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The   incumbent Botswana Football Association (BFA) President Tebogo Sebego has unveiled the rest of his seven-man strong executive committee ahead of the crucial Annual General Assembly (AGA) this Saturday in Gaborone.

In what is supposed to be his final term, Sebego will face rivals Solomon Mantswe and Maclean Letshwiti in one of the most intriguing BFA presidential races in recent history. Addressing members of the press and other local football stakeholders at his launch in Old Naledi Township,in Gaborone, Sebego said there was still hope in local football and his executive committee has made strides in their last four years in office. 

“When we campaigned for the last elections our sales pitch was restructuring the BFA political landscape to divide our regions into four   blocks,” Sebego explained.  He said that each block was meant to have its own leadership and boasted that this end was initially achieved and soon   proved that the four blocks had advantages.

Sebego said this alteration of the BFA constitution saw the emergence of football teams in far-flung   parts of the country. “There was the likes of Sankoyo Bush Bucks from Maun and Black Rangers from Tsabong.” He said such teams got the chance to ascend to high-level league in the country. Sebego explained that they made further political changes when they formed a committee to run the affairs of women’s football, adding that women now have a crucial two votes at   the BFA AGA.

Throughout his four years in office, Sebego said they   vigorously drove football commercialisation, forming a company called Lekidi Investments, which was a conglomerate that included Lekidi ticketing and Lekidi travel. Sebego, who is facing his toughest rivals this Saturday, explained that the BFA had fundamental flaws, which no president could fix. “This year I am happy to announce that the BFA underwent restructuring which was approved by FIFA.” Sebego, a lawyer by profession, added that the association was in dire need of high calibre and competitive employees.

He said the troublesome Botswana Premier League (BPL) has grown by   over 200 percent despite its litany of problems. Sebego blamed the   nagging issues plaguing the BPL on political flaws. “The problem at the   BPL is not necessarily people but the structure.” However, Sebego said the league sponsor was staying onboard, adding that there was need to choose capable people within the organisation.

Sebego, who explained that he had already done most of his campaigning in regions across the country, said he has formed solid networks at FIFA, through which the country stands to benefit. Sebego’s cavalry ahead of the elections include, Basadi Akoonyatse (1st president), Tariq Babitseng (2nd President), Masego Nchingane (ordinary member), Olson Mantle (ordinary member), Abel Monnakgotla (ordinary member) and Suzie Montsho (ordinary member).

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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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