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Sensational Miscellaneous face tough test

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Serowe’s Miscellaneous SC have arguably been the surprise package of the 2017/18 season. The BTC Premiership outfit have been the third best team in the country for the better part of the season. Currently on the fourth spot, Tse Nala are battling with the more fancied Orapa United for third spot in the league. The Serowe outfit even boast of a shock win against championship points leader Township Rollers. Under veteran local coach Boyo ‘Oris’ Radipotsane, Miscellaneous were the first team to claim the sculp of Rollers when they beat the MmaMasire glamour boys 3-1.

However, this weekend Radipotsane’s charges face perhaps their toughest challenge including a difficult fixture against Gaborone United at the Serowe Sports Complex tonight (Wednesday). A home ground advantage is expected to come in handy for Radipotsane. Four days later, Tse Nala are expected to be in Jwaneng Mining town to face a rather stiff test against Jwaneng Galaxy. By any means the two fixtures will be difficult to predict. However, given their achievements in both the first and second round, Miscelleneous will both be coming into the two fixtures as underdogs.

Tse Nala are currently at 41 points in fourth position after 23 games. Their amazing season’s fairy tale include scoring 38 goals which is more that championship front runners Rollers and Galaxy. Radipotsane took over from Daniel Nare who moved on to Orapa United in the first round. He inherited a highly capable squad after Nare left and Miscelleneous who have been perennial relegation candidates are bound to finish the league in the lucrative Top 8 bracket. Against GU tonight Miscellaneous will be facing a mid-table team that is home to sensational op goal scorer and possible the most valuable player in the league Thatayaone Kgamanyane. The 22-year-old striker currently commands 17 goals.

Kgamanyane is well on his way to securing the lucrative green boot. However, close behind is Miscelleneous’ Orebotse Mongae with 14 goals. The challenge gets more exciting as the two Top goal scorer contenders come face to face. GU’s Rudolf Zapata will also rely on another prolific goal scorer Tumisang Orebonye who currently commands over 10 goals. Tse Nala will boast of other capable goal scorers which includes Resaobaka Thatanyane, Mponang Mponang and veteran striker Master Masitara. After the GU encounter a looming threat will await Miscelleneous as they face the highly consistent and more fancied Galaxy.

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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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