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NDB hosts Inter-Bank Games



National Development Bank (NDB) will host this year’s Inter-Bank Games from August 18th.The annual collective sports event, amongst the local financial institutions started 11 years ago, as an attempt to raise funds and give back to the community.

This year’s competition includes eight sporting codes, under both indoor and outdoor games, according to chairman of Inter Club, Brian Ketshabile. He explained that the choice of the sporting codes depended on the followership of the general society. They include Golf, Soccer, Volleyball, Netball, Darts, Table Tennis, Pool and Aerobathon. Ketshabile also stated that they have therefore included everyone by the selection of their sporting codes in order to promote health and fitness. “This year we have added Golf, the sport that is regarded to be belonging to the high earned because we wanted to attract everyone,” he said.

The inter-games are meant to provide a networking platform and interaction within financial sectors.  Outdoor games are expected to start on August 18th at Phakalane Golf Estate, where Golf will be played at 12:00hrs, followed by football on the 20th at Lekidi Grounds, as well as Volleyball at Tsholofelo Park Courts at 09:00 hrs and Netball at the courts still to be confirmed. On the other hand, Indoor games will be taking place on August 19th, with Table Tennis and Pool played at Botho University Hall and Darts at BoB Grounds. All games will start at 19:00 hrs.

Ketshabile expressed gratitude to Botswana Netball Association (BONA) for helping them to host a successful competition. The drugs and health division of the ministry of health will use the games to promote health and wellness. Employees will get a chance to be tested for lifestyle diseases such as Hypertension and Sugar Diabetes while the Drugs and Alcohol Division will sensitise people on the use of alcohol and substance abuse.

Financial literacy will also be available during the games. “Financial Literacy is essential for every individual or family and during the interbank activities, we take time to set up for financial institution to educate the public about banking products, financial management and access to loan facilities,” he explained. When Interbank started 11 years ago, only half of the number of financial institutions participated, but now almost all banks take part.

This year, depending on funds raised, the committee intends to organise a day or two-day entrepreneurial seminar where youth in businesses can get advice and be mentored. One of the followers of Interbank games, Goitseone Setlhodi, says that she cannot wait to see who is going to secure the chairmanship this year. “I trust my bank, FNB and hope that they will play very well to make us the bankers proud,” she said.

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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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