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A derby of top goal-scorers

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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 Meanwhile, Ralesotla is Boy’s polar opposite, the soft-spoken Serowe native is more of a reserved and withdrawn striker.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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Zapata takes charge

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TAKING CHARGE: Zapata assumes his position

Township Rollers Head Coach Rodolfo Zapata was this past Tuesday in charge of the team’s training session, a first since he was appointed Rollers coach in November 2018.

Sun Sports has been reliably informed by sources that were present at the morning session that the Argentine coach was at the grounds and it was all clear that he is now the man in control of the team.

Zapata was made to jump through hoops before he could finally take over the reins at Rollers. First he had to battle with his former club, Gaborone United to cancel his active working permit with the team. The matter dragged for more than a month.

When GU finally gave in, Zapata’s qualifications as a coach were questioned. This came as shocking given that Zapata is GU’s former coach. Nevertheless, a source within Botswana Football Association (BFA) circles has told this paper that Zapata was cleared by CAF last week. As things stand Zapata will be expected on the bench this coming Friday when they play Notwane. If not, then his first job will be the Mascom Top 8 Semi-final against GU next week.

The Rollers management could not be reached yesterday as their phones rang unanswered and repeated efforts revealed that the team spokesperson, Bafana Pheto is currently across borders.
Meanwhile, Zapata’s arrival comes at a crucial time following Rollers ‘s embarrassing defeat to the hands of rivals Jwaneng Galaxy this past weekend. Galaxy cut short the endless winning streak of the defending championships to serve them their second loss since the beginning of the league with a score line of 3-1.

Of late , unconfirmed reports suggest that players had grown impatient with the caretaker coach, Thabo Motang. They differed and questioned his decisions on the pitch. Motang is now reported to have gone back to the department he knows best, goalkeeper coach.

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Moluba wants a replica of previous success

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PLAY MAKER: Moalosi is a prolific goal scorer

Township Rollers influential midfielder, Edwin Moalosi confirmed his ambitions to help his team to repeat their run in the previous season to win both Botswana Telecommunication (BTC) Premiership league and the Mascom Top 8. Moluba as he is affectionately known said this after their 3-1 loss to Jwaneng Galaxy at the National Stadium this past Saturday.

Rollers 2018/19 BTC league campaign have been impressive thus far as they are still at the summit of the log despite their loss over the weekend. The Galaxy loss was their second, having lost to the other mining team, Orapa United. However, they have already reached the semi-finals of the Mascom Top 8.

Moalosi told Sun Sport that this season is not going to be a walk in the path, “It is not easy being the defending Champions as you become the team to beat, every team will try hard not to give you space to play or attack hence all the games we play become a mammoth task,” said Moalosi.

Moalosi further stated that being eliminated from the Confederations of African Football (CAF) Champions league early was a blessing in disguise, “We are now out of the CAF Champions league and we can now focus on doing well in the domestic league and cup tournament (Mascom Top 8).

In addition, we need to double our efforts as players so that we reach our ultimate goals,” he said.
Quizzed about his individual goals as a player despite picking so many injuries this season, he said, “Injuries are part of the game, it only depends on every player as to how you respond to it, I am always positive regardless of the circumstances I come across. I want to increase my goal tally and hopefully improve my assists as well,” explained.

However, Jwaneng Galaxy Captain, Olebogeng Malebye who scored a marvellous curler on the day said they are going to give Rollers a run for their money this season, “We are going to fight to death to try and leapfrog Rollers and eventually win the league as it has been our aim for a long time. And finally, we managed to beat them after a very long time trying with no success,” said Malebye.

Jwaneng Galaxy’s season is slowly improving as they are now second on the log, and Orapa United seems to be struggling a bit but the league is still open. Another round of BTC Premiership league matches is expected to continue this coming weekend with a couple of interesting fixtures to look out to including Township Rollers and Notwane FC on Friday at Molepolole and Security Systems and Mochudi Centre Chiefs on Saturday at the same venue, just to mention a few.

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