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Khama opens F/town sports complex

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The official opening of Francistown Sports Complex tomorrow in the midst of Botswana Games by President Ian Khama Seretse Khama will be overshadowed by the Zebras celebrity status in the second city.

The Zebras still holds a record breaking attendance number of 26 662 in their game with the much fancied Mali two months ago albeit coming at a fee and fatigue for the fans. The stadium will for the first time welcome the president who has a tough task of filling it up for free which many soccer pundits have ruled out as they claim the Zebras to be more popular than the president.

Khama who is scheduled to hijack the ongoing Botswana Games on Thursday to officially open the facility will most likely be faced with vacant seats as the Botswana Games failed to impress multitudes of residents of the second city unlike the Zebras. 


The Botswana Games also have no hype as there is no branding or anything to reflect that the games are ongoing. Information reaching this publication suggests that some civic leaders are bent on ensuring that Khama finds empty stands allegedly because he denied them the opportunity to name their stadium.

An inside source at the Francistown City Council revealed that the powers that be are not happy with the president’s decision to name the newly opened stadium without consulting them.

That’s why the Botswana Games were not mobilised unlike in the case of the Zebras who compelled the leadership of the City Council to use Public Address systems to announce the Zebras games on air and in all locations of the city. If they do not have beef with the president, why are they not publicising his official opening stopover?” the source wondered.

Bobby Gaseitsiwe of the Botswana Games organising committee rubbished claims that the game’s no hype was politically motivated as akin to comparing an apple to a pin. “Botswana Games cannot be compared to the Zebras who are a brand recognised all over Africa.

Even if the entrance is free the Under 19 year olds cannot surpass their seniors who currently hold a record breaking attendance number. Take an example of our national Female Soccer team.

When they play at the stadium even at free entrance, the stands are always empty since they are not yet a huge brand. Some people are comparing these games with the past African Youth Games, which had a higher expenditure than us. When we budget we look at basic needs like accommodation for technical staff in hotels and lodges as opposed to bill boards like some people have been suggesting,” he explained. 


Gaseitsiwe said that all stakeholders including the FCC have played their part in the preparation including information dissemination to the members of the public. “Everybody involved during the preparations of the Botswana Games played their part. We have called press conferences, as well as advertising the games over the radio and our local television station,’’ Gaseitsiwe added.

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Well-endowed Galaxy

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FIRE POWER: Galaxy await Rollers

It is only the third week of the 2018/19 BTC Premiership and things are already heating up. Leading the charge is a marauding Jwaneng Galaxy who have already thrown a heavy-handed gauntlet at their rivals after recording a highly impressive 10 goals in just two games.

Galaxy’s intention has been made clear this season after leaving their first two opponents with bloody noses and tails tucked between their legs. The former Mascom Top 8 champions are in a relentless war path with the premier league title on their radar. This weekend, Galaxy host bitter rivals Township Rollers in Jwaneng in what is expected to be a football grudge match. Rollers have been a prickly thorn in Galaxy’s quest to claim the premiership silverware for the past two seasons.

This means the weekend fixture will be the most compelling of the new season. However, Galaxy seem to be packing more heat coming into the Saturday fixture having annihilated both Prisons XI (5-0) and Security Systems (5-0). Galaxy are currently occupying first position alongside second place Sharps Shooting Stars at six points apeice. The game against Popa this weekend will be a litmus test for Galaxy. If the Debswana backed side beats the reigning champions they will establish themselves as potential contenders for the 2018/19 title honours. On the flipside, a loss against Rollers will only mean the first two games were short of a bluff.

Pound for pound Mapalastina have the best squad in the domestic league but a new look Galaxy are well endowed in their own right. In an interview this week, Galaxy spokesperson Tankiso Morake said they played Rollers three times last season and all the games ended in a draw. “Remember we played Rollers in the Mascom Top 8 in Lobatse,” an up-beat Morake said. Morake further said they expected their new coach to receive his permits and start manning the bench when they play Rollers this weekend. “Our supporters have told us that they expected nothing less than league honours this season.” Morake attributes the positive result to a great pre-season.

“You will remember that there was a fake list in the media indicating that we have parted ways with most of our players. You can see that the likes of Ayanda Molefe and Isaac Paeye are still part of the team. There is a lot of competition in our team because we mostly have young players in the team including Lebogang Ditsile who played at Highlands Park in South Africa.” Furthermore, Morake conceded that Rollers are a strong team but argued that they will win the games from the technical bench. “You will remember that we started the last season back tracking but this time things are different.”

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Bridge team fails to impress

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The local team comprised of under 16, under 21 and under 26 categories. In an interview this week, BBF spokesperson Mbakiso Malilo did not mince his words when he described the team’s performance as terrible with all the three teams failing to qualify for the quarter finals.

“Making it to the quarter finals was our target following a good showing in the online championship by our junior team. I believe we can work on improving the playing standard for kids (under 16) as they still stand a chance to compete in the under 21 and under 26 categories for future championships,” he said.

However, Malilo explained that the local youth team gained a lot of experience as the played against more advanced rivals. Quizzed on challenges they faced with a predominantly youthful team, Malilo said: “the trip was too long and for most of the players this was their first experienced of travelling such a great distance. The jet lag ended up affecting the team’s performance as they showed signs of fatigue.” Malilo said their objective was to train young players and give them exposure to the game early on.

“We managed to network with bridge power houses like the Netherlands. Official from the European country expressed interest in training our kids through bridge clinics and enhancing the standard of play and bidding.” Malilo said they selected the junior team that travelled to China through local tournament that was held in Gaborone earlier this year. The tournament was attend by mostly tertiary school students and out of school youth in the junior and youngsters’ category. For the under 16 category we invited student from secondary schools.

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