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Jomo to revive Notwane attack

Former national team midfield-cum striker, Moemedi ‘Jomo’ Moatlhaping is expected to agree and finalise a long anticipated move to his dream club Notwane Sporting Club, having been sweet-talked by the team’s influential minds into ignoring less intriguing offer from his former club Sharp Shooting Stars.

The former Gaborone United player had a running contract with Somerest Gobuiwang’s Sharps but he has been unable to ignore the pull of Notwane, the club at which he seeks to write his name into folklore and also re-unite with former coach, Pio Paul. Jomo will join Notwane for the remainder of the season and is expected to be offered a competitive contract should he impress.

He had a successful season with Sharps where he won the Debswana First Division South title championship under Paul’s tutelage. Sharps qualified for the top 8 competition with Jomo playing a pivotal role. As the current season progresses, Jomo is expected to be guided-once again- by Pio Paul to mount a serious challenge for this year’s silver ware.

Notwane have reshuffled their attacking options, losing darling striker Ishmael Amposah. Notwane’s technical team complained bitterly this season about the lack of productivity from the team’s attackers but they hope that the ever-consistent Thabiso Boti and Moatlhaping—aided perhaps by Sthembile Mbuque who remains on the books—can fire an upturn.

All the while, it is said Moatlhaping will not be an immediate first-choice selection but Pio Paul hopes that his personality and experience will serve to inspire the rest of the attacking options, most notably the young inexperienced players. Notwane have always sought to have leaders in their squad, players who have won big games and can bolster the collective belief. Their signing of Topo Piet this season was rooted, in part, by what he could bring away from the field.

Jomo will also of course join and sign to play, not to inspire, as he once declared he is about to quit Botswana football. The club says that there is no option built into the deal for him to join them after his deal lapses. Moatlhaping could have joined The Toronto Boys at the beginning of the season, but contractual obligations with Sharps tied him down. On one hand, Sharps refused to release his registration book because they felt Notwane was not honest on the deal.

However, Sharps are the biggest losers as Moatlhaping is about to enter Notwane camp. It is said the player has successfully terminated his deal with Sharps because his contract was not adhered to. To date, Sechaba has played five games and accumulated five points. The attacking front has only found the net 6 times.

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Mason Greenwood attempted rape charges dropped

2nd February 2023

Charges of attempted rape and assault have been dropped against Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood who was arrested in January 2022 after the allegations emerged.

The 21-year-old was arrested in January last year amid allegations surrounding images and videos that emerged online.

He was later charged with attempted rape, controlling and coercive behaviour and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The Crown Prosecution Service said the charges were discontinued after a key witness withdrew their involvement.

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Raphael Varane announces retirement from international football after 10 years of service.

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Finally, sponsors jerk BFA

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With many being of the view that the state of football in Botswana has deteriorated significantly as it is no longer appealing to the business community, this was a good week for the football community. The Botswana Football Association (BFA) leadership under the stewardship of MacLean Letshwiti secured sponsorship for a combined value of P19. 3 million for the FA Cup competition and the First Division league – both South and North.

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