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beMOBILE Premiership strugglers Motlakase Power Dynamos are a team that is going down this season.

Surprisingly, the team’s coach Agang Mogotsi believes that come next season, they will still be playing premiership football.Motlakase squandered an opportunity to move closer to safety when they lost 2-1 to Police XI at home on Saturday night but Mogotsi reckons the fight for survival is far from over and that his side will shock many by retaining top flight football status.

Languishing second from bottom on the log with two victories from 18 outings, the Palapye side seems set for doom alongside FC Satmos unless they miraculously conjure up some escape strategy.

Mogotsi said that the team’s stakeholders met and mapped a survival strategy which is informed by an analysis they made during the Christmas break. “We realized that we need to bolster our frontline. We lost Lapologang Motlogi to Sua Flamengos at the beginning of the season but we have brought him back. He was our top goal scorer for the past two seasons and losing him had an impact as we couldn’t score enough goals,” he told Sun Sport.

Mogotsi added that they have identified lack of experience as a major problem in their squad, hence a decision to bring back Otsile Osenna and Gabatlhomphe Tsheko, both of whom had joined Jwaneng Galaxy FC in the recent off-season. Dynamos relied on at least 7 school going children in the first round and that cost the team dearly when the boys had to be granted leave to seat for their examinations.

The coach however confirmed that the technical team now wants to use the tried and tested. He is convinced the team will sign more players to strengthen their squad before the end of January.

Mogotsi’s dream of seeing his side compete in the premiership next season could be dealt a blow if the star players rumoured to be on their way out eventually leave his club. He has already lost captain Lerato Botshelo to Gaborone United and left-back Joseph Nkgoeng is said to be on his way to Miscellaneous.

Miscellaneous coach Russia Chaba has confirmed that they have held talks with the player and his arrival in Serowe is imminent. However, Mogotsi dismissed Nkgoeng’s proposed move to Miscellaneous as a social media hoax and added that the player will be appointed as the team’s new captain.

Another player on the verge of leaving Dynamos is industrious midfielder Gape Pogba Mohutsiwa. Sun Sport has been reliably informed that Mochudi Centre Chiefs have approached Palapye All Stars, the parent club that has loaned Mohutsiwa to Motlakase, about the availability of the player this transfer window.
Mohutsiwa confirmed Chiefs’ inquiry to Sun Sport and he is very keen on a move to the big boys.

According to Mogotsi, survival will depend on two things – the commitment of the players and the support of the fans. He said that there are still many points to play for and they will treat each game as if it is their last. However, he must very worried man given his side’s next five fixtures: Green Lovers away; Township Rollers at home; BDF XI away; Nico United at home and Jwaneng Galaxy FC away.

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Local boxers ready for regional tourney



CONFIDENT: Newly unveiled LOC is confident that the regional tourney will be a success

Botswana Boxing Association (BoBA) this past Tuesday officially unveiled a Local Organising Committee (LOC) that has been tasked with preparing for the upcoming Zone 4 championships that are to be held in Botswana.

The team is headed by celebrated boxing legend France Mabiletsa and is expected to host more than seven countries that are expected to descend in Botswana in the next two weeks. Officiating at the event, Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) Vice Chairperson Tsoseletso Magang said that BoBA officials should refrain from interfering with the task given to the LOC. She noted that many sporting codes often give the LOC the responsibility of delivering an event only for the code members to bully themselves into the affairs of the LOC and disrupts the preparations.

Magang warned that there is little time left before the tournament, and with that, the LOC will need all the support to ensure they deliver a successful event. She noted that hosting the regional tournament gave Botswana an upper hand of fielding more athletes that will have an opportunity to qualify for the Africa Championships scheduled for later this year.

For his part, Mabiletsa noted that they have already hit the ground running and confident that the event will be a success. The competition will be hosted in Botho College and they are in talks with Ave Maria to accommodate athletes. “Life will be made much easier for athletes if they are accommodated at Ave Maria because it is closer to the competition venue,” he said.

He explained that the zone is made up of 12 countries of Lesotho, Angola, Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe among others. However as of this past Tuesday, only seven had confirmed participation and they expect to finalize the logistics by the end of the week.

Meanwhile, a formidable national boxing team of eight men captained by Mmusie Tswiiige (60kg) and three ladies led by Lethabo Modukanele (48kg) will represent the country at the regional tournament.

According to the Head coach Lechedzani ‘Master’ Luza, the team has been on camp for the past three weeks. In his opinion, the team is ready to compete. “Generally, they are not bad, we need to work on a few things such as power and speed on some boxers, the defence department is also not bad,” he said.

Luza noted that Botswana has always established herself as a powerhouse and there is no doubt that majority, if not all team Botswana members will win a medal during competition time. He explained that the competition was one of the many leading to Tokyo 2020 Olympics and will give local boxers an opportunity to qualify for the Olympics.

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Branch does it again



Local motorcycle racing sensation Ross Branch has continued his stellar form after securing overall second position in the internationally renowned Merzouga Rally. The race came to a conclusion this past weekend and Branch has proven his mettle amongst some of the best rally motorcyclists in the world.

The podium finish is expected to take the Dakar Rally racer to even greater heights in the hugely competitive and expensive sport. It has been barely two months since the talented local rider emerged as a top class racer at the Dakar Rally where he finished 13 and walked away with the fastest rookie of the 10 000 km odyssey.

At Merzouga, things seemed a little better for the rider as the terrain offer sand and rock as opposed to the treacherous dunes in Dakar. Branch who was using a different navigation system in Morocco showed his pace after winning the fourth stage of the race last week Thursday.

Prior to his podium finish Branch said Merzouga was only his second rally and he was willing to learn from some of the top riders in the sport. The KTM 450cc rider said he was now setting his sights on other major races including the 2020 Dakar Rally that has been confirmed for Saudi Arabia.

Since returning from the Dakar, Ross has stayed busy and competed at the cross-country championship in Kwazulu Natal in South Africa, where he finished fourth. The local rider is expected to compete at the upcoming 1000 km Toyota Desert Race, an event he has won more than seven times.

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