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KBL injects P1million on COPA tourney

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Kgalagadi Breweries Limited (KBL) this week announced sponsorship to the tune of P1, 150 000 towards the popular Copa Coca Cola tournament which targets the under 15 and under 17 boys and girls from 207 local schools. The tournament is on its third year running in Botswana.

The competition, which is a partnership between KBL and Botswana Integrated School Association (BISA), is a national event that reaches young talent in the   far-flung areas of the country. Speaking at the tournament launch in Gaborone this week, the Coke brand marketing activations manager Tamar Mbalo said this year marked the 3rd year of the competition, which started in Zimbabwe back in 1989. Mbalo said the tournament has since become an asset in promoting grass root soccer in the country. She added that the Copa tournament, which is played in 61 countries across the world, was now in Botswana.

“We are proud to partner with BISA. We   hope and believe COPA will nurture talent in Botswana,” she said. Speaking during the same event Coke Operations and Marketing manager Moitshepi Sefako said they will participate in an international camp held   in France this year. This is a global initiative, we sat down deliberated and decided to send two boys to represent us at the international camp later this month. Sefako said the two players are Kabo Seshabo and Ryan Brown who recently did well and were voted among   the best players at a recent development tournament in South Africa.

For his part, the BISA president Joshua Gaothobogwe applauded KBL   for listening to their plea to include under 17 boys and girls in the competition. Gaothobogwe said there were challenges in the first year of the tournament but things gradually improved the following year. “More than 20 000 boys and girls take part, KBL   has a vision. The last two years saw the boys team going to play in South Africa where they shared life skills,” he said, adding that a number of players from   the tournament have already   entered the junior teams within the Botswana Football Association (BFA).

The BFA technical director Benny Kgomela said their development targeted   children between 5 and 19 years of age. “At primary school they play for fun, they are not restricted compared to Secondary where they play for competition.” Moreover, Kgomela said they could not reach the far ends of the country without the partnership between KBL and BISA. “Talent searching is not easy and we rely on teachers in various schools.”

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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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