There is no doubt BTC premiership rookies Black Forest made an impact in the first round of the current season.
After pulling a string of upsets and leaving established premier league teams in shock and awe, Forest players have since attracted a lot of attention from prying eyes of their richer rivals. Word around the BTC premiership campfire is that a number of Forest players have received enticing offers from rival teams just before the January transfer window.
This week, Magoleng mouthpiece Koketso Molotsi said they have no plans to beef up their squad in the coming January transfer window. According to Molotsi, the red hot Magoleng also have a contingency plan in place should they lose players. “We have accumulated good players to help us throughout the season, our plan is not to beef up our squad during the transfer window unless we lose some players,” Molotsi said in an interview this week.
Molotsi confirmed that there are certain rival clubs targeting their players. “We are aware of clubs targeting our players but I believe our players will not go anywhere, they are happy here and they are assured of a place in the team.” Moreover, Molotsi said coming into the league their hope and intentions were to survive relegation but the Magoleng have exceeded expectations in their debut season. “We have done remarkably well and hit above our targets but this good performance will not lead us to setting new goals. A top eight or top four finish will be enough for us”.
An elated Molotsi said the early success of Forest could be compared to English Premier League reigning champions Leicester City, adding that the Mankgodi lads are capable of doing the unthinkable, (winning the league title).
“We can do well, the boys have energy and the support from Mankgodi is remarkable, we have gained new supporters and I believe we are now growing into a bigger brand everyone wants to don a Forest jersey.” Furthermore Molotsi said they have urged their players not to participate in the upcoming Christmas games as they run the risk of sustaining unnecessary injuries, which can threaten their participation in the league.
“We have spoken long and hard with them not to indulge in such games.”Forest have since acquired an invisibility cloak in their debut season, which includes an amazing undefeated streak. Magoleng have accumulated 19 points from just 11 games, they are currently third in the BTC Premiership log standings behind Township Rollers and log leaders Orapa United. Only Black Forest and Orapa United have not lost a single game this year. The Magoleng’s recent conquests include draws against Township Rollers and Gaborone United.
The rookies recently shocked the local football fraternity after claiming the scalp of Kgatleng giants Mochudi Centre Chiefs in a 2-0 thriller.Moreover, Magoleng are a multi-dimensional team consisting of good sprinkling players who have quickly made a name for themselves since their introduction to top-flight football. Although their defense looked fragile during the start of the season they have grown in confidence and mastered the art of absorbing pressure, they have recorded the best defense in the league having conceded only five goals from 11 games.
Forest usually start their attacks with their rear guard Mogomotsi Kerebotswe in the middle of the park. Kerebotswe has paired well with the artistic feet of Gofaone Mbaya whose has mastered both short and long balls in their counter attacks.Headcoach Rapelang Tsatsilebe’s charges do not only revel in quick counter attacks, but they also have the ability to communicate and think quickly.
The Forest squad also plays with a great sense of urgency from the first whistle.The Forest dominant player Thatayaone Kgamanyane has proved to be one of the rare talents to come out of the domestic league this season, having initiated Forest attacks with sheer brilliance in the first round. The quick and skillful player is able to stretch the rival defense to a breaking point.
Magoleng also rely on Lynoth Chikuhwa who rarely gives rival defenders breathing space. Chikuhwa has proven to be a ruthless goal poacher and his record of six goals in the league speaks for him. Forest takes on Jwaneng Galaxy at the Galaxy stadium this evening and the game comes as a must win for the buoyant Forest as they will look to end the year with no defeat.
New GU Stadium Excites Mochudi based soccer rivals
Officials at Mochudi village’s biggest soccer clubs Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Mochudi Rovers are excited at the news that their district will soon have a state of the art football stadium after property and construction magnate Nicholas Zackhem announced the erection of the facility for Gaborone United.
Zackhem, owner and director of Zac Construction, revealed recently to this publication that a football stadium would be built in Bokaa village at a cost of P70 million, with the hope that all phases will be completed by 2025.
Edwin Mothulatshipi, Chairman of Centre Chiefs, as well as Mochudi Rovers’ Chairman Sugar Molefhe both spoke to The Midweek Sun on what the construction of the stadium means for their respective clubs. Both admit they would jump at the opportunity to use the facility for their official matches, and based on what Gaborone United financier Zackhem has shared with The Midweek Sun, it will not be difficult for all the other clubs based around the area to use the facility. TO READ THE COMPLETE STORY, BUY THIS WEEK’S EDITION (11 August 2021) OF THE MIDWEEK SUN AT A STORE NEAR YOU.
Local hockey body to incur massive financial loss post Covid-19
Botswana Hockey Association (BHA) President Unaswi Matebu has confessed that her Association will suffer major financial losses post the Covid 19 pandemic that has left the sport fraternity at a standstill.
Matebu recently told this publication that the current situation does not only have tremendous effects on their schedule, but also there will be financial implications more especially that the association does not have full time sponsors.
“We had to cancel most of our calendar activities such as tournaments, national team trainings, Board meetings, and club activities since mid-March this year, all of which have cost us money to prepare for,” Matebu remarked in an interview.
Additionally she said the planning phase for their 5-year Development Plan which was supposed to be launched in June will have to be postponed. Also there are national competitions that were postponed till further notice despite them having already set up teams and having already started preparing.
“Our Indoor Hockey Senior National teams had already started preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations – a World Cup qualifier – that was supposed to be held in June, 2020, in South Africa. Our Field Hockey Senior National teams had already begun preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers that were supposed to be held in August, 2020 in Zimbabwe,” she added.
Moreover, it was going to be an excessively detailed and decorated year for local hockey governing body, with the Youth National teams having already began preparations for the Africa Youth Championships that were billed for September, 2020, in Ghana.
“Player conditioning has obviously been affected because athletes are currently not training as planned and what we had achieved so far might go to waste. We are only hoping that the Continental and World Hockey governing bodies will give us enough time to prepare for these competitions post the pandemic.”