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Fans call for Bright’s head



The few Zebras’ supporters that graced the weekend game against Leslotho at the national stadium have called for national team coach Major David Bright to be axed. A fan that went to see Major David Bright’s charges in action Thatayothe Basalumi said the Association should look for someone who will improve the national team and bring results quickly. “Bright is not a good coach the only thing that got him that coaching seat is his achievement with the Under 23 a few years back, he has failed in the First Division and his tactics are proving to be outdated.”

Another fan who was present at the stadium when Bright’s men downed Lesotho, 1-0, Molefi Thatayaone Billy indicated that the coach is a counterproductive individual who fails his duties as a coach and should vacate his post. “Personally I feel Bright is not good enough for the national team. Since he took over as the head coach he has never won convincingly. He always claimed he selects players basing on current form but it’s plain vivid, some players haven’t been playing and they are selected.” Molefhi said the game between Lesotho and Botswana has become an anthem game and he is startled by the Zebras performance as he had hoped they would outclass and outshine their opponents.

“We have been playing Lesotho since I was a boy and we are still struggling against them, I thought we have taken a step forward but we are just stuck with our unattractive football of popping balls upfront,” he stressed. “We have outstanding and on form players like Dirang Moloi who aren’t called to the National team, I think the coach needs to shape up or ship out, we need results the AFCON qualifiers are just around the corner and we can’t afford to miss another spectacle.” Some did not attend the game at all saying the National team is not worth watching. Vincent Modi believe the National team is a waste of time “BFA needs to take the National team seriously then we will take the team seriously as the fans.

“I can’t waste time watching that team while there are better games in the First Division, if this was an important game why didn’t the BFA halt all the leagues?” Nonetheless Emmanuel Hero Chikumbuzi had a different view “the coach says that his squad is for the qualifiers, arguably he has put together the best players in the country currently. Although he has opted for untested players like Keagile Kobe and Thatayaone Kgamanyane leaving out peak performers like Motsholetsi Sikele and Maano Ditshupo it is a positive for the youngsters.” He said the coach deserves a chance. “The players seem to be comfortable around him, he commands a lot of respect therefore the team displayed discipline, he is a tried and tested coach with a vast knowledge of local football,” he cited.

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Zapata takes charge



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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