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A year ago chasing after the coveted green boot was a far-fetched dream for red-hot Orapa United striker Thabang Sesinyi.

During that time, the evergreen 23-year-old former Limkokwing University student was not even playing for the Ostriches. But six months later Sesinyi’s antics on the pitch have been a living proof that with ambition, talent and focus, dreams can be realised in the short term. The lanky star’s meteoric rise to the top parallels that of Orapa United in the premier league.  

Currently, Sesinyi who was an unknown entity less than   12 months ago, is tied at 12 goals apiece with Mochudi Centre Chiefs’ Lemponye Tshireletso and breakout star Moatlhodi Ralesotla of Gaborone United at the summit of the top goal scorer charts. This is by any means an incredible feat for a premier league rookie.

“I joined Orapa United last year around July after I had come for trials and immediately impressed the technical team. At the time, I did not even think I could make it into the first 18 squad at the team,” Sesinyi told Sun Sports.Before joining the mighty Ostriches under headcoach Madinda Ndlovu, Sesinyi was playing for 2nd Division outfit Field Masters.

“When I arrived at Orapa the coach gave me a lot of motivation and I also derived courage from my team mates on the pitch.” The Palapye-born striker says he does not have any particular formula for his scoring prowess in the pitch, adding that it was all down to hard work. “Right now my main focus is to help the team to acquire maximum points for all the remaining games in the league,” he said.

Sesinyi also expressed confidence that the Ostriches would out-muscle bitter rivals Township Rollers to snatch the 2015/16 premier league title. He added however that his team would also be squarely focused on the lucrative Mascom Top 8 where they have reached the semi-finals.

Although the youthful striker is currently tied at the top of the goal scorer standings, he has downplayed his chances of walking away with the green boot, arguing that there was still a lot to play for in the remaining games.

Meanwhile, Orapa headcoach expressed satisfaction with the rest of his team adding that he could not ask for anything else from his charges following a consistent showing in their last 21 games. “It would be unfair to ask for more from the team. These boys have consistently shown character,” said the championship winning coach.

Nevertheless, Ndlovu said the Ostriches still need to work on their finishing. The Orapa outfit failed to score in their past weekend’s game where they drew 0-0 with Jwaneng’s Galaxy FC, but they are hopeful to redeem themselves this Friday evening when they take on Miscellaneous in Serowe.

“We now need more of some intelligent finishing,” Ndlovu concluded.

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Heelang, hands off journalists!

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In our last edition, we touched on athletes who need to be media savvy, however it appears the vaccine needs to be administered on sports leaders too.

There is a highly contagious disease spreading rapidly in the sports space with those in power having a wrong perception of owning the media or somehow entitled to publicity. Such people want to literally dictate what should be broadcast or published, fa ba bata go go nyantshetsa o utwa gotwe, write and send back so I crosscheck.

That equals disrespecting and undermining a journalist to the lowest level; it is more like wanting to teach a scribe how to do their work. If you are in a wrong profession at your respected workplace, please kindly send in your Curriculum Vitae (CV) to newsrooms, you might land that Editor- In Chief position. Then there are those who will make scribes feel like they signed a death warrant, why did you not cover my event? You are not reliable; you are only good at chasing certain individuals. Heelang! Stop crucifying journalists, they do not owe anyone anything and realistically speaking cannot cover everything to please all.

Oops and there are those who never want anything bad or controversial associated with their name. They start off as bosom buddies, discussing ‘non offensive’ issues and once in a while a compliment thrown their way. Once the dark days come knocking and gears are changed, suddenly the same journalist ke moloi wa meno a 4 mo ganong. Really now? So, all along the witch was not visible and now that the tables have turned and it hurts like never before, things have become clearer? Perhaps, you forget what the real job of a scribe is? You cannot befriend a journalist my friends, if you do, then something is seriously wrong! Expect the good together with the bitter taste of unwanted publicity.

There is also a time when the scribes are labelled bomma dijo le bo Rradijo. To an extent that you even emphasize that there will be food at your events, so the more the merrier! I agree, generally only a few can say NO to free food but it becomes a bit untidy when you put a food price tag to your events. Ga re gane, there are some colleagues with a huge appetite and they are not even shy about it but isn’t it that there are people like that all over.

Le re tshabisa go ja, please! Another trend, initially good but now disturbing is that of organisations spoiling some rotten journalists by travelling with them to certain places, all expenses fully paid for. This includes food, accommodation and transportation. Things then become cozy when a drink or two is thrown in, nice but at what expense? Is it out of good will or tantamount to bribery?

Some associations tend to confuse it all with rubbing off bad publicity. Kgantele e nna, ao laitaka, o lebala o robetse ko Cresta Hotel ke go reketse biri? A guilty conscience then kicks in and stories are shelved. It is only a few that manage to look beyond the fancy trips and royal treatment and uphold journalism principles. Better you spoil journalists but without undue expectations, accept both the bad and the good coming your way.

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Abidal punches ticket to TS Galaxy

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Township Rollers’s defensive Midfielder Gape ‘Abidal’ Mohutsiwa has confirmed that he will be plying his trade at South African based TS Galaxy next season.

This follows rife speculation that Mohutsiwa’s deal with Galaxy might have somehow fallen off. The strong suspicions came about last week when the national first division side communicated the team’s new signings. Local based players of Mosha Gaolaolwe, Thero Setsile and Ezekiel Morake were mentioned in the list and Mohutsiwa’s name was suspiciously omitted. As if that was not enough, the team went on to show off pictures of the trio signing contracts with the team management but still no mention of Mohutsiwa.

Speaking to Sun Sport this week, Mohutsiwa explained that he had seen the communication but made nothing from it. “I am still going because even my work permit is ready, all is well and there is no need to panic,” he said.

The 22-year-old pointed out that TS Galaxy had informed that they will communicate dates to join them in South Africa. He is expecting their call anytime after completing the season this coming weekend.

“I also saw those pictures with the management and its is not like they signed the contracts last week. I suspect that they were just appreciating the performance made by my fellow colleagues Morake and Setsile during the COSAFA championships staged in Durban South Africa,” said Mohutsiwa.

The young Abidal as he is well known is convinced that the TS Galaxy management was just ‘boasting’ about the kind of talent they are bringing to their team. “I did not perform to the best of my ability during COSAFA championships but I cannot say they were neglecting me, I am actually fine with it,” he said.

Mohutsiwa added that as young as he is, he believes that he has a lot to offer and the intention is not to return home in a year or so. He has been signed for three years and the expectation is that he completes his term and perhaps find other lucrative deals out there.

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