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Khama opens F/town sports complex



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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Zapata takes charge



TAKING CHARGE: Zapata assumes his position

Township Rollers Head Coach Rodolfo Zapata was this past Tuesday in charge of the team’s training session, a first since he was appointed Rollers coach in November 2018.

Sun Sports has been reliably informed by sources that were present at the morning session that the Argentine coach was at the grounds and it was all clear that he is now the man in control of the team.

Zapata was made to jump through hoops before he could finally take over the reins at Rollers. First he had to battle with his former club, Gaborone United to cancel his active working permit with the team. The matter dragged for more than a month.

When GU finally gave in, Zapata’s qualifications as a coach were questioned. This came as shocking given that Zapata is GU’s former coach. Nevertheless, a source within Botswana Football Association (BFA) circles has told this paper that Zapata was cleared by CAF last week. As things stand Zapata will be expected on the bench this coming Friday when they play Notwane. If not, then his first job will be the Mascom Top 8 Semi-final against GU next week.

The Rollers management could not be reached yesterday as their phones rang unanswered and repeated efforts revealed that the team spokesperson, Bafana Pheto is currently across borders.
Meanwhile, Zapata’s arrival comes at a crucial time following Rollers ‘s embarrassing defeat to the hands of rivals Jwaneng Galaxy this past weekend. Galaxy cut short the endless winning streak of the defending championships to serve them their second loss since the beginning of the league with a score line of 3-1.

Of late , unconfirmed reports suggest that players had grown impatient with the caretaker coach, Thabo Motang. They differed and questioned his decisions on the pitch. Motang is now reported to have gone back to the department he knows best, goalkeeper coach.

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Moluba wants a replica of previous success

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PLAY MAKER: Moalosi is a prolific goal scorer

Township Rollers influential midfielder, Edwin Moalosi confirmed his ambitions to help his team to repeat their run in the previous season to win both Botswana Telecommunication (BTC) Premiership league and the Mascom Top 8. Moluba as he is affectionately known said this after their 3-1 loss to Jwaneng Galaxy at the National Stadium this past Saturday.

Rollers 2018/19 BTC league campaign have been impressive thus far as they are still at the summit of the log despite their loss over the weekend. The Galaxy loss was their second, having lost to the other mining team, Orapa United. However, they have already reached the semi-finals of the Mascom Top 8.

Moalosi told Sun Sport that this season is not going to be a walk in the path, “It is not easy being the defending Champions as you become the team to beat, every team will try hard not to give you space to play or attack hence all the games we play become a mammoth task,” said Moalosi.

Moalosi further stated that being eliminated from the Confederations of African Football (CAF) Champions league early was a blessing in disguise, “We are now out of the CAF Champions league and we can now focus on doing well in the domestic league and cup tournament (Mascom Top 8).

In addition, we need to double our efforts as players so that we reach our ultimate goals,” he said.
Quizzed about his individual goals as a player despite picking so many injuries this season, he said, “Injuries are part of the game, it only depends on every player as to how you respond to it, I am always positive regardless of the circumstances I come across. I want to increase my goal tally and hopefully improve my assists as well,” explained.

However, Jwaneng Galaxy Captain, Olebogeng Malebye who scored a marvellous curler on the day said they are going to give Rollers a run for their money this season, “We are going to fight to death to try and leapfrog Rollers and eventually win the league as it has been our aim for a long time. And finally, we managed to beat them after a very long time trying with no success,” said Malebye.

Jwaneng Galaxy’s season is slowly improving as they are now second on the log, and Orapa United seems to be struggling a bit but the league is still open. Another round of BTC Premiership league matches is expected to continue this coming weekend with a couple of interesting fixtures to look out to including Township Rollers and Notwane FC on Friday at Molepolole and Security Systems and Mochudi Centre Chiefs on Saturday at the same venue, just to mention a few.

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