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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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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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