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Power scuffles at FC Satmos

When the late Samuel Sono resuscitated the then defunct Copper Chiefs in 1996 and assembled a youthful side dubbed FC Satmos, the cheetahs was a united and promising force aiming to wrestle Nico United’s superiority in Phikwe. Twenty years later, the team finds itself in a position directly opposite to that of the founder’s motto of “youth development and professionalism”.

The Botshabelo based outfit is rocked by the same ugly football politics which were responsible for the relegation of Tafic in 2013, and are threatening to erode the mould of the once feared Satmos.

This publication has learnt that the power wrangling at Satmos side dates back to last season when the team was demoted to lower division. Currently, the team is under the leadership of Monnakgotla Mojaki as chairman, together with fellow members like Mooketsi “China” Mading (director) whom reports depict him as a stubborn leader. On the other hand another group led by former chairman, Abel Israel, wants to take over full control of the team and accuse Mading of being too lax for team Director. The side says he (Mading) is not putting any effort into the affairs of the team.

The contention from the disgruntled lot is that players that were recruited by Mading are nowhere to be seen and that former goal minder is not doing anything about it-this to them is a clear sign that Mading isn’t as good as he was perceived from the onset.

“So what we are saying is if he cannot help the team anyhow he should surrender everything and let us take control for the betterment of the team. For example, as a director he signs for grants we get from sponsors and we want him to hand over those responsibilities since he isn’t as involved anyway,” lamented Israel.

He indicated that the internal squabbles were some of the contributing factors which led to the team sinking last season as there was no cooperation to see how best to support the team.

To further demonstrate a team in disarray, last weekend, the team failed to honour their fixture against Maun Tigers. Reports indicate that the players are being used to settle scores, albeit at the expense of the team’s wellbeing and success.

“We organized a kombi for the game which would cater for 16 players while the remaining 18 were to be catered for, to our surprise the players refused to travel saying they don’t want to arrive there tired but this was the same kombi we mostly use for our trips, the players were later found at Mading’s house. We told the players to leave the administration tasks to us and focus on the field but, it appears they have become pawns in this whole thing,” Israel further alleged.

Mading was not available to comment on the issue as he was said to be in a meeting. Several other attempts were made to reach him but his phone rang unanswered.  

The team only started training together on Wednesday; hurdles that could make Coach Mogolodi “Stix” Chepete’s ambition of returning the team to the elite league a pie in the sky.

While they allege that Mading is not serious about the team, Israel however added that his group is open for dialogue to see how best they can help the team. He told this publication that he made several attempts to meet with Mading but he failed.

Satmos, along with Nico United’s ship could be headed for rockier waters as the BCL mine, which has been vital in their survival has just been placed under liquidation.

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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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