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League title race heats up

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In their 22nd week of the2016/17 BTC premierships season, log leaders, Township Rollers are poised to extend their lead in front of the Marauding Jwaneng Galaxy FC.

Currently at 45 points and 3 games ahead of the recently crowned Mascom Top 8 champions, Jwaneng Galaxy FC, Township Rollers can already taste the silverware. However, Galaxy will ensure that they win a double this season and take two trophies back home.   
Defending champions Popa will take on 12th placed Miscelleneous when they travel to Serowe this weekend. Facing the Serowe minnows will only motivate Popa to bring home maximum points.

On the other hand, Galaxy will meet giants killer Security Systems at Jwaneng Stadium. Mike ‘Dubula Dubula’ Sithole will be wary of the looming threat from Thaloba Nthaga and his charges when they meet on Saturday. Galaxy cannot afford to drop in points against league title rivals. Meanwhile Galaxy also have to worry about another threat in Orapa United who were vanquished 4-3 by the Jwaneng outfit in the epic Top 8 final.  

Madinda Ndlovu’s Ostriches are expected to be in a mean mood when they host Selibe Phikwe minnows Nico United at Itekeng stadium, Orapa are currently on third place with 36 points and catching up with Galaxy who claimed their scalp   this past weekend will be some sort of revenge over their recent loss.

Meanwhile the biggest game of the weekend will undoubtedly see bitter rival Gaborone United and Mochudi Centre Chiefs tussling for mid table position at the national stadium on Saturday. Both clubs have been under par in their 2016/17 campaign and they both owe their long-suffering supporters a good result in this   encounter.  

Another interesting game will see Police VI taking fellow disciplined forces BDF XI at the Otse stadium. Other weekend fixtures: Mahalapye United Hotspurs vs. Sankoyo Bush Bucks, Extension Gunners vs. Gilport Lions, Black Forest vs. Green Lovers.

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New GU Stadium Excites Mochudi based soccer rivals

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Officials at Mochudi village’s biggest  soccer clubs Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Mochudi Rovers are excited at the news that their district will soon have a state of the art football stadium after property and construction magnate Nicholas Zackhem announced the erection of the facility for Gaborone United.

Zackhem, owner and director of Zac Construction, revealed recently to this publication that a football stadium would be built in Bokaa village at a cost of P70 million, with the hope that all phases will be completed by 2025.

Edwin Mothulatshipi, Chairman of Centre Chiefs, as well as Mochudi Rovers’ Chairman Sugar Molefhe both spoke to The Midweek Sun on what the construction of the stadium means for their respective clubs. Both admit they would jump at the opportunity to use the facility for their official matches, and based on what Gaborone United financier Zackhem has shared with The Midweek Sun, it will not be difficult for all the other clubs based around the area to use the facility. TO READ THE COMPLETE STORY, BUY THIS WEEK’S EDITION (11 August 2021) OF THE MIDWEEK SUN AT A STORE NEAR YOU.

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Local hockey body to incur massive financial loss post Covid-19

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Botswana Hockey Association (BHA) President Unaswi Matebu has confessed that her Association will suffer major financial losses post the Covid 19 pandemic that has left the sport fraternity at a standstill.

Matebu recently told this publication that the current situation does not only have tremendous effects on their schedule, but also there will be financial implications more especially that the association does not have full time sponsors.

“We had to cancel most of our calendar activities such as tournaments, national team trainings, Board meetings, and club activities since mid-March this year, all of which have cost us money to prepare for,” Matebu remarked in an interview.

Additionally she said the planning phase for their 5-year Development Plan which was supposed to be launched in June will have to be postponed. Also there are national competitions that were postponed till further notice despite them having already set up teams and having already started preparing.

“Our Indoor Hockey Senior National teams had already started preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations – a World Cup qualifier – that was supposed to be held in June, 2020, in South Africa. Our Field Hockey Senior National teams had already begun preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers that were supposed to be held in August, 2020 in Zimbabwe,” she added.

Moreover, it was going to be an excessively detailed and decorated year  for local hockey governing body, with the Youth National teams having  already began preparations for the Africa Youth Championships that were billed for September, 2020, in Ghana.

“Player conditioning has obviously been affected because athletes are currently not training as planned and what we had achieved so far might go to waste. We are only hoping that the Continental and World Hockey governing bodies will give us enough time to prepare for these competitions post the pandemic.”

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