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Cycling pursues corporate sponsorship

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The newly-elected Botswana Cycling Association (BCA) president, Mmetla Masire, has called on the business community to invest in the association’s activities.

In  a recent interview,  Masire said the BCA is one of the most organised sport codes based on the number of recent competitions they have organised. He described cycling as a relatively clean code that the business community can associate with. “Cycling has not been in the news for wrong reasons.” Masire was re-elected to the BCA presidency, which will see him holding the fort for the next three years. This follows the BCA’s new constitution, which replaced the old one, which gave the executive committee only a year in office.

Masire took over from Kagiso Potongwane three years ago and his mandate will be to grow the BCA’s sponsorship. In the past, the BCA had struggled with sponsorship like many other local sport codes. However, things have recently taken a turn for the better due to a surge of interest in cycling activities. Cycling has recently become one of the busiest sporting codes in the country. However, it has affiliate clubs like Tsela Riders that have enjoyed most sponsorship as compared to the association.

Companies like Mascom Wireless, Germ Diamond and World Group of Companies have been sponsoring cycling clubs. Masire praised the clubs for acquiring sponsorship. He said the association could also benefit if sponsors came forward. “This would allow us to send more cyclists to international competitions as opposed to the past years.”

Besides sponsorship growth he said they would be focusing on the implementation of youth structures in an effort to unearth future stars. In their previous term, Masire together with his committee members that included Tlamelo Dube, Tefo Monareng, Karabo Rasenyai, Jeremiah Kokwane and Anouk Van De Geest took the cycling community to international levels and rekindled love in cycling sport. This was proved in recent years when Botswana produced five level 1 qualified UCI coaches and two UCI level 2 qualified coaches.

BCA started its first grand participation in international competitions in 2014 when they participated in Africa Youth Games, which were held in Gaborone. Last year they sent four of their promising talents – Sethomo Masebe, Bakang Ebudilwe, James Masimo and Abueng Malete to the World Cycling Centre to prepare for the All Africa Games which were held in Congo Brazzaville. This year in the history of cycling sport in Africa, Botswana is ranked 7th in UCI ranking after a splendid performance in the recent mountain biking continental Championships in Lesotho.

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Well-endowed Galaxy

Isaac Pheko

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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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