With just nine games left in the BTC Premiership 2018/2019 season, teams are flexing their muscles as they want to squeeze themselves into the coveted top eight spot. This weekend the rejuvenated Gaborone United will relish a huge opportunity to step up and maybe find a home in the lucrative top eight bracket.
Moyagolele are currently on position nine with 27 points, one-point shy from their opponent Miscellaneous Sporting Club who are on position eight with just 28 points in their folder. The two BTC Premiership sides cross swords this Friday at the Molepolole Sports Complex at 1900 hours and as anticipated sparks are expected to fly under flood lights.
GU headcoach Philemon Makwengwe is expected to dig deep into his war chest and use the wealth of experience at the Money Machine to his advantage. The likes of Edwin Bonso and Gaopatwe Seosenyeng will be marshalling the center of the defense while Alphonse Modisaotsile will shield his defenders. The much-needed fire power is expected from Rentse Keakabetse, Obonywe Maome and the free scoring Thatayaone Kgamanyane in the midfield.
However, another midfield maestro, Dirang Moloi will be used as a decoy in attack while Jerome Ramatlhakwana will do all in his power to destabilize the defense and take them out of shape. Nonetheless the GU attacks will be under watch with experienced Mponang Mponang expected to lead his side ahead of this encounter. Defenders like Mothata Lucas and Chicco Molefe are expected to keep the dangerous GU attackers at bay.
With Simon Pako Osupile out injured Lynoth Chikuhwa and Bhekuyise Kunene will have to lead the attack for Tse nala, as they want to maintain their top 8 spot until the end of the season. In other fixtures position seven Extension Gunners (29 points) are also in the mid table mix. Mapantsola will take on title contenders Jwaneng Galaxy in Lobatse on Saturday.
Another team involved in this intriguing battle is Sharps Shooting Stars who are not comfortable on position six, the excellent boys welcome log leaders Township Rollers at Molepolole Sports Complex this Sunday.
New GU Stadium Excites Mochudi based soccer rivals
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.
Local hockey body to incur massive financial loss post Covid-19
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.”