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#Rollers leave it late against Notwane

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Defending champions Township Rollers left it late against struggling city rivals Notwane FC on Sunday as they got their stuttering season back on track with a hard fought 3-1 victory at the National Stadium.

Goals in the 80th and 86th minute from Tumisang Orebonye and substitute Tlhalefo Molebatsi ensured Popa started the new year with maximum points, bringing an end to a three-match winless streak.

The result leaves fourth-placed Rollers three points behind league leaders Orapa United, who suffered a surprise 1-0 loss at home to Prisons XI on Saturday.

In his first outing in charge following the sacking of Tomas Trucha, Rollers Interim Coach Zachariah Mudzadze saw his side get off to the worst possible start, falling behind to a 10th minute wonder strike from Keiponye Mphoyamodimo.

The goal seemed to act as a wake-up call for Rollers, who responded in fine fashion, forcing a deserved equalizer midway through the first half courtesy of an Onkarabile Ratanang free kick.

Speaking to Voice Sport after the final whistle, a relieved Muzadzi praised his players for sticking to the game plan.

“I am impressed with how the boys played; they did exactly what we asked them to do! We wanted to play a high pressing game and that is what we did and eventually won the match.” 

Turning his attention to the rest of the season, with the title set for a four-horse race between Rollers, Orapa, Security Systems and Jwaneng Galaxy, Mudzadze said, “We are used to being at the top of the log hence that will be our focus from here. We want to accumulate as much as we can so that we return to that position we are used to.”

For his part, Notwane gaffer Oupa Kowa remains confident his team will escape relegation.

Currently 15th in the league, with just Miscellaneous below them, Toronto endured a terrible start to the season, failing to score in their first six games and managing just a single point.

The disastrous run came on the back of a six-point deduction for failing to meet the league’s licencing requirements.

Since then Notwane have enjoyed a revival of sorts, collecting 16 points from their last ten fixtures.

Although they remain in the relegation zone, they are just a point behind Molepolole City Stars, Tafic, Gilport Lions and Extension Gunners.

“I believe we will survive. I am receiving a great deal of support from management so it is still early for us to give up. We are going to keep fighting until we reach our goal which is to survive!” stressed Kowa, who will have taken heart from his team’s performance against Rollers.

“We are not in a good position and time is ticking hence we cannot afford to lose games like this because we have set ourselves standards and if you do not adhere to them you end up losing games.

“All the four goals that were scored on the day were beautiful but I think Rollers dominated the first-half while we played better on the second-half. We were just unfortunate to concede those two late goals which sadly ensured our defeat,” he reflected ruefully.

BTC PREMIERSHIP RESULTS

Molepolole City Stars 0 – 0 Security Systems                        

Orapa United 0 – 1 Prisons XI    

Morupule Wanderers 3 – 0 Miscellaneous     

Extension Gunners 1 – 4 Police XI        

BDF XI 5 – 1 TAFIC                        

Gilport Lions 0 – 1 BR Highlanders      Gaborone United 1 – 3 Jwaneng Galaxy 

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BTA to submit post COVID-19 roadmap

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BTA to submit post COVID-19 roadmap

Botswana Tennis Association (BTA) President Oaitse Thipe has revealed to Voice Sport their intention to resume their calendar of events in an interview on Wednesday.

The president said they are in the process of submitting names for their skeletal staff permits with the sole aim of completing their sporting calendar.

Thipe told Voice Sport that once they shift their gears into motion, they’ll first turn their attention to local tournaments such as Gaborone Club Junior Open and Orapa Open.

“We’ll then move to international tournaments which we anticipate to host this coming October,” he said.

“In addition, the Advanced Course International Tennis Federation (ITF) Level 2 is also in the cards for the end of August,” said Thipe.

The BTA President who came into office last year September said one of their key targets is to increase participation in wheelchair and beach tennis.

“We are expecting a handful of donations such as wheelchairs, rackets and all the necessary beach tennis equipment from ITF this coming June, and that is surely aligned to our mandate,” explained Thipe, further stating that despite some success their nine months in office has not been smooth sailing.

“We’ve successfully hosted a number of courses in which over 16 officials have graduated. We also witnessed the remarkable rise of one of our young talents Denzel (Seetso) flexing his muscle in the continent and becoming the highest ranked African player,” he said proudly.

The president however lamented their lack of money which has hampered their intention to increase coaches across the country, a key component to having more players plying their trade in elite competitions across Europe and the United States of America.

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Daggers drawn for BFA top post

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Daggers drawn for BFA top post

Uncertainty over the looming Botswana Football Association (BFA) elective congress was finally cleared this week when the Electoral Committee announced 8th of August as a date for the d-day.

The BFA elections were left in limbo since the outbreak of Covid-19 and the subsequent suspension of all football matters.

Briefing the media this week, board chairperson Moemedi Leina said since the elections will be held in the middle of a State of Emergency the elections board will be guided by the Covid 19 Task Force.

He said citizens aged between 30 and 75 years and without any criminal record can begin submitting their names for possible election starting on the 1st to the 12th of June.

Battle for the BFA’s top post promises to be a bare knuckled contest, with four prominent figures already looking set to throw their names into the hat.

Incumbent, Maclean Letshwiti will face stiff competition from former BFA president Tebogo Sebego, politician Boyce Sebetela and former BFA Chief Executive Officer Ookeditse Malesu.

The four potential candidates are already canvasing for votes across regions, and attempting to sway delegates to their sides.

While few have publicly stated their intention to stand for elections, Francistown Regional Football Association Chairperson Maokaneng Bontshetse has long declared his candidature for the Vice President 2 position.

Bontshetse, a shrewd sports administrator is one of the longest serving football servants in the country.

He prides himself as the founder of the Zebras Supporters Club.

Letina has however advised potential candidates that there are certain requirements they must meet in order to be eligible.

He said candidates should be active in football structures and not be insolvent.

“We’re also not going to allow people from other sports codes. The committee will vet from June 22-29 and publish candidates’ names on June 30,” he said.

Letina further said they will then allow for appeals or queries for the next two weeks before publishing the final list on 23rd July.

“During the appeals period, we’ll simultaneously compile and prepare a voters roll. This year there will be no elections in the regions after the General Assembly resolved that regional committees will run for four years, which means their terms ends in 2022,” said Letina.

Meanwhile the association Chief Executive Officer Mfolo Mfolo said their medical team is working round the clock to prepare for the return of football action.

Last week Ministry of Sports approved the resumption of football activities operations for the premier league and first division games from the 1st of June.

Mfolo said the medical team is to submit the final guidelines to the BFA National Executive Committee so that teams can start competitive football.

He said there are certain Covid-19 regulations they need to adhere to.

The league is left with 13 games to complete the season.

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