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BTV could lose CAF broadcast rights

State broadcaster, Botswana Television (BTV) may not beam Township Rollers Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League last 16 games following the appointment of former Botswana Premier League (BPL) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Bennet Mamelodi as an agent for  CAF’s official broadcast rights owner Lagardere Sports in Botswana.

Mamelodi who was unceremoniously relieved of his duties as the CEO of BPL by the Botswana Football Association (BFA) is expected to negotiate a better package for Township Rollers. Sources say, with his strong connections with one of Africa’s leading broadcasters, Supersport, he is on the verge of closing a lucrative deal with the Naspers’ owned television for Mapalastina.

The Jagdish Shah funded Township Rollers is clearly in the business of making money, and any better offer will bury Btv chances. Pundits are adamant that Mamelodi’s involvement automatically spells doom on the potential of BTV beaming the champions’ league games live. With negotiations still ongoing and the concerned parties careful not to let the lid out yet, the international broadcaster is expected to pump millions into Township Rollers whose brand continues to hypnotize the African continent.

Township Rollers is ranked among the top ten in African teams digital brand awareness. Moreover, the team managed to eliminate one of Africa’s feared giants, EL Meriekh and Young Africans in the continental club showpiece. Now the team will face the likes of Al Ahly and Esperance in the quest for African glory. All these factors have made Township Rollers a household name hence attractive to commercial broadcasters.

The deal, apart from Mamelodi being the kingpin, is also catalyzed by the business minded team president, Jagdish Shah. This in turn means BTV will have to buy feed from Supersport or any other company that could be roped in as broadcaster for the games. Reports suggest that Mamelodi has been spotted more than twice at Lekidi Centre in what sources say was the final touches (on the broadcasting matter) with the mother body.

It is understood that upon alerting the BFA of his new role as an agent, the association demanded further supporting documents from him. “He did tell us about that and we want to follow procedure hence we told him to bring supporting documents of which he did. For now we are only awaiting confirmation from CAF as to which station will broadcast the games,” said the BFA CEO Mfolo Mfolo.

However, while this would be seen as a move in the right direction for Township Rollers especially from a commercial perspective, multitudes of football lovers who don’t have access to pay TV could be left in the lurch at the most historic hour of local football. Township Rollers will next week Friday host Kampala City before preparing to face Egyptian side, Al Ahly in July. It is the first time a local team makes it to the last 16 of the CAF games.

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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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