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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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Local boxers ready for regional tourney



CONFIDENT: Newly unveiled LOC is confident that the regional tourney will be a success

Botswana Boxing Association (BoBA) this past Tuesday officially unveiled a Local Organising Committee (LOC) that has been tasked with preparing for the upcoming Zone 4 championships that are to be held in Botswana.

The team is headed by celebrated boxing legend France Mabiletsa and is expected to host more than seven countries that are expected to descend in Botswana in the next two weeks. Officiating at the event, Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) Vice Chairperson Tsoseletso Magang said that BoBA officials should refrain from interfering with the task given to the LOC. She noted that many sporting codes often give the LOC the responsibility of delivering an event only for the code members to bully themselves into the affairs of the LOC and disrupts the preparations.

Magang warned that there is little time left before the tournament, and with that, the LOC will need all the support to ensure they deliver a successful event. She noted that hosting the regional tournament gave Botswana an upper hand of fielding more athletes that will have an opportunity to qualify for the Africa Championships scheduled for later this year.

For his part, Mabiletsa noted that they have already hit the ground running and confident that the event will be a success. The competition will be hosted in Botho College and they are in talks with Ave Maria to accommodate athletes. “Life will be made much easier for athletes if they are accommodated at Ave Maria because it is closer to the competition venue,” he said.

He explained that the zone is made up of 12 countries of Lesotho, Angola, Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe among others. However as of this past Tuesday, only seven had confirmed participation and they expect to finalize the logistics by the end of the week.

Meanwhile, a formidable national boxing team of eight men captained by Mmusie Tswiiige (60kg) and three ladies led by Lethabo Modukanele (48kg) will represent the country at the regional tournament.

According to the Head coach Lechedzani ‘Master’ Luza, the team has been on camp for the past three weeks. In his opinion, the team is ready to compete. “Generally, they are not bad, we need to work on a few things such as power and speed on some boxers, the defence department is also not bad,” he said.

Luza noted that Botswana has always established herself as a powerhouse and there is no doubt that majority, if not all team Botswana members will win a medal during competition time. He explained that the competition was one of the many leading to Tokyo 2020 Olympics and will give local boxers an opportunity to qualify for the Olympics.

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Branch does it again



Local motorcycle racing sensation Ross Branch has continued his stellar form after securing overall second position in the internationally renowned Merzouga Rally. The race came to a conclusion this past weekend and Branch has proven his mettle amongst some of the best rally motorcyclists in the world.

The podium finish is expected to take the Dakar Rally racer to even greater heights in the hugely competitive and expensive sport. It has been barely two months since the talented local rider emerged as a top class racer at the Dakar Rally where he finished 13 and walked away with the fastest rookie of the 10 000 km odyssey.

At Merzouga, things seemed a little better for the rider as the terrain offer sand and rock as opposed to the treacherous dunes in Dakar. Branch who was using a different navigation system in Morocco showed his pace after winning the fourth stage of the race last week Thursday.

Prior to his podium finish Branch said Merzouga was only his second rally and he was willing to learn from some of the top riders in the sport. The KTM 450cc rider said he was now setting his sights on other major races including the 2020 Dakar Rally that has been confirmed for Saudi Arabia.

Since returning from the Dakar, Ross has stayed busy and competed at the cross-country championship in Kwazulu Natal in South Africa, where he finished fourth. The local rider is expected to compete at the upcoming 1000 km Toyota Desert Race, an event he has won more than seven times.

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