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Christmas came rather too early for 38-year-old White City woman, Gaobotse Talane, many thanks to her decision to open a bank account with Barclays bank of Botswana in September.

Talane, a machine operator at Kromberg Fchubert factory in Gaborone, challenged herself to start investing for the future and just decided to open an account with Barclays bank.  She was not aware that the bank was running a competition of any kind and is surprised that her decision has paid dividends in just under three months.

Talane couldn’t contain her joy when she heard that she was the proud winner of a DStv Explora decoder which comes with a one year subscription and free installation from Multi-Choice Botswana. In addition she had the honour to host at her two roomed house in White City location in Gaborone, the Barclays Premier league legend and one of the greatest football strikers ever to come from England and Liverpool FC, Robbie Fowler last Saturday.

Not only did Talane benefit from the good gesture extended by Barclays bank who are the official sponsors of the England Premier League, but it was also a dream come true for her boyfriend, her eldest sibling and her boyfriend’s work manager. Her boyfriend’s boss is a great supporter of Liverpool and never thought he would live to meet, hug and share jokes with Fowler, the player he used to admire most during his playing days. Talane says she is still shocked that she won because she never entered for any competition. In fact she suspected that the caller on the other side of the line from Barclays bank who told her that she is among the four winners who recently entered the competition run by the bank was just a swindler.

“I told the caller in crystal clear terms that I never entered for any competition and advised them to keep away from me”.  Further, she has never won anything in her lifetime.  The bank staffer wouldn’t let her go and even offered to come to her house, Plot 1404 in White City to talk to her face to face. When the bank staffers arrived they asked her if she follows Barclays Premier league football to which she said no. “I told them although at times I watch local football, but I am not interested that much, she remembers.

The bank staffers told her that as a winner, she would host in her house a visitor from England. “They asked me to nominate four people of my choice who understand football they also asked me to give them T-shirt sizes for the people I had nominated and the names of their Premier league teams.” The sizes were for home and away replica shirts of the clubs that they support. She chose her boyfriend and father of her two children Kgotla Boitumelo, an employee of Furniture Mart in Mogoditshane and his boss Kgopolelo Khowa. “Others were my elder sister, Keitumetse Talane and my nephew Onkokame Mmualefhe who both live in Lobatse.”

The DStv Explora couldn’t have come at a better time as the family is currently without a television set since they had sent it for repairs. Indeed Talane was surprised when Fowler visited her on Saturday and Multichoice presented her with the Explora decoder. Talane has never owned DStv decoder because it was out of reach for her. A representative of MultiChoice Botswana, Basadi Masimolole said her company will install the Explora and give Talane a television set. Talane says the prize is a miracle provided by God and believes many more good things are coming her way.

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Well-endowed Galaxy

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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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