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Makhwengwe finally joins GU

Gaborone United(GU) are reported to have appointed former Prisons XI gaffer Philemon Makhwengwe on a two year deal that comes with responsibilities of mounting a serious come back for the title challenge as well as winning the top 8 tournament this season.

Makhwengwe is reported to have accepted a lower salary as compared to Prisons XI just to satisfy his zeal to lead the Money Machine. Makhwengwe, according to inside information, was introduced to GU players on Thursday of this week, the same day his contract commences. The appointment ends a two months speculation of who will lead the club after Moyagoleele lost faith on former player Stephen Maposa to reverse the team’s declining performance.

The ascendency of Makhwengwe who won the Coca-Cola title with The Reds in 2012 while at the helm means caretaker coach Khalid Neyonzima takes back his full time role of goal keeper coach. The team is expected to make an announcement any time soon with other reports stating that the management felt compelled to act on the best interest of the club.

Dr Phil as he is popularly known is expected to coax a winning formula for Gaborone United, and also inject fresh ideas and enthusiasm to a club that is fighting early relegation this season despite an array of resources at their disposal.  The appointment of Makhwengwe is already attracting club affirmation and is regarded high profile one given the quality the mentor possesses. He was once employed by the Botswana Football Association (BFA) as technical education officer.

There is no doubt that GU were desperate to move quickly after partying ways with Rudolph Zapata and with lack of alternatives – Makhwengwe’s immediate availability has counted strongly in his favour. They were not prepared to countenance a long wait to prize away an unnamed Brazilian coach, information suggests.

Makhwengwe will have ample time the whole of this season to prepare for his coming games, and he will be given a chance to earn a lengthier stay at the troubled side, if he impresses. The former Prisons XI coach has to prove that he is still capable of succeeding again in the top flight of Botswana football.

The Reds also believes that Makhwengwe was placed in an impossible position at Prisons XI, who are still struggling to adapt in the elite league after gaining promotion last season. They regard him as a safe pair of hands and trust he has not lost the abilities that allowed him to become the envy of other premier league teams.

Makhwengwe will find a side crying out for greater organisation. GU has struggled hard in the first few games this season and has conceded silly goals even during Zapata’s era as the coach. The same problem reaped itself during Maposa’s time as a caretaker coach. Maposa who is expected to take another role at the club is still a popular figure at The Money Machine. The former player enjoyed an impressive off season, leading them to championship of the BTC Charity Cup at the first time of asking.

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It’s do or die for Zebras

28th March 2023

The senior national team, the Zebras, is currently in Equatorial Guinea to for an African Cup of Nations Qualifiers tie. Before they departed, the team’s coach, Mogomotsi Mpote, had his troops train in Morocco. This was through the agreement between the two countries.

The agreement between the BFA and the Fédération Moroccan Football Association states that the two nations will work together to organize friendly matches between their respective national teams. It also allows the establishment of football camps for the youth categories (U-15, U-17, and U-20), this includes women’s national teams.

The national team has played over 180 minutes in its two qualifying matches against Tunisia and Libya. Currently, the Zebras, Lesotho and Liberia are the only teams that haven’t scored yet in the competition (this is correct by press time on Friday).

Before the match against Equatorial Guinea match, the local boys who were once known as the whipping boys of Africa in the early 2000s, were languishing at the bottom of the log standings in group J. They lost their first match away to Libya on June 1, 2022. However, they managed to salvage a point against Tunisia last year.

Before the team left for Equatorial Guinea, coach Mpote urged his players to focus on keeping their hopes of making a return trip to the AFCON finals alive after an 11 year absence since the maiden appearance in 2012. He noted that they would not allow their opponents to score and would ensure that they would get a draw.

Despite the various changes that have occurred in the two countries’ football landscape, the two teams have only met once before. In 2010, the local boys defeated the Equatorial Guinea team in a friendly match, which ended in an emphatic win for the visitors. Since then, the two sides have realised different fortunes in FIFA rankings, with Equatorial Guinea ranked 51 places above the Zebras.

Meanwhile, in their last six games, Guinea has only managed to win one of them. They drew with Rwanda and Togo in September 2022 friendlies. They have found the back of the net just twice in their six games. On the other hand, the Zebras, won one match against Zambia and lost four on their way to finishing at the bottom of the group with four points. At the conclusion of their previous AFCON campaign, the local boys traveled to Zambia and secured a draw.


Despite the recent results of the Guinean team, which have only managed to draw with Rwanda and Togo in their last six matches, coach Mpote is still confident that his team will perform well against the hosts.

According to the head coach, the local boys have the necessary skills and resources to perform well against any country. He noted that the team’s coaches have been studying abroad to gain a deeper understanding of the various aspects of football.

“Tactically they should also be ready. We need your (Botswana fans) usual support, when we come back from Equatorial Guinea, we will go to Francistown, and we will need you. You are our 12th player, and you are very important to us.”


This week, the Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) Tuelo Serufho revealed that the Obed Itani Chilume Stadium will host the return leg of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between the local boys and Equatorial Guinea. The venue had initially failed an inspection test conducted by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). However, following the completion of the necessary works, the stadium was allowed to host the match.

According to BNSC Chief, Tuelo Serufho, the various requirements that the stadium must meet included having a designated parking area for the media and spectators, as well as having signage that will guide the spectators. He also noted that the venue now has a world-class media area.

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Jagdish Shah rejects Rollers society

27th March 2023

Township Rollers, one of the country’s most decorated football clubs with 15 premier league titles, is finding itself in a precarious situation as its long-term chief financier, Jagdish Shah, threatens to dump them if the society does not bow down to his demand of forfeiting their 20 percent interest in the company.

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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.

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