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Mzambiya thanks Matebele for lifeline

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Former Orlando Pirates and national team creative winger Phenyo Mzambiya Mongala has thanked his coach Beston ‘Quicksilver’ Chambeshi together with BDF XI management for supporting him.

The army outfit, popularly known as Matebele, gave Mongala a lifeline to continue his football career following a short and unsuccessful spell at Don Bosco in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Beginning of this season Matebele gave Mzambiya a 12-month contract to return from the wilderness and play again. Mzambiya, the once celebrated iconic star, formed the nucleus of the deadly Zebras that qualified for the first ever AFCON finals, which were held in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

Mongala was instrumental in the qualifiers as he scored decisive goals which catapulted the national side to win the AFCON group. Mzambiya rose to international stardom when playing for University of Pretoria” Amatuks’ when they were campaigning in the then Mvela league, the South African first division under the tutelage of Steve Barker now with Amazulu.

Memorably, things started to go well for Mzambiya; it was during the Nedbank finals against Kaizer Chiefs, a few years ago when Mzambiya won the hearts of the football masses as he made a mockery of Kaizer Chiefs captain Jimmy Tau with his dazzling skills and the latter left him unmarked in the pretext that he had a tussle and Mzambiya went on to score.

The Amatuks went on to win the finals after which different clubs began jostling for Mongala’s signature. However, the wheels started to go off for the winger when he signed for Orlando Pirates. He struggled for game time. The little action he was given was never enough as he was left wanting in match fitness.

Later on, Mzambiya was released and he joined local glamour side Mochudi Centre Chiefs where he assisted them in winning the league that year. They went on to represent the country in inter-continental tournament CAF Champions league where they ended in second round of the preliminary qualifiers.

Unfortunately their journey ended against TP Mazembe. Nevertheless Mzambiya together with the duo of Dirang Moloi and Jarome Ramatlhakwane caught the attention of Mazembe sister club Don Bosco.

After being on the sidelines for a while, finally BDF XI extended him an olive branch. In the past the army side has been known for reviving players careers, amongst others were Boitumelo Mafoko, Master Masitara and Ofentse Mmipi.

After the one-all draw against Orapa United at Itekeng Stadium, this past weekend Mongala told Sun Sports that his wish as his contract nears end, is for his bosses to extend it. He also thanked  them for resurrecting his career.

Mzambiya’s experience proved handy on the day as he jelled well with new recruit Patrick Kaunda, Sadiki Takunda and seasonal campaigner Kumbolani Madziba.

Mzambiya told Sun Sports that their objective is to be in the finals of the Mascom Top 8 and was satisfied with their performance as they have scored a crucial away goal which will favour them in the second   round.

Tomorrow [Thursday] Mzambiya’s experience will be tested as the army side faces relegation candidate Gilport Lions in a crucial beMOBILE premiership encounter.   

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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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