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Six coaches eye Rollers job

Nare have applied

Township Rollers management is preparing to start negotiations that will usher in their coach for next season following Madinda Ndlovu’s resignation at the death of the just ended season.


WeekendSport is reliably informed that five coaches with sound knowledge on Botswana football have so far applied for the plum post, surprisingly Ndlovu is rumoured as the sixth applicant.


According to inside sources, the club is in search of a coach who could easily coax a winning formula for the team and immediately contest for honours in this coming season.


This publication has learnt that former Gaborone United mentor, Major David Bright has submitted his resume for consideration for the post.


Outspoken Daniel “Chico” Nare is also said to be in the race. The former Letlapeng and BMC coach has been in the shadows for a while and is keen to make a comeback at MaPalestine.
Sikalame ‘Six’ Keatlholetswe also makes the list and adds necessary competition especially to other local bred coaches.


Zambian International, Wesly Mondo is also reported to be trying his luck, for the second time with Popa. He has had a stint with the club before jumping ship to arch rivals Mochudi Centre Chiefs.


Another foreign gaffer, Philane Mabena, whose credentials are a bit of a closed book is said to be also vying for the post.


“The sixth application is from Madinda Ndlovu, believe it or not,” the source said.


However, Welsey Mondo who is also admired by Centre Chiefs after long hankering for a Premier League job, could well be persuaded to divert south.  


He is known for his “total” attacking football, and often ingenious tactical systems. Famously demanding of his players, and never brutally caustic with the media and undeniably humble, Mondo can also be a slow starter allowing for time to adjust to his modus operandi. He employs relentless training-ground drills – but usually ends up a winner. His admirers label him a "systems-manager" who believes the coach is king and his tactics the key.


However, some fear the coach’s often less than subtle man-management may be too blunt for sensitive Botswana footballers. But without doubt, the CV of the man who, before joining NICO United, kept away from the football field, deserves respect.


Meanwhile observers say Daniel Nare ticks an awful lot of boxes in the Rollers manual, yet the question remains whether he really wants the job? With no premier league title to his name, Nare is good at playing high pressing; fearless, entertaining football and would appeal to The Blues hierarchy. He also possesses the emotional intelligence and, importantly, humour necessary to connect with todays’ rich young footballers.
Chico who once compared his managerial style to "heavy metal music" is something of a renaissance man, observers say. He is seen as a complex character blessed with sufficient "personality" that mirrors that of Pitso Mosimane.


While it is beyond Rollers' wildest hopes that David Bright could bring some frustrated foreign players with him from Cape Town F.C, he might be a very good fit at Rollers, reports reveal. Not only is the former Mogoditshane Fighters and Gaborone United coach well versed in the Premier League, he practises the sort of sophisticated attacking football Rollers crave. Having last won the Mascom Top 8 tournament with GU, he is currently back on the market and has unfinished business with local football.


Most people feel Nicholas Zakhem of GU parted company with him far too soon and he would doubtlessly delight in reminding the Money Machine of his ability at Rollers. This week, he was quoted as saying, "I am back home and ready to listen to offers here. I also want to help my wife do certain things at our farm.”


Meanwhile Rollers is cagey about candidates available for the post.

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Rakgare addresses BFA presidential candidates

21st September 2020
Minister Tumiso Rakgare

Amid the confusion surrounding the date of the Botswana Football Association (BFA) elections, the Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development, Tumiso Rakgare, met with three presidential candidates on Thursday morning to discuss a plethora of problems bedevilling the domestic game.

The candidates are Maclean Letshwiti, the current President, Tebogo Sebego, the firm challenger of the BFA throne, together with Ookeditse Malesu who enters the race for the first time in his sporting career. There were other two unnamed officials who are said to be representatives from the sport ministry.

The Sport minister is said to have adopted a hard-nosed approach to register his disappointment and worry that the uncertainty of the upcoming elections have injured the administration of the local game.

Highly placed sources at the Sport ministry say that the minister’s ‘no gloves barred’ approach comes at the behest of the BFA’s constant negative headlines regarding their leadership style as of going into the elections.

It is said that Rakgare was also worried that the current administration is keeping the other two camps in the dark regarding the planning and processes bordering on election issues. This, he said has led to unnecessary speculations and back biting that is not needed to lift the game at a time when it is on its knees.

He was to rattle a few feathers at one incident when he called all the three leaders of the game to put their houses in order. As if that was not enough, the minister called on the three lobby groups to desist from serving personal interests but put focus on developing the game.

Interestingly, sources point out that the minister was livid but urged both Letshwiti and Sebego groups to refrain from tarnishing the good image of the ministry. This, he said in response to wide ranging allegations that he is taking sides as campaigns are ongoing.

The Sebego group accuses him of de campaigning Sebego and having a soft spot for Team Letshwiti while the same Letshwiti group is saying the same thing about the minister as having taking curious interest in Sebego camp.

