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Gilport lions stun Rollers

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POPA SUNK BY LAST GASP WINNER

Township Rollers’ title aspirations suffered a huge setback at the feet of an inspired Gilport Lions, who pulled of the shock of the season at the National Stadium on Saturday evening.

Going into the fixture, few predicted anything other than a routine Rollers win.

However, a last gasp strike from super-sub Lone Taele sealed an unlikely 2-1 victory for Gilport and left Rollers rooted to 4th place, three points behind new league leader’s Jwaneng Galaxy.

The winger had only been on the pitch for ten minutes when he broke Popa hearts, brushing off the challenge of Rollers captain Ofentse Nato as he burst into the box.

With the angle against him, Taele opted to shoot, his well-struck effort taking Kabelo Dambe by surprise, beating the flat-footed keeper at his near post.

The goal capped a fine performance from Gilport’s young lions, who matched their more-fancied opposition for much of the 90 minutes.

Mandivenga Paradzayi’s troops stuck to their game plan manfully, not giving Rollers any time or space on the ball.

The tactic led to a subdued first-half lacking in goalmouth action. However, the game burst into life on the stroke of half-time when Gilport were awarded a penalty courtesy of a handball from Rollers right back Kamogelo Matsabu.

Up stepped Kevin Bulala, who showed nerves of steel to dispatch his spot kick past Dambe’s despairing dive.

As expected, the second half saw Mapalastina up the tempo in their bid to force an equalizer. Mothusi Cooper and Arnold Mampori both went close before Popa’s pressure finally paid off in the 70th minute.

There seemed little danger when Lemponye Tshireletso received the ball on the edge of the area. Producing a moment of magic out of keeping with the rest of Rollers’ workman-like performance, the veteran midfielder unleashed a sublime strike with his weaker right foot, the ball flying past Richard Mampane in the Gilport goal.

The stage seemed set for the three-time defending champions to push for a winner. Taele, however, had not read the script, his late heroics condemning newly-appointed Rollers coach Frank Nuttal to his first defeat in the Scot’s second league game in charge.

After the match, a proud Paradzayi described beating Rollers as ‘an honour’.

“We did not expect to beat Rollers because they are one of the biggest teams in the country. We had hoped to maybe get a draw but the boys put up a fine performance to ensure that we collect all the three points and I am delighted!”

For his part, a disappointed Nuttal turned down all requests for a post match interview.

WEEKEND RESULTS

Extension Gunners 1 – 4 BDF XI
Orapa United 0 – 2 Gaborone United
BR Highlanders 0 – 4 Jwaneng Galaxy
Police XI 2 – 3 Notwane
Molepolole City Stars 2 – 3 Miscellaneous
Prisons XI 2 – 1 TAFIC
Morupule Wanderers 3 – 3 Security Systems

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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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Teranga lions’ world cup legend retires

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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