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Mamelodi Triumphs!

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The Botswana Football Association (BFA) President Tebogo Sebego this week made it clear that he wants suspended Botswana Premier League (BPL) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Bennett Mamelodi back in office at Lekidi.

This followed a recent BFA National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, which happened to be the last sitting before the eagerly anticipated BFA Annual General Assembly (AGA) where a new NEC will be elected at the end of this month. According to sources close to the matter, the NEC was expected to agree in principle to give the non-autonomous BPL board, permission to battle Mamelodi in court.

However, none of the NEC members were brave enough to pull the proverbial trigger. Consequently, a dramatic and surprising twist in the Mamelodi suspension saga saw the BPL board being denied an opportunity to go against a hard-pressed CEO in court. Lately, Mamelodi has been lingering in limbo following allegations of mismanagement and embezzlement of BPL office funds. However, the BPL CEO was quick to retaliate and drag his employers before the Gaborone Industrial court in a bid to contest his suspension. The matter was heard last month.

During arbitration, the court found that there was no evidence that the BFA NEC had sanctioned Mamelodi’s suspension, which consequently meant that the BPL had submitted inadequate documents before the court. Therefore, the BPL was given an opportunity to submit relevant documents by Tuesday this week, of which they allegedly failed to do.However, recent reports from sources at Lekidi have suggested that some NEC members initially wanted the suspended CEO pushed out.

“They deliberately opposed all the good that was done by Mamelodi. A number of these malevolent NEC members wanted mayhem to prevail at the BPL and to tarnish Sebego so that he is seen as a failure,” source close to the issue said this week. The meeting in which the NEC failed to agree on the issue meant Mamelodi’s immediate return to office, as they had no case against him before the court.

As things stand, a default judgment is now expected where Mamelodi will stage validating cameo in court before a triumphant return to his Lekidi post. “I am very happy with the decision taken by NEC,” Sebego said this week. “ I have long advised against this cause of action along with the association’s legal advisor. “What the BPL did was not right. I am now happy with the latest developments.” The BFA   president said Mamelodi’s dramatic comeback will bring back stability to the BPL secretariat.

Thus far, the beMOBILE premiership sponsorship was currently on the edge. The league sponsors who have already pumped millions into the organisation were not shy about airing their discontent over the recent and unfortunate events at Lekidi. So bad was the situation that even the swanky annual beMOBILE premiership awards were cancelled.

Besides the multimillion-beMobile sponsorship another mobile phone network provider Mascom had decided to remain silent over the dramatic turn of events unraveling at Lekidi. At the annual Mascom Top 8 awards recently, the company hinted that they will exercise their right to extend their contract for another year. 

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Well-endowed Galaxy

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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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