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LIGHTS FADE AT MOTLAKASE

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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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Well-endowed Galaxy

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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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