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The Botswana national boxing team athlets have once again proven that they are a dominant force in the region after defending their Zone IV championship in Mozambique over the weekend.

However, the battle has just begun for the talented nine-athlete strong team. The team, which consists of six men and three women, will now focus on qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

The all-conquering squad, which arrived home earlier this week will not be taking any break as the pugilists will now move on to an international training camp that includes stop overs in Morocco, France and Kazakhstan later this month.

However, there is a place for only three boxers – two men and one woman – who will add to the numbers in the 2016 Botswana Olympic team. After the international training camp, Team Botswana will face a stiff test at the 2016 Olympic qualifiers scheduled for Cameroon in March.

Botswana was in sheer dominance in Maputo, with power-punching welterweight (69kg) Lentswe Zwinila defeating Lorenzo Cossa of Mozambique 3-0 while 75kg contender Zibani Chikanda dominated Snamiso Nutu.

In addition, local pugilist wonder kid Kabelo Bagwasi not only outclassed Paulo Jorge of Mozambique at lightweight (60 kg) but was also crowned boxer of the tournament. Marshall Mokgwaela won his 52kg bout against a South African opponent.

Meanwhile, both Otukile Mahommed and Kutlwano Ogaketse lost their bouts while in the women’s category, Koketso Dipogiso beat SA’s Bathabile Zigubu. Keamogetse Kenosi and Keneilwe Rakhudu lost their bouts.

In an interview this week, Botswana Boxing Association’s (BoBA) spokesperson Kenny Maragana said the team gave a stellar performance at the Zone IV showdown.

However, he added that the bus trip to Mozambique was not without any challenges as the team experienced a breakdown in SA en-route to Gaborone. Johannes Ditlhabang coaches the men’s team while the women’s team is under Thebe Setlalekgosi.

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Well-endowed Galaxy

Isaac Pheko

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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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