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The Township Rollers brethren are in one accord as the club embarks on the first steps to being a fully-fledged professional entity.

For one of the most successful football brands in the country, the road to their last weekend’s Annual General Meeting at Gaborone West Community Hall had been long and marked by a lot of hostile episodes. However, the dust has seemingly settled as to whether the club returns to society status or continues on the path to commercialisation by bringing on board an investor with financial clout.

Before electing a new committee to take the club   forward, the Popa faithful agreed on a commercialisation model to adopt. Under this new model, Popa is expected to lease their teams, especially the mainstream premiership side, to an investor, believed to be the local business mogul, Jagdish Shah. In return, the investor is expected to pay the society a certain fee per year as determined by the value of the club.

On paper, this seems like the logical and yet progressive model. This arrangement, dubbed ‘hybrid,’ is expected to take the club to greater heights. If such a model were executed as planned, this would be a positive step towards commercialising football in Botswana and other clubs in the beMOBILE Premiership would be expected to follow suit.  

Most of the Rollers supporters had been vocal and critical towards going back to the society as evidenced by the threats towards influential yet radical supporter Mookodi Seisa after he allegedly called for the team to revert back to the old way of doing things even if it meant they relegate to a lower division.

During the AGM, Rollers Secretary General Khumo Masonya said there was no way the club would go back to operating as a society as winds of change were sweeping through African football calling for the team to commercialise and operate like other companies. He cited the Botswana Football Association’s (BFA) invitation for a club-licensing workshop last year in  December.

“Club licensing in African football basically means the Societies role in team management will be reduced, there will be need for positions like Chief Executive Officer and General Manager in the new model,” Masonya told the multitudes of Rollers supporters.

In addition, Masonya cautioned supporters against taking teams to court, advising that FIFA has its own courts within its structures.

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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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