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Rollers, Gunners clash in Unity Cup tonight



Men and Boys for Gender Equality hosted and organised a workshop for Township Rollers and Mochudi Centre Chiefs players last week. They held another workshop for Extension Gunners’ players this Tuesday.

The workshops, according to the Non-Governmental Organisation, are aimed at educating players on issues of violence against women and the impact of social media in players’ lives. The workshop took place after a few local stars were in the media for the wrong reasons. Local stars proved to be vulnerable to issues of gender based violence. 

Men and Boys claim that they wanted to target perpetrators of violence. The two clubs are arguably the most supported and the highest paying clubs in the country. 

Footballers Union Botswana Life (FUB) President Diphetogo Selolwane expressed his gratitude to Men and Boys for imparting knowledge to the players. According to the FUB honourary President, players are human beings and they have an opinion. “As players we also face challenges that ordinary men go through”, Selolwane warned. He said they want the programme to accommodate all 16 BPL clubs.

The former GU star explained that he also went through same temptations as the current crop of players. “I am also a young man who faced the same temptation, it is difficult, it’s not easy but it can be done”, the former Zebras striker said. Selolwane acknowledged that players do learn from their mistakes.

He advised players to understand that the community looks up to them in many ways and charged them to be mature and responsible. “You have to be a good person whether you like it or not. We need to focus and be the best person you can be, listen, open up for advice, read, follow what’s happening around the world”, advised Selolwane.

He challenged players to be concerned for other people more especially women because they deal with them on a daily basis. “We have to try to do our best around them, some of us are fathers and we don’t have to be fathers from a distance”. Men and Boys held the workshop to reach out to players so as to use them to convey the message to the rest of the footballing public.

Team leader at Men and Boys for gender equality Desmod Lunga said they are working closely with Footballers Union Botswana to reach out to the footballing audiences. “We started with these two teams,” Lunga said, adding they want players to learn to know how to treat themselves with respect, as brand, and be sellable to the public. He advised that players must create a relationship with the community.

According to Lunga they want players to be part of the solution on these issues. Lunga explained that “when it comes to issues of gender based violence, considering that players have a lot of following and they influence other people in the society”.

The organization has agreed with the two clubs to play a challenge match during the 16 days of activism against gender based violence campaign. Chiefs and Rollers were expected to play each other at the National Stadium tonight at 7pm, but Chiefs withdrew and the game will now feature Mapantsula and Mapalastina.

Tickets are already on sale at the web tickets centers around the country, P80 grand stand and P40 elsewhere. 

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Heelang, hands off journalists!



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




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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