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Bright next on Chiefs’ radar

Nomadic David Bright is set for talks with troubled Mochudi Center Chiefs about becoming the team‘s next head coach-succeeding Mike Sithole once the 2016-17 season commences, WeekendSport has learnt.

The Kgatleng outfit‘s eagerness to bring Bright on the scene next season  would not be deflected even if the club is divided on the way forward, with talks said to be  ongoing between Bright and the club's hierarchy.

Despite the club's very  secret courting of  the former under 23 coach in the aftermath of the fall of low lying yet talented foreign coach Mike Sithole, there was the possibility that Stanley Tshosane, former national team coach could compete for  the post. However, word from the team’s inner sources indicates that Bright has already penned a two year deal.

Chiefs, too, continue to secretly sound out candidates. Yet Bright is understood to be confident he will return to the local technical dug out after spending a trophy-barren if not turbulent spell with several South African based clubs.

The possibility that Center Chiefs, currently third in the Premier League under the stewardship of Sithole, may not mount a serious challenge for this years’ league honors and have failed-again- on the top 8 tournament, have been mooted as advanced reasons for sweet-talking Bright into the camp.

While the courting of Bright will have serious implications for the club's attempts to balance the books where finances are sometimes an issue, sources close to the negotiations have suggested Bright would actually not be discouraged from coming even if the Kgatleng outfit finished the season with an empty cabinet. In fact, he could consider it an even greater challenge, sources revealed.

When asked about his flirting with Chiefs, the outspoken Bright laughed and rhetorically asked, ‘‘Where did you get that?’’.  ‘‘I am in my farm in Pilikwe. No-one has shown interest in me,’’ he said. When asked if he is ready for any offer from local clubs, the former Gaborone United tactician said, ‘‘I am ready to coach again. I want a team that is serious, a team that will not fail to pay me and a team that will challenge for championships.’’

This, sources have said was perhaps him Bright concealing the fact that he has already been given the green light to start over hauling the team’s ageing squad. He is believed to be eyeing GU’s fallen winger, Kgololo Kgogobi and former Township Rollers and Namibian international deadly striker, Jerome Louis.

However, there are a few factors the team management is assessing. Principal among the concerns is the amount of power he would be permitted to wield at the Kgatleng side, reports suggest.

His often times way-ward behavior is also a critical issue, but his boldness and ability to stamp his foot on the ground is one reason Chiefs are not retreating on him.

While Chiefs will only publicly address the coach situation once the 2015-16 season is complete, discussions have been taking place for some time behind the scenes and the club has sounded out potential replacements for Sithole who will be the fourth coach to be sacked by the club in 5 seasons.

When reached for comment, the team‘s media liaison Clifford Mogomotsi, characteristically of him, dismissed any talks linking Bright with the club.  ‘‘ There is nothing the club can say as of now, we still have Sithole who is expected to finish the season before reviewing his performance, we will talk once that is done,’’ he said.

Bright was sacked by Thanda Royal Zulu back in February after failing to turn the team fortunes around. He also had a stint with Black Leopards and could not finish the league with them after irreconcilable differences with the management saw him being booted out.

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Botswana ranked 4th in Zone 4 boxing tourney

4th May 2022
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The Botswana national boxing team recently returned from the zone 4 championship held in Mozambique. The team was led by head coach Thebe Setlalekgosi, two assistant coaches, Gibson Rauwe and Pearl Mooketsi. Two referees and judges, Gaseitsewe Ponatshego and Linda Mooketsi.

In the women’s category, Lethabo Modukanele was representing Botswana in the 48 kg division, while Phekie Bele and Sadie Kenosi were competing in the 57 kg and 60 kg categories, respectively. In the men’s category, Kobamelo Molatlhegi was representing the country in the 52 kg division, while Rajab Mahomed was competing in the under 51 kg category.George Molwantwa was competing for under 57 kg category and Treasure Moremi was competing for under 60kg category.

The boxers came home with seven medals, Modukanele came home with a gold medal, Kenosi, Rajab, Molatlhegi all came home with silver medals. While Moremi, Molwantwa and Phekie Bele all came home with bronze medals.

According to Moitshepi Nkabiti, the public relations officer of the Botswana Boxing Association, the team performed well and that they were hoping that Rajab would also bring home a gold medal. However, due to an eye injury, he could not participate in the finals.

He stated that, “though some people might think that how our team performed is not an achievement it is a big achievement to us. Other countries came with 19 boxers while we only came with our seven boxers, and they all came back with medals. That is something that we have to be proud of I really commend them for their performance. Having 5 players making it to the finals is really a blessing and we should not take it for granted.”

According to Nkabiti, Botswana was ranked fourth in the zone 4 championship, which was held in Mozambique. Other countries that participated in the tournament included South Africa, Zambia, Eswatini, and Seychelles. They all had a total of 19 boxers. Lesotho also had eight boxers.

