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Galaxy snatch Sesinyi



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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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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