The minister is alleged to have told the leaders that if they do not change their leadership style of protecting those looting public funds, his ministry would intervene even if it means attracting the wrath of FIFA, which is known for its notorious sanctions when countries do not toe the line. He urges BFA to be accountable at all the times they will cut the annual subventions that goes to them, sources claim.

This is not for the first time that the BFA was lectured on good governance. At one incident in 2015, former Minster of Sport Thapelo Olopeng dressed down the then Tebogo Sebego leadership regarding good governance.

BFA was at the time closely monitored by the ministry. Instead of the usual transactions that normally go through BFA, national team players received their allowances straight from government in the form of cheques. To demonstrate that government has taken a firm stand against BFA, players’ allowances were no longer routed through the association.

Nobody from the said meeting will address this publication enquiry all indicating that the consultation is never meant for public consumption.

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Virtual meet for BFA elections

21st September 2020
Malesu

If everything goes according to plan, the Botswana Football Association (BFA) will hold its annual general assembly next month through a virtual conference.

There has been much uncertainty as to how and when the congress will be held seeing as how COVID-19 protocols remain stringent on gatherings.

Sources speaking with this publication say the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the association has agreed to hold the congress within COVID-19 zones, consequently dispelling all the lingering doubts surrounding the life and soul of the assembly.

As it stands, there are nine COVID -19 zones in Botswana. The association is therefore contemplating to rely within four zones where live streaming will take centre stage for the first time in the history of BFA elections.

The congress was first billed for August 8th but was postponed to August 22nd. However, the second date could not see the light of the day as the country recorded a second rise of coronavirus cases that promptly led to greater Gaborone going into yet another lockdown.
BFA President: Letshwiti
The association has been procrastinating over the virtual congress idea with the election agenda remaining a sticky issue. Many advices came flooding that the association is free to make any decision about the congress but should be very careful not to compromise the integrity of the vote.

Sources indicate to this paper that the association is likely to rely on four COVID-19 zones, namely Gaborone, Francistown, Jwaneng and Palapye. The need to plant the meeting on virtual technologies hinges on the fact that the COVID -19 health protocols do not permit people to cross zones to hold meetings.

Information gleaned from various sources is that the association is looking to rely on four zones primarily because of the limited number of personnel under the electoral board. There are five members consisting of this committee and by the look of things; the association will not be allowed to outsource more election overseers at the eleventh hour.  Sources argue that the whole cautious exercise is meant to avoid complaints that may arise after elections are held.

The virtual meeting comes after many failed attempts by the association to convince the Kereng Masupu led Task Force to give out a special dispensation.  On many occasions, the Task Force refused to allow for the assembly to go on saying “football is not a priority.”

The assembly is expected to be held next month but the exact date still remains a subject of speculation. In the end, Tebogo Sebego will stand again for the second time to unseat Maclean Letshwiti while Ookeditse Malesu is standing for the first time to try and wrestle for BFA power.

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Talks to merge BNOC, BNSC resurface

14th September 2020
BNOC,BNSC merge

The Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development, Tumiso Rakgare, is eager to lead crunch talks that will consequently see Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) and Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) becoming one authoritative sport entity.

The appointment of one Tuelo Serufho to the plum position of BNSC Chief Executive Officer two week ago has further catalysed the intention to merge the sports bodies to avoid the long standing complaints of duplication of roles by the two.

Serufho was replacing Falcom Sedimo whose contract was not renewed.Serufho, ironically is the longest serving CEO of BNOC and also a board member of BNSC.“One of our aims is to form a robust sport body to centralize and improve decision making processes and maybe the time to resuscitate BNSC/BNOC merger is now,” Rakgare briefly shared.

The impending move is highly meant to improve effective functioning, governance and performance of sports in the country both locally and globally.Should this see the light of day, Botswana would have done itself a favour and it would start sending a handful of athletes to international competitions.

The amalgamation of BNSC/BNOC talks have been in the pipelines but discussions were aborted two years ago without clear reasons. The creation of this all-encompassing sport institution is overdue according to the minister.

“It is in fact our mandate to make sure this happens, it is overdue and by next year we hope to have finalised our position paper,” Rakgare added.The creation of the looming body is borne out of lessons learnt from various sports governance models around the world.

In South Africa, the sports ministry facilitated discussions to merge National Olympic Committee of South Africa (NOCSA) and the South African Sports Commission. Their authoritative sports body is now called South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC).

With the South African model well in place, Botswana is urged to bench mark and create a sport body as a civic society-based organisation as required by the statutes of international sports bodies.The name of the local sport body is mooted and the minister refused to give a hint. But he is optimistic that the body will be the vanguard organization of sport in the country.

He emphasized that the sports organisation should be a purposeful guardian for governance and management of sports and be the required defining figure of the role of sports in Botswana’s communities.Talks to revamp and rebuild these sports bodies come at a time when BNSC is restructuring.

When Sedimo was still at the helm, he wanted to phase out some positions which he felt were unnecessary.BNSC receive close to 53 million Pula as grants from the government through the Ministry of Youth, Sports development and Culture empowerment while BNOC takes a figure a closer to that.

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