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Development key to DTCB club success



The secret behind the weekend’s sweepstake by the Diamond Trading Company Botswana (DTCB) boxing team at the weekend’s boxing tournament has been revealed. The decorated club continued its onslaught on the local amateur boxing landscape after winning the 2015 edition of the Botswana Boxing Association (BoBA) National Championships staged from Saturday to Sunday in Gaborone.

With a total of five gold medals up for grabs for the competing teams, the DTCB stable managed to walk away with all of them, something for which the club’s headcoach Thebe Setlalekgosi could not hide his excitement. He raved about how the club’s consistency over the past three years had been backed up by their deliberate decision to focus on the grassroots. “We started a development program where we adopted schools and trained Form One students back in 2009. By 2012 the boxers started to mature,” Setlalekgosi told Sun Sports.

Since 2012, the club has been winning the national championships or finishing as runners up to the likes of Tsholofelo Boxing Club. “In most cases we were tied on   points and Tsholofelo would beat us with medal count. In the past three years we won the championship twice in 2012 and 2015,” he said.
Setlalekgosi referred to the development program as one of the best in the country given that DTCB club boxers make up about 50 percent of the current national team.  

The boxers that won gold medals for DTCB at the finals in Gaborone on Sunday include Kabelo Bagwasi (60kg), Marshall Mokgwaela (49kg), Kagiso Bagwasi (64kg), Kutlwano Ogaketse (56kg) and Thabang Motsewabeng (81kg). In addition, Setlalekgosi said his team consisted of predominantly young athletes between the ages of 18 to 23 years. Added Setlalekgosi, “Some of the schools we have adopted include Gaborone Secondary School where we train. We are also affiliated to junior secondary schools like Tlogatloga and Maikano.”

Setlalekgosi revealed that other boxing clubs like BMC, Tsholofelo and Mafika have similar development programs, an undertaking he glorified although he also lamented the lack of such development programs at well-resourced military based clubs.

Although the resources they have could assist in proper development of athletes, military clubs only wait for practising boxers to join the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) before they can absorb them into their programs. However, Setlalekgosi expressed delight that the Sunday tournament was well organised.

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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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