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Mascom Charity Cup raised P500K

4th May 2022
Mascom Charity Cup

The first Mascom Charity Cup spectacular has come and gone. The football event played at Obed Itani Chilume Stadium saw four football clubs playing one-day tourney with various charity centres being beneficiaries of the gate takings.

While the attendance was not at the expected level, it is said that the sponsor has made a killing with close to P500 000 made from voting lines. Football followers were asked to vote for teams of their choice, and top four clubs were eligible to play. A single sms voting line cost P 1.50.

Gaborone United became the most voted team with 62 984 votes followed by Security Systems with 51 027. On the third spot was BDF XI with 48 596 votes while Orapa United came forth with 44 401. Shockingly, Township Rollers did not make it after gathering a total of 30 637 votes, with BR Highlanders ahead of them having seen 44 204 votes to their name.

It is said, however that, the initiative live to expectation as clubs together with the sponsor have managed to assist charities of their choices. Mascom is believed to be happy for identifying beneficiaries and getting value for their money.

The mobile network company is still the longest standing partners of local football, having first tasted waters in 2005. The company now powers the Top 8 competition and said to have renewed the dame sponsorship at a value not exceeding 18 million. The Mascom Charity Cup was not the first to be hosted by a mobile network company.

In 2018, Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) hosted a similar event in which followers had to vote. The four participating teams were Mochudi Center Chiefs, Gaborone United, Orapa United and Township Rollers. GU were the eventual winners.

It is however not clear if the tournament will continue in the next football calendar, but what goes down into the history books is that Teenage Mpote and Orapa United were the first to win it.
In previous years, there have been an off season tournament whose aim was meant for charity purposes. The tourney was called Kabelano Charity Cup and was usually played by four big teams (Rollers, Notwane, GU and Chiefs) without taking the voting routes. It was last hosted in 2015 and had Barclays as the sponsors.

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Golden boot race intensifies

4th May 2022
Sesinyi vs Kgamanyane

Yet another thrilling showdown is expected between the country’s hottest strikers, Thabang Sesinyi of Jwaneng Galaxy and Thataoyaone Kgamanyane of Gaborone United, as the duo are eyeing for the 2021/2022 Golden boot.

With only four Botswana Premier League (BPL) games left, the race for the honours is rolling towards a thrilling climax, but for two individuals there is a race for an accolade of their own taking place that could easily go down to the final minutes of the season. Leading the pack with 19 goals is Jwaneng Galaxy talisman, Sesinyi who is one goal apart from Kgamanyane who has netted 18 goals thus far.

Both players have their eye on the golden boot, hoping that their respective teams have fixtures to put them in with a realistic chance of catching up, or leaving the other behind. The Money Machine is currently at the summit of the BPL log with 61 points while the mining giant, Galaxy are trailing on the third place with 49 points, having played 24 games thus far.

Both teams (GU and Galaxy) are expected to face each other towards the end of the season, as the initial fixture was postponed due to Galaxy’s involvement in CAF championship group stages.
With 19 goals chalked up for the season so far, Sesinyi is just one goal away from Kgamanyane who led the race for the better part of the campaign.  Sesinyi who is on freakish scoring form has scored four goals in his last two games; a hat trick against Prisons XI and a goal against Sua Flamingoes in the midweek fixture.

But there is no doubt that  Sesinyi is no longer playing to carry his team, Galaxy, as realistically there is a slim chance for them to clinch the 2021/2022 season, but he is eyeing the Golden Boot Award when the league falls off.

Kgamanyane has begun the season in tremendous form; scoring every time he is given a chance, while Sesinyi, on the other hand, reached the peak of his form in the second round of the season; scoring both in the domestic league and also on the CAF Champions’ league group stage. He featured on team of the week on February.

Furthermore, the Money Machine attacker showed some growth as his conversion rate has been on a rising graph in the games he has so far played. Although Kgamanyane’s goal scoring prowess has been there for everyone to see, the player has been hampered by injuries. It promises to be a fascinating battle between the duo.

Meanwhile, BPL this week announced that they will hold the 2021/2022 awards. The league has since added seven new categories to take the total number of categories to 16. Among some new categories are the Defender of the Season and Midfielder of the Season awards. There are also two more awards for the administrators, as the league has included Team Manager of the Season and the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Season awards.

The best performing players in this campaign will be included in the Premier League Best XI.  Nevertheless, match day officials have also been recognised with the introduction of two more categories in the young Referee of the Season and the Female Referee of the Season. Furthermore, BFL CEO Solomon Ramochotlhwane indicated that the awards will be held on the 25 June 2022, just after the 2021-2022 season comes to an end.

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