There will be a lot of scores to settle during the first leg of the Mascom Top 8 semi-finals this weekend in Francistown.
Besides the P1, 200,000 first prize carrot being dangled by the tournament sponsor, there will be pride, bragging rights and self-validation at stake. By far, the most interesting fixture will be between big spending mortal rivals Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Township Rollers at the Francistown sports complex.
Nevertheless, it will be marauding Centre Chiefs that will be coming into the semi-finals with a monkey riding on their backs. The Mascom Top silverware has embarrassingly eluded the glamorous Magosi since its inception in the 2011/12 season. In some cases Magosi have been humiliated in the Top 8 failing to make it through to the semi-finals.
However, Magosi now have a clean slate this season and Popa will be a big target in front of the Kgatleng giants. However, the game is evenly matched as both teams are currently on sizzling form in the beMOBILE premier league and picking a winner now will surely be a tricky affair.
This Friday, Magosi will be buoyed by their free scoring juggernaut Lemponye ‘FC’ Tshireletso who has brought nothing else but sheer terror against the opposition this season. Currently, the evergreen striker is topping the top goal scorer standings. He will surely be a marked man by Rollers. Beside Tshireletso, Rollers will have to contend with Ayanda Molefe and Tendai Nyumasi in defence.
Magosi headcoach Mike ‘Dubula’ Sithole is expected to run with the ball and attack early on. On the flip side, Rollers will be bringing arguably the best pound for pound squad in the league.
English coach Mark Harrison commands a battalion of experience and talent from robust winger Joel Mogorosi to nimble goal scoring machine Sekhana ‘Nandos’ Koko. Harrison is expected to be strong in almost all departments having recently acquired the services of Ofentse ‘Size 10’ Nato and Terence ‘Terror’ Mandaza.
Given the chances on Friday, Rollers will score crucial goals. Mapalastina who have only one Top 8 title to their name have made it to the final two more times losing to both Gaborone United and army side BDF XI.
“This is going to be a big game with two big teams that are on form,” said Harrison this week. Harrison who beat Gilport Lions 3-0 in a league fixture, this week said there will be a lot of expectation for the game this weekend. “We play football to get involved in such matches. Both teams want to play in the Top 8 final.”
Rollers captain Maano Ditshupo said Popa is ready for Magosi on Friday. “Preparations have already began and we want the cup. We are confident that our plan for the game will give us results.” In their last encounter, Rollers edged Magosi 3-0. Meanwhile, another mouth-watering encounter will see Orapa United taking on 2013/14 Top 8 champions BDF XI at the Itekeng stadium in Orapa on Saturday.
Headcoach Madinda Ndlovu’s Ostriches have been known to be tough customers especially at their home ground at Itekeng. Ndlovu has plenty of experience in winning cups and championships.
With a squad consisting of players like Thabang Sesinyi, Patrick Motsepe, Patrick Lenyeletse and Ronald Chikomo any team should be wary of Orapa. Meanwhile BDF XI boasts an arsenal of their own including Mwampule Masule, Mosha Gaolaolwe, Phenyo Mongala, Ofentse Mmipi and Patrick Kaunda.
Selibe Phikwe bowls club faces closure
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.
BFA FIRES BRIGHT
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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