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Big sides raid minnows this transfer window

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It’s all systems go for all teams in the beMobile Premiership this January transfer window as they jostle for available signatures. The transfer window has however come at a wrong time for relegation threatened teams which have been raided by the so-called big teams. Motlakase are expected to lose four of their prized assets.

The duo of Daniel Kedidimetse and national Under 20 player Gape Mohutsiwa will be joining Mochudi Centre Chiefs with another tussle looming between Gaborone United and Chiefs over the signature of another national Under 20 enterprising central defender Thato Kebuwe.

Reports suggest that Fobby Radipotsane, who groomed the player, has negotiated with Chiefs while on the other hand GU is saying they have negotiated with the parent club, Motlakase. The team’s captain Lerato Botshelo is also moving to GU.

In Maun, Sankoyo Bush Bucks have lost Jackson Lesole, again to GU, while their most influential forward who stirred controversy last season – Morris Ruzivo – has joined his former coach Mabena at Jwaneng-based Galaxy FC.

Meanwhile Kenanao Kgetholetsile has dumped Galaxy FC to rejoin his former team Gilport Lions. The Jwaneng side is now in dire need of an experienced striker in their campaign to survive the relegation axe.

Kabelo Seakanyeng has joined GU after dumping the army side BDF X1. The youthful Seakanyeng shot to prominence under former coach Letang Kgengwenyane and with his scintillating performance was a regular at national team level.

In the western part of the country Orapa United have poached Nico United’s talisman Onkabetse Makgantai, who’s been scoring crucial goals for the copper mining team.

Makgantai also played a decisive role last year when he helped Nico survive the jaws of relegation.

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Well-endowed Galaxy

Isaac Pheko

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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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