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beMOBILE premiership outfit Jwaneng Galaxy have signed prolific goal scorer and one of the most promising strikers in the domestic league, Thabang Sesinyi.

Sesinyi confirmed this week that he recently agreed to a two-year contract with Galaxy, in arguably one of the biggest moves in the current transfer window. The lanky goal poacher is expected to bolster the fortunes of the ambitious Jwaneng outfit that recently signed another big star Sekhana Koko.

In an interview this week, the former Orapa United striker said he hoped to get more   game time and opportunities at Galaxy. The move follows speculation linking the talented striker-cum-midfielder to newly promoted PSL outfit, Baroka FC. The Palapye born Sesinyi broke into the local football scene last season and quickly became one of the most dangerous strikers under Zimbabean headcoach Madinda Ndlovu.

Despite flying under the radar for the first half of the last season, the former Limkokwing student quickly put himself among the top goal scorers in the country and got the public’s attention in the process. Soon after becoming a star at the red-hot Ostriches, national headcoach, Peter Butler took notice and selected Sesinyi to the national team in a crucial 2017 AFCON fixture against Comoros Islands. In national team colours Sesinyi alongside another Zebras draft pick, Olekantse Mambo, the young players gave a good account of themselves to impress the British coach.

Nevertheless, Sesinyi’s biggest opportunity came soon after when he was selected to play for the Zebras at the historic 2016 COSAFA Castle cup where the national team made it to the finals against South Africa. The COSAFA cup final gave Sesinyi the much-needed exposure to catch the eyes of cash rich PSL teams.

Moreover, Sesinyi’s meteoric rise saw him being part of the Ostriches team that beat reigning 2015/16 beMOBILE premiership champions, Township Rollers to claim the 2015/16 Mascom Top 8 trophy. Meanwhile, joining Galaxy will also give Sesinyi a chance to reach his potential with no pressure as the team does not have a strong support base. 

In an interview this week, Sesinyi said he started training with Galaxy last week Friday. “I joined the club because I felt I could fit in. I am looking for room to develop as a player.”  Moreover, Sesinyi said he hoped to bring something new to the Debswana mining company backed outfit.“However, I will not put pressure to perform on myself but supporters can expect the best out of me.

Nevertheless, Sesinyi did not go into details about his departure from Orapa. Regarding his much-touted move to South Africa, Sesinyi said, “It is a long story.” Meanwhile, Orapa spokesperson Tebatso Hule has since confirmed that they have parted ways with the budding striker. In addition, Galaxy chairman Njabulo Gilika   could not confirm nor deny whether they have signed the star striker. At Galaxy Sesinyi joins other newly-acquired stars including Christopher Musonda, Peter Olnangi, Sekhana Koko, Daniel Kedidimetse, Kabelo Dithwane and Gaopatwe Seosenyeng

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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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