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Sensei Eileen Alberts may just be what the doctor has ordered for the Botswana Karate Association (BOKA) female athletes.

Currently the high achieving Alberts is the only and first female Chief Instructor in Botswana. BOKA appointed the high-flying Alberts recently at their watershed Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) held in Palapye. Speaking to The Midweek Sun this week, Alberts said she is proud to be the Chief instructor of International Shokotan Karate Foundation, an international karate organisation affiliated to BOKA.

As the only female Chief Instructor, Alberts said it is now up to her to ensure that she mothers all female karatekas in Botswana.“I will like to ensure, that as a lady in BOKA, I get more women involved in Karate at national, continental and international level.  Owing to the fact that Karate is seen as a “Man’s” sport, I will like to assist BOKA in recruiting women so that Botswana can field a strong women team in the coming international events,” she said.

Alberts knows that it will not be easy to achieve all her plans in a short time and conceded that she will be seeking assistance from her male counterparts. “ Talk about pressure, there is plenty of that at the moment. Many eyes will be on me, especially from the female side because the hope is that I will assist women and ensure that they are given an opportunity to represent the country internationally,” she said. Albert said there is urgent need to increase the number of females in male dominated roles such as coaching and the referee’s panel.

She noted that it makes her happy to see more women trying to take up karate, adding that there is hope for the girl child in karate. For his part, BOKA spokesperson Isaiah Ramontshonyana said the appointment of Alberts comes at the right time when the Association is trying to empower women. He explained that they have full confidence in her as an instructor, “When we visited her dojo we learned that she is hands on, her federation has been attending trainings in South Africa and they also attend local tournaments,” Ramontshonyane said. Going into the future, Ramontshonyane said inspiration should be drawn from Alberts that women are capable of taking up leading roles in male dominated sporting codes.

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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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