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Black Forest in test against Galaxy



The newly promoted Black Forest open their 2016/17 beMOBILE premiership debut as   visitors against a more fancied Jwaneng Galaxy.

As a recently promoted outfit, Forest have a huge task on their backs as most of the more established, more experienced and well-resourced teams will be aiming to run through them and gain maximum points. Galaxy will go on a full scale attack in the search for maximum points against the rookies.  Galaxy, who are mentored by coach Mike Sithole, have assembled a strong squad that includes the likes of Sekhana ‘Nandos’ Koko and sensational striker Thabang Sesinyi.

However, the Chairperson of rookie outfit Stan Kekobilwe does not share such sentiments. In an interview Kekobilwe said his team is ready to take on emerging powerhouses like Galaxy FC on their first match this Saturday. Kekobilwe said they have long begun preparing to contest as a new team in the Botswana Premier League (BPL) family. According to Kekobilwe his team means business and intends to build a rigid home in the Premier league and avoid relegation at all costs.

“This will be our first time participating in the league, however I believe we are in it to stay, if we can manage to compete in the first round, nothing will stop us to race for the top eight also,” said a confident Kekobilwe. He explained that they are not at all threatened by the stiff battle ahead of them, adding that they are fully aware of what to expect and will pull together all necessary measures to survive.

According to him, Black Forest faced off with Galaxy FC before in the lower First Division and they have always managed to contain the Jwaneng outfit. “I cannot recall the last time we suffered a great humiliation from Galaxy, we mostly draw and we intend to keep it that way.” He said in their latest pre-season friendly game in Jwaneng they suffered a 3-1 loss to Galaxy.

However, that was a learning curve and hopefully they will come out more strongly against their opponents this time around. Forest have recently reinforced their squad with players such as Itumeleng Selapa who initially played for Notwane Football Club and Leonard Chikowa from Zimbabwe. According to Kekobilwe the duo will hopefully make an impact considering their vast elite league experience.

On the other hand, Galaxy FC Chairman Njabulo Gilika said they are ready for the weekend fixture and intend to win. He said Black Forest cannot be defined as a small team but the fact that they are battling for the 2016/2017 BPL championship means they should not be underestimated. Gilika also added that Black Forest are an ambitious and consistent team that has challenged and chased for a spot in the elite league for only three seasons and finally came through.

However he noted that that they will not loosen the belts because their aim is to win all their games. “Come this weekend we will not want to disappoint, we have our objectives to meet and I believe they have theirs too,” he said.

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Heelang, hands off journalists!



In our last edition, we touched on athletes who need to be media savvy, however it appears the vaccine needs to be administered on sports leaders too.

There is a highly contagious disease spreading rapidly in the sports space with those in power having a wrong perception of owning the media or somehow entitled to publicity. Such people want to literally dictate what should be broadcast or published, fa ba bata go go nyantshetsa o utwa gotwe, write and send back so I crosscheck.

That equals disrespecting and undermining a journalist to the lowest level; it is more like wanting to teach a scribe how to do their work. If you are in a wrong profession at your respected workplace, please kindly send in your Curriculum Vitae (CV) to newsrooms, you might land that Editor- In Chief position. Then there are those who will make scribes feel like they signed a death warrant, why did you not cover my event? You are not reliable; you are only good at chasing certain individuals. Heelang! Stop crucifying journalists, they do not owe anyone anything and realistically speaking cannot cover everything to please all.

Oops and there are those who never want anything bad or controversial associated with their name. They start off as bosom buddies, discussing ‘non offensive’ issues and once in a while a compliment thrown their way. Once the dark days come knocking and gears are changed, suddenly the same journalist ke moloi wa meno a 4 mo ganong. Really now? So, all along the witch was not visible and now that the tables have turned and it hurts like never before, things have become clearer? Perhaps, you forget what the real job of a scribe is? You cannot befriend a journalist my friends, if you do, then something is seriously wrong! Expect the good together with the bitter taste of unwanted publicity.

There is also a time when the scribes are labelled bomma dijo le bo Rradijo. To an extent that you even emphasize that there will be food at your events, so the more the merrier! I agree, generally only a few can say NO to free food but it becomes a bit untidy when you put a food price tag to your events. Ga re gane, there are some colleagues with a huge appetite and they are not even shy about it but isn’t it that there are people like that all over.

Le re tshabisa go ja, please! Another trend, initially good but now disturbing is that of organisations spoiling some rotten journalists by travelling with them to certain places, all expenses fully paid for. This includes food, accommodation and transportation. Things then become cozy when a drink or two is thrown in, nice but at what expense? Is it out of good will or tantamount to bribery?

Some associations tend to confuse it all with rubbing off bad publicity. Kgantele e nna, ao laitaka, o lebala o robetse ko Cresta Hotel ke go reketse biri? A guilty conscience then kicks in and stories are shelved. It is only a few that manage to look beyond the fancy trips and royal treatment and uphold journalism principles. Better you spoil journalists but without undue expectations, accept both the bad and the good coming your way.

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Abidal punches ticket to TS Galaxy




Township Rollers’s defensive Midfielder Gape ‘Abidal’ Mohutsiwa has confirmed that he will be plying his trade at South African based TS Galaxy next season.

This follows rife speculation that Mohutsiwa’s deal with Galaxy might have somehow fallen off. The strong suspicions came about last week when the national first division side communicated the team’s new signings. Local based players of Mosha Gaolaolwe, Thero Setsile and Ezekiel Morake were mentioned in the list and Mohutsiwa’s name was suspiciously omitted. As if that was not enough, the team went on to show off pictures of the trio signing contracts with the team management but still no mention of Mohutsiwa.

Speaking to Sun Sport this week, Mohutsiwa explained that he had seen the communication but made nothing from it. “I am still going because even my work permit is ready, all is well and there is no need to panic,” he said.

The 22-year-old pointed out that TS Galaxy had informed that they will communicate dates to join them in South Africa. He is expecting their call anytime after completing the season this coming weekend.

“I also saw those pictures with the management and its is not like they signed the contracts last week. I suspect that they were just appreciating the performance made by my fellow colleagues Morake and Setsile during the COSAFA championships staged in Durban South Africa,” said Mohutsiwa.

The young Abidal as he is well known is convinced that the TS Galaxy management was just ‘boasting’ about the kind of talent they are bringing to their team. “I did not perform to the best of my ability during COSAFA championships but I cannot say they were neglecting me, I am actually fine with it,” he said.

Mohutsiwa added that as young as he is, he believes that he has a lot to offer and the intention is not to return home in a year or so. He has been signed for three years and the expectation is that he completes his term and perhaps find other lucrative deals out there.

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