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Sua Flamingos flunk premiership opportunity

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Sua Flamingos Football club who finished third in the Debswana Northern First Division league behind Ecco City Greens have themselves to blame for failing to sail through to the beMobile Premiership for next season.

A former first team player (names withheld) could not hide his disappointment at the team’s current position. The player said that when the first round resumed under the tutelage of Zimbabwean gaffer Elias Chinyemba, the team made a vow to gain automatic promotion to the top league of the country.

“As players we had a bond which was fuelled by the need to win all our games, but just before the end of the first round, the team management informed us that they wanted to beef up the team with premier league material,” the player said. He revealed that when they went to collect their cheques for December 2015 during the holiday break, they were surprised to find letters releasing nine of them from the team only to learn later that the coach was also given the boot.

“The decision to dismantle a team with a winning combination together with its head coach at the end of the first round was unwise on the part of management,” the player explained. When reached for a comment, the Chairperson of the club Bashi Albion Joseph explained that when the team gained promotion from the Division One to the Debswana First Division North, they set themselves a goal of grabbing 24 points in each round.

“We never said that we wanted to enter the premiership league straight away as we were aware of the fact that we are newcomers in the league. People normally look at the log and get excited and think that the team will make it only for them to be disappointed. We understand that we have fans all over and they have to know that the players that we released were not performing and as a team building for the future, we needed to beef up our squad to compete with the best.

As for our aim of collecting 24 points in the first round we made it but failed in the second round as we collected 16 points and lost nine. One of our players we released due to school commitment is Lapologang Motlogi who is a frequent goal scorer at Motlakase Power Dynamos,” he said.

Joseph added that their former coach Chinyemba was not fired but that, “We experienced problems with his papers as his work permit was for a second division team called Mega.Com.

“We asked the team to lend us the coach since at that time we were in desperate need of one. The team owner agreed as he said that he was owing Chinyemba some money and the new arrangement would relieve him of pressure. When the owner realised that we were doing well he then started to blackmail us  saying we should give him cash until the coach was arrested by the police and some immigration officials who informed us that it was wrong for us to have used a coach we did not have any work permit for.

However, we were warned. So we never fired the coach as there are lots of allegations making rounds to blame us of failure to gain promotion to the top league of the country,” he clarified.

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Heelang, hands off journalists!

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In our last edition, we touched on athletes who need to be media savvy, however it appears the vaccine needs to be administered on sports leaders too.

There is a highly contagious disease spreading rapidly in the sports space with those in power having a wrong perception of owning the media or somehow entitled to publicity. Such people want to literally dictate what should be broadcast or published, fa ba bata go go nyantshetsa o utwa gotwe, write and send back so I crosscheck.

That equals disrespecting and undermining a journalist to the lowest level; it is more like wanting to teach a scribe how to do their work. If you are in a wrong profession at your respected workplace, please kindly send in your Curriculum Vitae (CV) to newsrooms, you might land that Editor- In Chief position. Then there are those who will make scribes feel like they signed a death warrant, why did you not cover my event? You are not reliable; you are only good at chasing certain individuals. Heelang! Stop crucifying journalists, they do not owe anyone anything and realistically speaking cannot cover everything to please all.

Oops and there are those who never want anything bad or controversial associated with their name. They start off as bosom buddies, discussing ‘non offensive’ issues and once in a while a compliment thrown their way. Once the dark days come knocking and gears are changed, suddenly the same journalist ke moloi wa meno a 4 mo ganong. Really now? So, all along the witch was not visible and now that the tables have turned and it hurts like never before, things have become clearer? Perhaps, you forget what the real job of a scribe is? You cannot befriend a journalist my friends, if you do, then something is seriously wrong! Expect the good together with the bitter taste of unwanted publicity.

There is also a time when the scribes are labelled bomma dijo le bo Rradijo. To an extent that you even emphasize that there will be food at your events, so the more the merrier! I agree, generally only a few can say NO to free food but it becomes a bit untidy when you put a food price tag to your events. Ga re gane, there are some colleagues with a huge appetite and they are not even shy about it but isn’t it that there are people like that all over.

Le re tshabisa go ja, please! Another trend, initially good but now disturbing is that of organisations spoiling some rotten journalists by travelling with them to certain places, all expenses fully paid for. This includes food, accommodation and transportation. Things then become cozy when a drink or two is thrown in, nice but at what expense? Is it out of good will or tantamount to bribery?

Some associations tend to confuse it all with rubbing off bad publicity. Kgantele e nna, ao laitaka, o lebala o robetse ko Cresta Hotel ke go reketse biri? A guilty conscience then kicks in and stories are shelved. It is only a few that manage to look beyond the fancy trips and royal treatment and uphold journalism principles. Better you spoil journalists but without undue expectations, accept both the bad and the good coming your way.

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Abidal punches ticket to TS Galaxy

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Township Rollers’s defensive Midfielder Gape ‘Abidal’ Mohutsiwa has confirmed that he will be plying his trade at South African based TS Galaxy next season.

This follows rife speculation that Mohutsiwa’s deal with Galaxy might have somehow fallen off. The strong suspicions came about last week when the national first division side communicated the team’s new signings. Local based players of Mosha Gaolaolwe, Thero Setsile and Ezekiel Morake were mentioned in the list and Mohutsiwa’s name was suspiciously omitted. As if that was not enough, the team went on to show off pictures of the trio signing contracts with the team management but still no mention of Mohutsiwa.

Speaking to Sun Sport this week, Mohutsiwa explained that he had seen the communication but made nothing from it. “I am still going because even my work permit is ready, all is well and there is no need to panic,” he said.

The 22-year-old pointed out that TS Galaxy had informed that they will communicate dates to join them in South Africa. He is expecting their call anytime after completing the season this coming weekend.

“I also saw those pictures with the management and its is not like they signed the contracts last week. I suspect that they were just appreciating the performance made by my fellow colleagues Morake and Setsile during the COSAFA championships staged in Durban South Africa,” said Mohutsiwa.

The young Abidal as he is well known is convinced that the TS Galaxy management was just ‘boasting’ about the kind of talent they are bringing to their team. “I did not perform to the best of my ability during COSAFA championships but I cannot say they were neglecting me, I am actually fine with it,” he said.

Mohutsiwa added that as young as he is, he believes that he has a lot to offer and the intention is not to return home in a year or so. He has been signed for three years and the expectation is that he completes his term and perhaps find other lucrative deals out there.

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