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Matebele target Popa runaway train

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The undefeated beMOBILE premiership 2015/16 championship frontrunners – Township Rollers – will be in a tricky affair this Saturday when they face BDF XI at the Molepolole Sports Complex.

‘Matebele a Mantsho,’ as BDF are popularly known will relish the chance of being the first team to beat the undefeated Rollers in a league fixture when the two meet this weekend. In past seasons Popa Popa have been known to start well early in the season only to run out of steam by the second round. However, the MmaMasire glamour boys seem to be an unstoppable force this season.

Only Police XI have been able to beat Rollers 1-0 during the Mascom Top 8 second fixture at the Molepolole sports complex. After the shock defeat, Rollers headcoach Mark Harrison complained that his charges had lost focus following a 4-2 first leg win against the   Jungle Kings. Harrison added that Rollers’ first and only defeat of the season was because his charges had become complacent due to previous success.

Meanwhile, Rollers travelled to Itekeng stadium over the weekend in what was deemed to be a tough game against Orapa United. Yet again Popa came out of Itekeng stadium unscathed after a goalless draw. This begs the question on whether anybody can beat Popa this season.

Nonetheless, BDF XI will come into the match as underdogs, but they may be one of the only three teams that could realistically pull an upset on the runaway Popa steam train. Currently Popa are elevated in the rarefied atmosphere with an impressive 37 points while BDF are   fourth with 29 points and only four defeats.

However, Popa still run like a well-oiled machine despite being in the second round of the season. Harrison seems to have found a winning formula that has consistently worked against tough opposition. The BDF defence will have a lot to deal with, considering Rollers attack that features Carl Finnigan, Jerome Louis, Jerome Ramatlhakwane, Sekhana Koko, Joel Mogorosi and Maano Ditshupo. On the flipside Matebele will have to be spot on defensively and take scoring chances earlier.

This will allow them to hold Mapalastina later on. BDF headcoach Beston Chambesi will rely heavily on reliable star strikers Patrick Kaunda and Keeagile Kobe. Still on attack BDF will need the services of Ofentse Mmipi and Mosha Gaolaolwe, while goal poacher Mwampule Masule will come against his former team.

Meanwhile, Frida’s beMOBILE fixture will feature FC Satmos vs. Orapa United (Selibi Phikwe), BR Highlander vs. Mochudi Centre Chiefs (Serowe). On Saturday Gaborone United will take on Gilport Lions (National Stadium), Nico United vs. Green Lovers (Selibi Phikwe), Extension Gunners vs. Sankoyo Bush Bucks (Lobatse), Miscelleneous vs. Motlakase Power Dynamos. The only fixture on Sunday will be Galaxy FC vs Police IX.

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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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