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A derby of top goal-scorers



Two of the most prolific and exciting goal-scorers in local football will finally meet when Gaborone United (GU) faces Township Rollers in a 2015/16 beMOBILE  premiership fixture at the National stadium this weekend.

Football supporters will be guaranteed a treat when Moatlhodi Ralesotla (25) of GU goes face to face with fellow Green boot candidate Segolame Boy (24) of Township Rollers. Currently it is Boy who has an advantage over his rival with 14 goals to his name while Ralesotla has 13 goals.

Going into the Gaborone derby this weekend both players will be strong candidates to help their teams in their quests to secure maximum points. Moreover both   players eerily share a similar background. 

Both currently don the No.11 jersey at their respective   teams. The similarities go further as both lads are    natives of Serowe in the central district. Moreover, both players have previously suffered different injuries that saw them out of action for the most part of the season.

However, being out of action only increased fire in the belly of both players and it will be the supporters who win in the end. For the right-footed attacking midfielder Boy it will be the sort of game he has been waiting for after   recovering from injury. He will be expected to attack with the same ferocity in which he helped to dismantle Selibe Phikwe minnows FC Satmos by scoring a shocking four goals against them over the weekend.

The ambitious Boy is the type of player who is made for the big stage. The former Miscelleneous player has both flair and accuracy for goals. In most cases he makes a consistent and reliable playmaker. In addition Boy is also a crowd puller and big draw card at stadia. Harbouring an ambition to play in big money foreign leagues, Boy will be aware that scouts could be watching the derby.

In his absence Rollers have stumbled and fallen in games they should not have lost against the likes of BR Highlanders and Police XI. Meanwhile, Ralesotla is Boy’s polar opposite, the soft-spoken Serowe native is more of a reserved and withdrawn striker. However, these aresome of the qualities that make him even more dangerous. Ralesotla does not possess Boy’s flair and showmanship but he has an eye for goals and he can change the complexion of a game with no effort.

After leaving Green Lovers, during the first round many a detractor wrote him off claiming he would not find the back of the net. However, Ralesotla proved his critics wrong after scoring against his former team last weekend. The player is unapologetic about   campaigning for the Green boot.

Ralesotla also made it clear that he wants to impress national selector as well as play in the next Mascom Top 8 tournament as well as CAF competitions.

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Local boxers ready for regional tourney



CONFIDENT: Newly unveiled LOC is confident that the regional tourney will be a success

Botswana Boxing Association (BoBA) this past Tuesday officially unveiled a Local Organising Committee (LOC) that has been tasked with preparing for the upcoming Zone 4 championships that are to be held in Botswana.

The team is headed by celebrated boxing legend France Mabiletsa and is expected to host more than seven countries that are expected to descend in Botswana in the next two weeks. Officiating at the event, Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) Vice Chairperson Tsoseletso Magang said that BoBA officials should refrain from interfering with the task given to the LOC. She noted that many sporting codes often give the LOC the responsibility of delivering an event only for the code members to bully themselves into the affairs of the LOC and disrupts the preparations.

Magang warned that there is little time left before the tournament, and with that, the LOC will need all the support to ensure they deliver a successful event. She noted that hosting the regional tournament gave Botswana an upper hand of fielding more athletes that will have an opportunity to qualify for the Africa Championships scheduled for later this year.

For his part, Mabiletsa noted that they have already hit the ground running and confident that the event will be a success. The competition will be hosted in Botho College and they are in talks with Ave Maria to accommodate athletes. “Life will be made much easier for athletes if they are accommodated at Ave Maria because it is closer to the competition venue,” he said.

He explained that the zone is made up of 12 countries of Lesotho, Angola, Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe among others. However as of this past Tuesday, only seven had confirmed participation and they expect to finalize the logistics by the end of the week.

Meanwhile, a formidable national boxing team of eight men captained by Mmusie Tswiiige (60kg) and three ladies led by Lethabo Modukanele (48kg) will represent the country at the regional tournament.

According to the Head coach Lechedzani ‘Master’ Luza, the team has been on camp for the past three weeks. In his opinion, the team is ready to compete. “Generally, they are not bad, we need to work on a few things such as power and speed on some boxers, the defence department is also not bad,” he said.

Luza noted that Botswana has always established herself as a powerhouse and there is no doubt that majority, if not all team Botswana members will win a medal during competition time. He explained that the competition was one of the many leading to Tokyo 2020 Olympics and will give local boxers an opportunity to qualify for the Olympics.

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Branch does it again



Local motorcycle racing sensation Ross Branch has continued his stellar form after securing overall second position in the internationally renowned Merzouga Rally. The race came to a conclusion this past weekend and Branch has proven his mettle amongst some of the best rally motorcyclists in the world.

The podium finish is expected to take the Dakar Rally racer to even greater heights in the hugely competitive and expensive sport. It has been barely two months since the talented local rider emerged as a top class racer at the Dakar Rally where he finished 13 and walked away with the fastest rookie of the 10 000 km odyssey.

At Merzouga, things seemed a little better for the rider as the terrain offer sand and rock as opposed to the treacherous dunes in Dakar. Branch who was using a different navigation system in Morocco showed his pace after winning the fourth stage of the race last week Thursday.

Prior to his podium finish Branch said Merzouga was only his second rally and he was willing to learn from some of the top riders in the sport. The KTM 450cc rider said he was now setting his sights on other major races including the 2020 Dakar Rally that has been confirmed for Saudi Arabia.

Since returning from the Dakar, Ross has stayed busy and competed at the cross-country championship in Kwazulu Natal in South Africa, where he finished fourth. The local rider is expected to compete at the upcoming 1000 km Toyota Desert Race, an event he has won more than seven times.

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