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Mandla Mgadla settling at Gunners

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One of the biggest signings during the recent 2015/16 beMOBILE premier league transfer window was Mandla Mgadla who joined Lobatse’s Extension Gunners from Gaborone United.  

After making the move to Peleng, Mgadla has been enjoying game time, which sees him lasting the whole 90 minutes in the game. The weekend fixture in which Gunners lost 0-3 to Kgatleng rivals Mochudi Centre Chiefs in Gaborone over the weekend was no exception as the talented player lasted the rest of the game.

“As you can see I have consistently made the first 11 ever since joining Gunners. This is part of what the coach (Daniel Chico Nare) assured me,” Mgadla said after the weekend game.

The speedy winger consistently assisting in the Gunners   attack said he could have arrived at Peleng at the start of the season when Keitumetse ‘Pio’ Paul was still   headcoach but there were delays before he could leave the star-studded Money Machine.

Besides assuring him of game time Mgadla said there was no pressure. Nare did not demand a lot from him adding that working on match fitness was currently his priority. Following the one-sided defeat to Magosi, Mgadla said Mapantsula of Peleng needed to work on their attack for the remaining games of the season if they are to make it in the top 8.

Meanwhile the winger said he has already played against his beloved GU in the second round. He added that the   match was emotionally charged and confusing at times as there were plenty of familiar faces on the pitch.

“I had been with GU for a long time some time I got confused a lot during the match.” Moreover, Mgadla said he was not sure what Gunners’ mandate was for the remaining games as he had just joined the team.

Meanwhile, Gunners headcoach said acquiring Mgadla was necessary for the team, as they needed his experience. “We are playing with a lot of players we acquired from the first division. Mgadla is a good boy and his experience will be important to help younger players,” he said.

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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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