the three teams failing to qualify for the quarter finals.

“Making it to the quarter finals was our target following a good showing in the online championship by our junior team. I believe we can work on improving the playing standard for kids (under 16) as they still stand a chance to compete in the under 21 and under 26 categories for future championships,” he said.

However, Malilo explained that the local youth team gained a lot of experience as the played against more advanced rivals. Quizzed on challenges they faced with a predominantly youthful team, Malilo said: “the trip was too long and for most of the players this was their first experienced of travelling such a great distance. The jet lag ended up affecting the team’s performance as they showed signs of fatigue.” Malilo said their objective was to train young players and give them exposure to the game early on.

“We managed to network with bridge power houses like the Netherlands. Official from the European country expressed interest in training our kids through bridge clinics and enhancing the standard of play and bidding.” Malilo said they selected the junior team that travelled to China through local tournament that was held in Gaborone earlier this year. The tournament was attend by mostly tertiary school students and out of school youth in the junior and youngsters’ category. For the under 16 category we invited student from secondary schools.

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