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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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Well-endowed Galaxy

Isaac Pheko



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



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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