Connect with us

Like wine, Mogorosi gets better

In this season of utmost deluge, Joel Mogorosi‘s image and familiar sight around football circles stand still. The Township Roller striker no longer likes crossing the ball   but putting the ball in the back of the net.  Not only has he scored in as  many matches of the club -8times in 11 matches this season, invoking the debate in favour of his return to lead the line for The Zebras under David Bright  again.

It is of course a turnaround for a player whom Bloemfontein Celtic off-loaded three seasons ago with a mediocre record of goals. This season Kaunda is scoring at will as he enjoys more game time at the Jagdish Shah powered project. His goal ratio of 1.4 per game shows that he is prolific striker deserving all accolades. Not even Mogorosi himself has answers to his impressive start. When quizzed to explain his surprising rise into the upper echelons of the goal scoring ranks, the speedy attacker quivered.

“I do not even know where this is coming from,” he said. But the truth of the matter is that with Rollers, he enjoys every moment in a position he always loved. He has done that before. He won the golden boot with Mochudi Center Chiefs during the 2011-12 scoring a remarkable 26 goals. But there is another explanation beyond the positional or metaphysical. Mogorosi‘s purple patch is not a wild aberration or statistical outlier. He has always been talented, as he showed by scoring remarkable goals even when playing for Celtic of South Africa.

Only that his goals were not recorded while at former premier league campaigners BMC FC, but the varnished statistics could have masked the real picture. At that club he was a bit part actor in a giant theatre ensemble: he got a short scene here and a cameo there.
In some ways it is understandable that Mogorosi's ability was overlooked for so long. He is not a pricey old player orchid or a delicate bud in the first stages of bloom. He is a 30 something-year-old individual, who flowered a little later than others. But the exciting thing for Rollers is that he is getting better with age; just like wine.

Playing alongside fellow striker and countrymen Tumisang ‘Teenage’ Orebonye undoubtedly helps.  The striker not only leads his team in shots on target, but he is a distraction and a tease: He attracts defenders' eyes that might otherwise be focused elsewhere. But Mogorosi has scored when Orebonye has been absent and when Rollers have been more defensive. His goals are instrumental into pushing Rollers—a club dominating in football circles—first from top 8 finish to group stages of the CAF competition.

Mogorosi's scoring run cannot go on forever, of course.  He eyes this season’s golden boot as his contract is coming to an end.  He nearly did it last season, but his performance was dulled by injuries and suspensions. But right now he is bubbling and the future seems effervescent with possibilities.

Continue Reading


Orange injects P350 000 into Phikwe marathon

21st March 2023

Mobile network Orange Botswana is committed to supporting the development of local sport. Through its sponsorship, the company will be able to promote and market the sport. According to Maano Masisi, the company believes that sport can unite people from different backgrounds.

He stated that through the sponsorship of the marathon, the company will help promote healthy lifestyles and unity among the people of Selebi Phikwe.

The Selebi Phikwe Marathon is scheduled to take place on July 29, 2023. It is expected that it will attract international, regional, and social runners. A total of P216 000 has been allocated for the prize money for the first ten places in the 42.2 km race. For the 15km and 10km races, the LOC will give away prizes to the first five places.

Continue Reading


Big Guns for Botswana Grand Prix

20th March 2023

The National Stadium will be lit up with fireworks on April 29, 2023, as some of the best international athletes will participate in the maiden Botswana Grand prix.

This content is locked

Login To Unlock The Content!

Continue Reading


AFRICA’S RECOVERY: Sports as game changer

13th March 2023

The year 2022 witnessed unprecedented phenomena. Several Africans- Gotytom Gebreslase, Sharon Lokedi, Victor Kiplangat, Tamarit Tola and many others- swept the World’s marathons records.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting control measures implemented in several countries, led to many high-level sports competitions being cancelled or shelved, the Dakar 2022 Youth Olympic Games was moved to 2026.

Founder and Executive Chairman, African Sports and Creative Institute, Will Mabiakop, says the inability to hold traditional and amateur sports events have had a serious effect on public health overall, including mental health, sparking a revolution whereby athletes began to talk more openly about stress, mental overload and performance anxiety.

“Africa is home to the fastest growing economies before the crisis, no longer on track to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). COVID-19 deepened interdependence between SDGs, making them harder to achieve, especially SDG 10 (reducing inequality) and SDG 5 (gender equality_ as the pandemic had a disproportionate impact on poorer countries, and heavier burdens (such as care work) fell to women.”

Mabiakop stresses that as policymakers contemplate actions to speed up recovery and build resilience, they must argue that sports and creative businesses should play a central feature in this effort.

“The sports economy worldwide is estimated at 5% of GDP, but only 0.5% in Africa. If exploited, Africa’s sports and creative industries can offer policymakers innovative solutions. Especially, as regards job creation, and providing employment to the 15 million people entering the job market annually.”


By leveraging the two-for-one concept: past studies shown that a 1% growth in the economy delivers a 2% job increment in this sector (these ratios are calculated using data from 48 African countries and adjusted to the reality of the sports economy in Africa by the authors). There are between 30 and 50 job types, in sports and creative industries, respectively. These jobs do not fade away with the first major shock.

Mabiakop indicated that policymakers can use these industries to tackle multiple crises- jobs, poverty, and climate risks. Sports diplomacy- defined as communication, representation and negotiation in or through the prism of sports- has proven effective in building inclusive and cohesive societies. Moreover, sports and the creative industry can support better mental health and well-being, both important for productivity.

“Policymakers can also be true to the game by leveraging culture and tradition to celebrate identity and reap commercial value in sports, textiles and jewelry. Creative sectors allow deeper connection with culture, are not easily copied and provide great economic potential.”

He said supporting grassroots sports has powerful distributional effects. “Fortunately, technology has made reaching wide audiences easier, generating higher rates of success when talent is discovered.”

However, Mabiakop held that potential pitfalls must be highlighted. “First avoid build it and they will come policies with infrastructures denuded from the rest of the ecosystem. Like the many sports stadiums left largely unused.”

“Policymakers must remain mindful of how these sectors move the needle in human capital development. Also, align the requisite public policies needed for progress from grassroots participation to professional sports, and even to international sporting events. They should also support investment instruments to render these sectors performant.”

Continue Reading