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Rollers goalkeepers face contrasting fortunes


Two of Botswana’s number 1 goal keepers stare at different prospects as the football season begins to bolt away from COVID -19 chains.

National team goalkeeper, also plying his trade at Township Rollers, Kabelo Dambe is set to join Chippa United on a 2 year contract. The deal is at a stage where personal terms are being discussed.

However, his country mate and former Rollers stopper Mwampole Masule is made to wait a little bit longer before he starts his professional career at Wits. The reason behind the seemingly endless wait is because it is said that the club is up for sale, this means that Masule will have to keep his fingers crossed that the new investor offers him a contract.

Wits, under the administration of Bidvest, are said to have identified the former national team shot stopper as a perfect replacement for Richard Gosso, who gave Orlando Pirates sleepless nights discussing his signature.

Masule who is 28 years, is club-less since parting ways with Orapa United early this year in January. But the keeper has been training with a second division side in South Africa; Baberwa FC who are said to have helped him keep fit.

According to his South African agent, Frans Molopela of Mpedi of Motime Sports Agency, the possibility of the team being sold have now delayed contract negotiations. Molopela is also representing Dambe.

“With Masule, after he left Orapa United I advised him to come to South Africa because in Botswana there was bad publicity surrounding his name, so we had to consider him moving and as you know, he is one of the most talented goalkeepers in Botswana.

At that time we had offers from Highlands Park and Celtic, his fitness was at an all-time low. We then took him to Baberwa where he had a professional goalkeeper who has done a tremendous job on the boy. It is why we are now working on the Wits deal and hope everything goes smooth,” explained Mpedi.

Masule just like Dambe had a brief stint in South Africa with Chippa United, who he joined on the last day of the transfer season in 2018. Chippa United had lost their goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi to Kaizer Chiefs before the start of the 2018/2019 season.

Unfortunately, he was released at the end at of the season and upon return he joined Orapa United where he was expected to command a starting place. But it was never to be as his contract was terminated earlier than expected due to indiscipline.

Kabelo Dambe on the other hand is on his way to joining his third South African team after playing for  Platinum Stars and Bloemfontein Celtic on two separate occasions. He is expected to pen a two year contract with Chippa United that will keep him until 2022. He is to replace Patrick Tignyemb who was his superior at Celtic.

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FIFA gives Chiefs a lifeline

27th July 2020
Mochudi Centre Chiefs

The world football governing body, FIFA, has given beleaguered Mochudi Centre Chiefs extension of days to peruse and finalise their paper trail in payment of former head coaches, Bongani Mafu and Philane Mabhena.

The once swashbuckling Kgatleng giant was ordered to pay both coaches or face transfer ban. The club was given the 5th of August as deadline to have paid their outstanding dues but after thorough consultations, FIFA agreed to extend to the deadline until mid-September to allow the club to sort itself out.

Magosi was dragged before FIFA sporting laws first by Mafu who claims that he is owed P 450 000. While still scratching their head over Mafu’s issue, Mabhena also dropped another bombshell. He claims that the club is yet to pay him P 121 000 as damages for his contract which was terminated.

FIFA agrees with both coaches that Magosi breached employment contracts without a prima facie contractual basis. Mafu was appointed the club head coach in 2016 but was expelled in 2018, to join Orapa United. Following his departure, Mabhena was roped in to supplant Mafu. However, Mabhena’s stay was short lived. He stayed for one year and left in January of 2019.

Mabhena claims that Chiefs, before his contract was terminated, never paid his signing on fee of P 15 000 as settlement fee. He also argues that he had gone a couple of months without receiving his wages. According to the terms of the contract, he was supposed to be paid P 15000 every month.

Chiefs has also acknowledged the outstanding salary arrears of former coaches that have ballooned to P 56 100. FIFA accuses the club for negligence and refusal to honour contractual obligations and this has brought far reaching consequences.

