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ROLLERS FINEST HOUR

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Botswana’s motocross and off road sensation Vincent Crosbie is back in the saddle after winning the Malotwane national championship race this past weekend. The indomitable Crosbie who conquered the treacherous Dakar Rally in 2016 faced a lot of adversary that threatened his riding career last year. This past Saturday, Crosbie’s rivals were left behind in a cloud of dust as the talented rider rode to victory in the elite 450 cc category. Last year, Crosbie endured a freak accident when a trailer used to haul his bike fell on his hand and left him with a fracture. Crosbie had to do two operations before his hand could come back to normal. Nevertheless, this was not the only injury the ace rider had to endure.

The Dakar conquering hero sustained another injury while competing at last year’s 1000 km Toyota Desert Race. The injury left him with a ruptured stomach muscle. This past weekend, the ambitious rider proved his resilience when he successfully competed in the popular Malotwane off road race. “I started riding the bike two weeks ago. That is when the doctors cleared me to race,” Crosbie said. The rider said it took him a total of four month before he could return to action. “It is nice to be back, I needed to know that I could return to the level that I was in before. However, I still need to return to the level of competitiveness, that I was in before,” he said.

The likeable sports hero said the crowd welcomed him back with warm hands during the Malotwane race. Crosbie completed the race 200km race distance in 2hrs 49 minutes while Robert Pollock followed in second place at 2hours 59 minutes. “I have a big race coming up in South Africa in two weeks. There is another race in Gaborone on 17th March.” Meanwhile Crosbie has expressed more hunger for the world famous Dakar Rally which stretches over 10 000 km in the unforgiving South American desert. In January 2019 we are going back to the Dakar Rally. Sponsorship money is still far off but we have started with good sponsors already. Crosbie currently rides for the Peak Yamaha team. Some of Crosbie’s sponsors include Noble Supplies, USN Botswana, O3 Beverages and De Vrye Transport.

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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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