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There was a jubilant move this week in Lobatse and other areas of the country as Extension Gunners’ supporters celebrated the news of Chairman Kitso Dlamini’s resignation. Dlamini reportedly resigned over the weekend after a band of supporters threatened violence against him while others allegedly insulted his wife. For fear of his life and that of his family, he is said to have taken the decision to step down.

For over a month now, supporters of the well-followed club demanded the resignation of the entire Gunners’ management committee with the team having become the laughing stock of their rivals because of a string of poor results. Supporters blamed their woes on the management rather than the technical teams and players, saying poor running of the club was the source of their problems.

Incidentally, the club started the season on a high note, recording 12 points from their first four games under the tutelage of Keitumetse Paul and thereby leading the league log standings for the first time after many years. Paul has since moved to Mochudi Centre Chiefs as Assistant Coach after a fall out with the Gunners’ management.  Information reaching this publication already indicates that the club’s former Public Relations Officer Cassim Dada is being favored to take over the leadership of the club.

 The last straw for the Gunners’ faithful was their Friday 1-3 loss to Orapa United in a Mascom Top 8 quarter final match that saw the club tumble out of the cup on 4-2 aggregate after the first leg 1-1 draw in Orapa three weeks ago. The committee has also been blamed for failure to bring on board business partners to relieve or cushion supporters from contributing for every club activity, including daily expenses of the club.

In voting for the Dlamini-led committee, Gunners’ supporters entrusted their leadership with the responsibilities among others, identifying a business model which can move the club forward and also secure an investor to take care of the welfare of the players.  
Now it is their take that the management has failed, and now want people with fresh ideas who should be able to support their technical teams rather than fire them.

One of the club’s long serving players Monageng Thaele admitted in a recent interview that the current standoff between management and supporters was affecting their welfares as players. The player added that the team paid their salaries even though the payments are not consistent.  
The club’s Public Relations Officer Keorapetse Kgasa confirmed that the chairman has tendered his resignation. The deputy Chairman Oduetse Langwane has been elevated to the chairmanship.

According to Kgasa, the committee is empowered by the club’s constitution to co-opt members to fill the vacant post. Gunners will have an elective annual general assembly next year around June or July. Kgasa said negotiations with investors are at an advanced stage although he did not divulge much information. He pleaded: “I would like to ask our supporters to be patient, this team is self-sponsored. We do not have regular sources of income; we have not played at home for some time, which affects our income in a way.”

As of Tuesday evening, the Botswana Premier League had not received official information on Dlamini’s resignation. “We are aware of the news of his resignation, but my office is yet to receive official communication,” BPL CEO Bennett Mamelodi told Sun Sport. As club chairman, Dlamini also served in the premier league board.

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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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