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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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Selibe Phikwe bowls club faces closure

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Selibe-Phikwe Bowls Club faces a possible collapse, Sun Sports has learnt. This follows the closure of the BCL mine back in 2016, which has seen the club struggle without the supply of electricity and water.

Speaking to this publication this week, the chairperson of Phikwe club Oabona Motladiile said that things have been stagnant since the mine closed doors. “Nothing is happening here, there is no action at all because when the mine closed, it meant there was no one to pay for the water and electricity bills,” Motladiile said.

Motlaadile explained that their grounds are situated at Area 2, a place that the mine paid all bills for, however it has since proved very hard for them to maintain the green that needs constant watering. He said they do not have any alternative facilities to use and have since informed the Phikwe council about their difficulties but still solutions have not been found.

The Phikwe Chairman at the time of going to press said he was not sure of the exact figures they needed on a monthly basis but around 20 000 litres of water and electricity not exceeding P 1 000. He lamented that the Phikwe club is one of the oldest clubs locally and at one point had about 30 members. However, numbers have been dropping because there is no action.

“We are a very competitive club of men and women who make it into the national team,” he said. John Gaborutwe who is the BBA Vice President said that the possible closure of Phikwe Bowls Club was one of the topical issues to be discussed during the BBA Annual General Meeting (AGM) this coming weekend. The affiliates will be expected to vote for a new Vice President, Treasurer and Director of Bowls as the term for the current office bearers expires.

The AGM will be followed by the start of the Rose Bowl tournament. The tournament is the 1st of the 5-series major tournaments for the 2019 season. The remaining tournaments will be held in Francistown, Orapa, Jwaneng and Phikwe respectively. Jwaneng club is the defending champions.

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BFA FIRES BRIGHT

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Allegations coming out of the Botswana Football Association (BFA) are that national football team head coach Major David Bright has been fired as of Tuesday this week. The illustrious veteran tactician took over from Englishman Peter James Butler more than a year ago.

At the helm of the Zebras, Bright struggled to bring home positive results and find winning combinations. Having failed to lead Zebras past the qualifying stages of the 2019 Afcon competition was the first sign of trouble for the veteran coach at Lekidi. Furthermore the experienced tactician was expected to improve Botswana’s position in the FIFA world rankings. The Zebras are currently in the lowly 145th position.

According to sources close to the matter, Bright was handed a termination letter and challenged to show cause why he should not be relieved of his duties at Lekidi. As one of the most decorated coaches in both Botswana and CAF region, Bright has coached numerous teams including South Africa’s Bay United, Gaborone United and Morupule Wonders.

Reached for comment on the matter the BFA president Maclean Letshwiti insisted that the former army man is still in charge of the senior national team. For his part Bright said he could not comment on the matter and referred Sun Sport to the BFA.

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