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Sibanda shines at BNSC Awards



The young, sensational sprinter, Karabo Sibanda emerged P70 000 richer after scooping the prestigious Sportsperson of the Year and the Junior Male awards at the Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) ceremony held on Saturday night at Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC).

“I did not expect this award and I am overwhelmed to have managed to win an award of this magnitude against the best athletes of the country and the world at large,” said the jubilant Sibanda.

Sibanda managed to beat Khaya Groth of Karate and James Freeman of swimming to the junior male award. The Commonwealth junior championship gold medalist said he was not intimidated by any opponent that he is pitted against, “I understand that the Olympics might seem like a more advanced stage for me but I don’t doubt myself. My mindset always tells me I am the best and I give my best ability in every performance and so far that has worked wonders for me. I do not burden myself about Carron James, LeSean Merit or Isaac Makwala, I just focus on myself,”

The African junior championships gold medalist proclaims that he managed to qualify for the Olympics with a first degree torn hamstring injury, which he is still nursing it to date. The talented Sibanda went on to promise that the awards will only boost his confidence and will not divert him to something adverse, “I will remain the same Karabo Sibanda I was before winning both this awards,”

Sibanda’s coach, Mogomotsi Otsetswe, who on the day also celebrated the Coach of the year award, said he would maintain the youngster’s discipline and self-restraint. “I have been with him for a longer time and I have a good relationship with his parents, so he listens to me. I told him fame will come with drama alongside, I again told him winning should not dwell in his mind so much that he looks down upon other people because that will derail him,”
He further gave assurance that Sibanda’s injury was not bad.

Other winners were Naomi Ruele who won the junior female sports person of the year, Lame Hetanang scooped the Sports Woman of the year award and Chairman’s award respectively. The sportsman of the year went to Zidane Chikanda of Boxing, Coach of the year went to Mogomotsi Otsetswe while Roslyn Tebele walked away with the Sports administrator and Mpho Bakwadi was the referee of the year.

Giving his remarks at the ceremony the Minister of Youth Sports and Culture, Honorable Thapelo Olopeng said winning medals at major events is always a product of hard work dedication and commitment by the athletes, technical teams, sport governing bodies, sponsors and Government. “There are other relevant stakeholders including most importantly the fans who throng the stadia to support wholeheartedly the engagement of their teams and athletes in competitive and friendly events,” he says.

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Zapata takes charge



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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