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Black Forest in a perfect run

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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.

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Heelang, hands off journalists!

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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

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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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