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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 Meanwhile, Ralesotla is Boy’s polar opposite, the soft-spoken Serowe native is more of a reserved and withdrawn striker.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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Well-endowed Galaxy

Isaac Pheko

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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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