Township Rollers has sent bitter rivals Police XI packing out of the Mascom Top 8 “Tse Di Tona” season 6, with an emphatic 2-0 drubbing Monday evening at the national stadium.
Rollers came into the game with a one goal lead against Police XI from their previous encounter at Francistown Sports Complex in the first leg. The encounter was more of a repeat of the 2015/2016 match, when the two teams battled for a spot in the Semi-Finals which was eventually won by Mapalastina. The game began on a very high note. Both teams kept the goal posts occupied and it was evident that Police XI was pushing for a net opening goal. The Jungle Kings created beautiful attempts and chances however their finishing and last touches betrayed them.
Mapalastina on the other hand kept a hawk’s eye watch and kept testing the waters as well as making attempts to put out the Jungle Kings fire. The game went into half time with a tight score of 0-0. In the first two minutes of the second half, veteran Lemponye Tshireletso caught the Jungle Kings off-guard when he scored one for Mapalastina thanks to a brilliant cross from Joel Mogorosi that found Tshireletso well positioned to finish it off.
Police XI momentum went down and that gave Rollers an opportunity to take control of the game. Ingenious Rollers Coach Mark Harrison fastened his belt and pulled out Kekaikantswe Mara Moloi for Ewdin Moalosi. The pressure became unbearable for the Jungle Kings and thus gave way for Moalosi to score a calm, easy and collected second goal for Mapalastina, thus placing the game even further from Police.Police tried to recollect but in vain, their long ball crosses were not helpful and it was clear that Mapalastina were now dominating the game.
Commenting after the game, Police XI Coach Maitumelo Letlaamoreng said he believed his team played well and he will now be shifting focus to BTC Premiership League.Letlaamoreng said his game plan was to score first and equalise but unfortunately that did not happen. “If luck is on my side, maybe I will face off with Rollers again”.
For his part Harrison said his team did not play satisfactorily in the first half however he is satisfied with the results. “We are through to the semi- final, that is what matters. We are ready to face off with any team” he said. Township Rollers now joins the defending champions Orapa United, BDF XI and Jwaneng Galaxy in the semi-finals. The official draw will be conducted on January 10th 2017.
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.”