Should Chiefs fail to honour their promises, they are likely to be banned from signing coaches and players. They are also likely to forfeit points when the football season begins until full payment is completed.

The debts come at a time when the club desperately seeks the return of the Premier League. They were rumoured to be eyeing to buy one Premier League status to compete for grandest prizes like before.

Chiefs were relegated because of poor administration at board level. The team tried many times to professionalize but each attempt was beaten by the club’s society who appeared to stall processes.

Mochudi Centre Chiefs sporting club was first registered in July of 1974. The club was registered as a society under the Societies Act of Botswana as a football team. It is noted that the club participated in the upper league of BFA under the terms prescribed in the constitution of the association together with the confinement of the Societies Act.

Information shows that there had been numerous attempts overtime to transform the club with a view to make it more commercially sustainable and to uplift its football performances. However, such attempts threw the club into some disgruntlements, sabotage and sporadic achievements coupled with factionalism.

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Sebego, Malesu pin hopes on Appeals Board

27th July 2020

Former Botswana Football Association President Tebogo Sebego and Ookeditse Malesu have both seen their intentions to contest for BFA presidency suffer a major blow after they were vetted out by the Elections Committee chaired by Moemedi Letina.

After being asked to submit affidavits by the Elections Committee, the two were the only candidates who did not pass the integrity check. This leaves the incumbent MacLean Letshwiti unopposed at the elective general assembly to be held on August 8th, at a venue to be announced.

Sebego is said to have failed the test after the committee realised he had some criminal cases and after also having submitted a letter clearing his name from Botswana Law Society at the eleventh hour.

When contacted for comment, Sebego said he has been aware of plans to destabilize his campaigns and he wasn’t surprised to hear he has been vetted out. ‘‘I first saw the rumours that I have been vetted out and I wrote to the elections committee inquiring only to be told it’s not true and later I was told I have been vetted out. I have already met with my team and we will be appealing,” said Sebego.

On the other hand, former Chief Executive Officer, Ookeditse Malesu cried foul that he has been vetted for something that he was not aware of because investigations by DCEC are not public.
Ookeditse Malesu
“I have received their letter stating that I have been vetted out because I didn’t disclose that I am being investigated by DCEC. So does DCEC tell you when conducting their investigations? I don’t know, but I haven’t been aware I am being investigated by them and we will go the legal route and seek justice,” said Malesu.

However, a source from Letshwiti`s camp dismissed claims that their team is behind the vetting of other candidates. “We are aware that the two men pose a serious challenge to de-throne Letshwiti and we have been busy campaigning and remember Letshwiti has his own personal interests but he has declared them so they can’t blame him or claim any foul play from us.

We want to win fairly so let’s wait and see how their appeals will go,” said the source. The Appeals Committee chaired by Professor Othogile is expected to deal with the matter on Wednesday next week.

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Scouts appoint new chief scout

27th July 2020
Lt. Ezekiel Zack Malenya

Botswana Scouts Board has appointed Lt. Ezekiel Zack Malenya their new Chief Scout, following the demise of Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police  Mr.Samuel Sam Keitireng.

Lt. Ezekiel is a world renowned leader Trainer of Scout having Crawled through the Scout Ranks beginning as a humble Cub Scout to the Chief Scout.  Currently Lt. Malenya is the Executive Chairperson-Scouts in SADC region, Chairperson-Africa Region Resource Mobilisation Committee and Ambassador-World Scout Foundation.

Some of his roles include, briefing the patron(H.E the president) on development in the movement both locally and internationally, Forge partnerships with stakeholders, sign warrants for commissioners etc

Lt. Ezekiel has been instrumental in Training and Development of young people in Schools and local Communities in Botswana through Programs like Discipline Boot Camps & Study Boot Camps (Bana ba Metsi School & Matsha college respectively),RAYS- Reaching Adolescent &Youth through Scouting, STEM-Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics not forgetting distribution of Solar Study lights computers and books around the country.

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