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Kutlwano rake in P270 000 from 2015 league

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Kutlwano Volleyball Club emerged the biggest winners from the 2015 Mascom Volleyball League awards last Thursday, amassing a total of P270 000 in prize money for both the league and the Top 8 championship.

They say their phenomenal success story for both the men and women teams this past season is attributable to more than just their prowess in tactical and technical skills on the field of play.

After almost sweeping all the stakes at the awards last week, Kutlwano have attributed part of their success to developing character in their players, which later translates to success on the court. “We make sure that we instil a sense of humility and dignity in our players when they join the club,” revealed Kutlwano spokesperson Keamogetse Motse in an interview.

Motse said they focus on building character in their players so that they understand where they initially started when they reach greater heights in the game. “Our teams usually consist of a mixture of both new and   experienced players, you would wonder why a seasoned player like Shadrack Kapeko is still playing.”

For winning the year-long league on both the men’s and women’s categories, the club made P200 000 from the first prize money of P100 000 per category. Moreover, Kutlwano men’s team walked away with P40 000 for winning the Mascom Volleyball Top 8 championship while their women made P30 000 from finishing as runners up in the Top 8 tournament.

However, this may have been the last league awards for the sport after Mascom announced before the event that they were pulling out from sponsoring the league – a development that is bound to adversely affect individual volleyball teams in the league.

Quizzed on how this move will affect her team, Motse said they have not received any communication about the issue from the BVF. “We are very much aware of the announcement but I cannot comment any further as the BVF office has not said anything to us.”

Nevertheless, Motse said it would be tragic for teams if the sponsor pulls out of the league. “Luckily, from our side we have a running sponsorship with a local insurance company, Exclusive. They have been sponsoring us since 2011. The sponsorship has been helping us with transport for players and buying equipment.”

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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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