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Injuries hold Nyumasi back

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Orapa United attacking midfielder Tendai Nyumasi’s nagging thigh injury to have negative effects on his football career. This past weekend when Orapa humiliated Gaborone United (GU) 4-1in a Mascom Top 8 second leg semi-final clash, Nyumasi could not continue with the game because of his painful injury. Nyumasi found himself substituted by Ronald Chikomo 10 minutes into the second half of the game. However, the 32-year-old Zimbabwean player could not take it anymore as his emotions got the best of him when he walked out of the pitch.

So painful was the substitution that the passionate player could not help but shed a tear. Compounding to his painful replacement was that the player had just earned his side (Orapa United) the much- needed equalizing goal in the dying minutes of the first half. From a distance, it seemed the goal had helped him regain his confidence, only for his hopes to be dashed by the nagging injury. He failed to contain himself and wept bitterly in his Coach Daniel ‘Chico Dance’ Nare arms. Both his legs were in severe pain and he was forced to call it a day.

Nyumasi returned to the playing field a fortnight ago, he has been on a long rest since the beginning of the 2017/2018 season. The weekend match was his second assignment in the Mascom Top 8 Cup. During the first leg of their encounter with GU at Itekeng Stadium a week ago, Nyumasi was pulled out during the 60th minute. “I am hurt, I wanted to play the full 90 minutes but my legs could not allow me and the coach decided to pull me out,” said the shattered Nyumasi in an interview with Sun Sports after the game. Nyumasi explained that his legs are failing him and he has to be cautious to prevent further complications. He said doctors told him that his muscles were almost torn however they have assured him that he will recover with time.

Orapa’s game against GU had sparks flying all over, Orapa was having a field day embarrassing the Gaborone based outfit, a mouthwatering game it was in Nyumasi’s opinion. He said his heart was bleeding when he was forced to watch from the bench, he too wanted a piece of the cake. Meanwhile, Orapa United mouthpiece Kabo William has assured that Nyumasi is fine and all is well. “He got emotional because he wanted to score more goals on the day, he was thirsty for a win that day,” he said. William said should there be any changes they will give him (Nyumasi) enough rest however they were instructed by medical practitioners that he should be given game time for him to keep fit. He is expected to be on the line up during the Mascom TOP 8 final against Township Rollers later this month.

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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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