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The day English football legend Robbie Fowler visited eKasi

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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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Makwengwe promises fire and fury

Isaac Pheko

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ON A MISSION: Makwengwe

Gaborone United (GU)headcoach Philimon Makwengwe has sent a chilling message to his future opponents following a 0-1 loss to reigning BTC Premiership champions Township Rollers this past weekend.

A buoyant Makwengwe who is searching for at least two hungry strikers at GU declared that there will be nothing but misery in store for his future opponents. Following the closely contested Gaborone derby Makwengwe said:

“I have to improve in attack, I am not scoring goals, and I need to change my position on the log. I know the buzz was around the Gaborone Derby but that was never my concern. My team is currently in the red and I needed the points. I have to get out of the red and attacking my opponents is necessary”.

The unrelenting coach made it clear that Moyagoleele should not perform below their showing against Rollers last weekend. Makwengwe said the Money Machine will need to be “attack minded” in their next fixtures.

“What people should know is that Township Rollers have beaten me three times. They beat me twice back in 2012 during the Mascom Top 8. That was not the last time as they defeated me again at Prisons Airwick means this is now the fourth time.

The local tactician said losses to the Mma-Masire outfit should be a wake-up call for him. Nevertheless, Makwengwe said Rollers are the champions and one of the best teams not only in the country but the rest of the region.

“This is a team that gives a good brand of Botswana football. I am a champion myself, I am not a loser but I cannot beat Rollers alone.” Regarding the rest of the first round, Makwengwe said they will hit the ground running, I have no time to lament on negatives, I will not bemoan so many things.

My next opponents should stand in line and prepare to become victims.” The experienced coach said GU are a big brand and they should move away from where they are in the log standings. Losing 0-1 to a team like Rollers shows that we have to work on consistency.

The coach conceded the fact that he needs to make changes in his squad. I need about eight players including a fast winger on the left, I need a striker or two and these should be real strikers not people who play upfront.

Makwengwe said the current strikers at the team include a local who is a work in progress and a foreigner who is not giving enough to the team.“People want me to hide and I cannot, when you come into this country and you brush aside a local and even the labour law says you have to be better than them(locals), I bet in any profession.

If you want to play a striker for me, work harder.” The coach said he does not have an outright striker, which leaves a gap in the team. “A striker is somebody who pushes and is busy. If he doesn’t score himself, he has to use other players. It doesn’t matter if he is alone against four.”

Makwengwe said he needs two strikers to avoid changing the team too much. “In January, I am going into the market and I am going to buy. My next game is against Miscelleneous and they are coming down. I will have no mercy. Whoever comes I will have no mercy.”

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BITTER RIVALS: Notwane Head coach Pio Paul

Notwane Football Club (Sechaba) and Mochudi Centre Chiefs (Magosi), are to battle it out in a potentially massive encounter as both clubs are coming from draws in their previous matches against Prisons IX and Black Forest respectively.

The clash is scheduled to take place at 4pm this Saturday at Molepolole Sports Complex.Sechaba, as Notwane is affectionately known were relegated back in 2015 while Magosi has been going through a financial crisis that hit the club recently.

Having played 9 games a piece, Notwane FC, currently on the 9th position in the BTC Premiership league log standings have won two, drew four and lost three games whereas Centre Chiefs who are occupying the 12th spot have won one, drew five and lost three games.

In a brief interview with Sun Sport this week, Notwane FC Public Relations Officer (PRO) Mogomotsi ‘Ace’ Orapeleng said, “We are going all out to win this fixture, taking nothing away from Centre Chiefs, we are not going to read much into what they have been going through lately hence our approach to the match will be of ‘great’ respect.

This past weekend we dropped a massive two points which could have made a difference against Prisons IX thus making us more desperate to collect three (3) points in this coming clash with Centre Chiefs,” he said.

Questioned about the anxiety brought by this particular contest he said: “Notwane FC and Mochudi Centre Chiefs are big brands of Botswana football, we are aware of the fact that the personnel have changed; new players, management and even sponsors but the ultimate truth is that these two have great following and most people are anxious to see how the events will turn out on the weekend,” said Orapeleng.

For his part, Mochudi Centre Chiefs Vice-Chairman, Clifford Mogomotsi confirmed their aim is to try and improve their position in the league log standings, “In every match we play, our approach is to always expand our position on the log, regardless of which team we play against. Notwane FC is a fantastic team but we are going to fight until the end to win the match,” said Mogomotsi.

Mogomotsi further pointed out that playing against Notwane FC has always been exulting, “Notwane FC has always given us entertaining football as we almost play a similar style of play,” said the Vice-Chairman.

On the possibility of losing points through the impending verdict after failure to honour their game against Miscellaneous a fortnight ago: “Our date with Botswana Premier League (BPL) Disciplinary Committee (DC) has been set, and we are awaiting that,” he explained.

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