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Chiefs look to cut down blossoming Forest

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Magoleng host Magosi in fight for promotion

Kgatleng giants Mochudi Centre Chiefs will be looking to cut down Black Forest when they travel to Mmankgodi on Saturday in search of their first win of the year.

Having picked up just one point from their two fixtures in 2020, Chiefs’ hopes of an immediate return to the Premier League are fading fast.

With just eight games remaining, the four-time league champions find themselves ten points adrift of Debswana First Division South leader’s Masitaoka.

Currently in 4th position, Magosi’s most likely route back to the top flight looks to be through the play-offs.

To achieve this, they would have to make up a five-point gap to second-placed Mogoditshane Fighters.

However, Black Forest harbor promotion aspirations of their own.

Magoleng, who like Chiefs were relegated from the elite division last season, go into Saturday’s clash on the back of successive 1-0 wins over Jwaneng Fighters and Mogoditshane.

The results saw Forest rise to 5th in the league. They now trial Chiefs by a single point.

Speaking to Voice Sport this week, Forest coach Reetsang Letlole refused to get carried away with his side’s recent form.

“We are still in a building phase; we lost so many players when we relegated! So it is a start-over with a pool of young players. If it happens for us to win the league it will be a bonus,” he declared, stressing his team were well prepared for the visit of Chiefs.

Letlole is adamant home advantage will play a factor and called on Magoleng’s famously vocal supporters to turn up in numbers.

“We are playing in front of our home crowd and we will be relying heavily on them to carry us. They are happy and we would like to keep it that way by winning matches!”

For his part, Chiefs mouthpiece John Marumo said the club were confident of getting their stuttering season back on track.

“We have thoroughly prepared for Forest and we want nothing but a win. However, it is not going to be an easy match because they are an equally good side and they can cause an upset on the day,” he admitted cautiously.

Quizzed on the loss of influential captain Jomo

Moatlhaping, who left for Police XI last month, Marumo was philosophical in his response.

“In football, players come and go. Jomo made his mark in our history and it was time for his departure and we are grateful for his services. Moreover, our mandate remains the same – to rejuvenate Magosi and return to the elite league!” he said, before turning his attention to the unruly behavior of a section of Chiefs fans after last week’s 1-0 loss to Red Sparks.

Sparks flew after the defeat, when around 15 Chiefs fans got involved in a punch up with opposition supporters.

“Chiefs supporters need to be called to order. We are of aware of our recent form but the behaviour they portrayed during the Red Sparks loss is not condoned and it should stop,” warned Marumo.

WEEKEND FIXTURES
(All the games to be played on Saturday at 4pm)

Masitaoka FC v Jwaneng Fighters

Ncojane Young Stars v Holy Ghost

Matebejana v Mogoditshane Fighters

Red Sparks v Broadhurst United

Mochudi Rovers v Union Flamengo Santos

Black Forest v Mochudi Centre Chiefs

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BFA welcomes COVID-19 stipend

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BFA welcomes COVID-19 stipend

On Monday Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development (MYSC), Tumiso Rakgare revealed the government’s plan to help the elite and second-tier leagues with player’s salary subsidies respectively.

Minister Rakgare stated that 25 players of all the 16 teams in the BTC premiership will be paid P2, 500 whilst first division players will each receive P1, 500 for the months of April. May and June.

Teams were expected to submit the required documentation for verification and due processes this week.

The Minister said it was inevitable for government to intervene as sports was the first discipline to be affected by Covid-19, citing the Mares Under 17 trip to Morocco that never materialized.

The Mares were scheduled to face their Moroccan counterparts for a return leg of the FIFA World Cup qualifier in March.

He further revealed that the subsidy is part of the P70 million set aside by the ministry to cushion the impact of Covid-19.

BFA welcomes COVID-19 stipend
SPORTS MINISTER: Rakgare

“The subsidy is only for Batswana players, technical and office staff and monies will be directly deposited to player’s bank accounts to avoid situations where teams might use such funds for their daily expenses,” he said.

He further revealed that referees will be assisted through the FIFA relief fund as agreed with BFA.

Letshwiti hailed the intervention, which he said will cushion the effects of the pandemic on the socio- economic lifestyles of players and technical members involved in running of the clubs.

“This will also go a long way in giving club leaders a reprieve during this challenging time,” he said.

The BFA President said club leaders and owners are custodians of football events and this financial assistance is critical in sustaining players and eventually the clubs they represent.

“The BFA is truly humbled by this noble gesture of unity. We have since availed P40,000 to BPL clubs as a reprieve to help clubs mitigate these devastating consequences,” he saud.

He further said, together with their partners, including government, they continue to discuss sustainable means to get football out of the woods.

“We truly are encouraged by the posture adopted by Honorable Minister Rakgare in finding the most reasonable and practical solution to the problems football faces in the country,” Letshwiti said.

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Teranga lions’ world cup legend retires

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Montpellier’s veteran former Senegal attacker Souleymane Camara has retired after 13 seasons with the side, club president Laurent Nicollin said on Monday.

Camara, 37, played a record 423 times for the outfit where he won the Ligue 1 title in 2012 and made the last of his 35 international appearances in the same year.

“We spoke on Friday and the decision was taken,” Nicollin told A French newspaper.

“He’s now thinking about what he’ll do next. We’ve given him some time to know what he wants to do, if he wants to coach here. We’ve left the door open,” he added.

Camara started his career with Monaco in 2001 before a loan spell at Guingamp and joining Nice four years later.

He was part of the Senegal squad which beat the then holders France en route to the historic 2002 World Cup quarter-finals.

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