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The Botswana Boxing Association’s (BoBA) annual series of interclub tournaments began this past Saturday with the most entertaining and technically superior match of the day pitting together Ofentse Kompone of SSKB Club and Motlatsi Mokobeng of EMG.

The tournament held at Ledumang Senior Secondary School saw the two boxers displaying skill and determination before a raucous crowd at the school hall. However, Mokobeng of the Eastern Military Garrison (EMG) outfit pulled a huge upset over a more fancied Kompone of the Sir Seretse Khama Barracks (SSKB) side.

“This was a very difficult match up. It was so close and I am surprised after the decision,” said Mokobeng after he was declared the winner.

“This is not even my division, I normally compete at 60kg (lightweight), for this match up I came in at 67kg to face a welterweight at 69kg.”

The 29 year old conceded that 69kg was a tough division, adding that he was going back to his   natural division after the tournament. The Selebi Phikwe-based pugilist added that he was out of contention for the whole of last year after succumbing to an injury.

He in fact revealed that his fiercest rival was 60kg boxing wonder kid Kagiso Bagwasi who is currently in the national team. The Serowe native said his future boxing aspirations were to compete at the Olympic Games.

Meanwhile, Kompone, who came into the match as a favourite, partly blamed the effects of a long layoff from the sport for his loss.“I think I should take my time. I believe I will recover to full fitness in three or four months. I came back to boxing last year November,” said the welterweight contender.

Nevertheless, Kompone said the fight was close as they were neck and neck in the first and second rounds before Mokobeng edged him in the third.
Another interesting match was between 1-2-5 Club debutant, Hamal Jajbhai and Karabo Mogorosi of Mafika Boxing Club.

The match drew a lot of cheers and screams from the crowd as the two novice boxers got fiercely combative and occasionally tripped over each other during the bout. Mogorosi was eventually crowned the winner after three rounds.

The well-attended tournament hosted by the Diamond Trading Company (DTCB) Boxing Club featured a total of 22 bouts with nine clubs attending. On the other hand, the tournament   did not feature national team boxers who are currently on a break.

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Well-endowed Galaxy

Isaac Pheko



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



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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