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South Africa beat Botswana in 2018 Women’s U17 WC qualifier


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Saturday Dec 02, 2017. 11:00


The South African U17 Women’s National Team (Bantwana) defeated Botswana 5-1 in the first leg first round of the 2018 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup qualifier played at the Lobatse Sports Complex on Friday, 1 December 2017.

With this being a new squad, South Africa head coach Simphiwe Dludlu gave debuts to 11 players, and they did not disappoint.

Goals from Karabo Dlamini, Thambolinye Mzoneli, Miche Minnies, Jessica Wade as well as an own goal from Tshegofatso Mosotho were enough to see South Africa take a healthy lead going into the second leg which will be played in two weeks time.

Bantwana started on a high grabbing the first goal in the first minute of play through Dlamini, before Mzoneli made it 2-0 in the 15th minute.

But a minute later the hosts pulled one back when Leungo Senwelo latched on to a defence splitting pass and pushed the ball past an advancing Kaydee Windvogel in the Bantwana goals.

Four minutes before the half time whistle, South Africa extended their lead through and own goal by Tshegofatso Mosotho – leaving the score at 3-1.

In the second stanza, Bantwana continued where they left off in the first half and increased their lead to 4-1 from a Miche Minnies goal in the 56th minute.

Five minutes later South Africa was awarded a free kick and Jessica Wade took it brilliantly to beat Atang Sedimonyane in the Botswana goals.

In the 73rd minute Bantwana captain Kaylin Jordaan was adjudged to have fouled her opponent and Botswana were awarded a penalty.

Esalenna Galekhutle stepped up to take it but Windvogel pulled off a beautiful save to keep the scored at 5-1 to Bantwana.

South Africa head coach Simphiwe Dludlu made two substitutions bringing Holweni for Mzoneli and Micaela Nunens for Wade.

Bantwana travel back to South Africa on Saturday, 2 December. The second leg will be played on Saturday, 16 December 2017 at the Dobsonville Stadium.



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Botswana FA expected Bondo to make World Cup referees list – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


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Thursday Nov 23, 2017. 18:30


Botswana Football Association (BFA) expected Joshua Bondo to be named amongst African match referees who will officiate at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia.

However, the Motswana referee, who took charge of several World Cup qualifification (CAF) matches, failed to make the cut.

BFA executive committee member responsible for referees, Eatametse Olopeng told Mmegi that it was disappointing that no local referee had been picked for the tournament.

“It is disappointing,” Olopeng, who had expected Bondo’s name to be on the list, said.

“But we have to keep working hard in order to develop more referees.

“We had expected that someone like Bondo would make the cut, looking at the fact that he handled all the qualifiers,” he added.

“It’s unfortunate, but we have to accept as we are not the ones responsible for selection.”

Zambian Janny Sikazwe, Algerian Mehdi Charef, Senegalese Malang Diedhiou, Gambian Bakary Gassama, Egyptian Ghead Grisha and Ethiopian Weyesa Bamlak are the six African referees who have been chosen by FIFA for next year’s tournament.



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Uganda’s Ivan Ntege linked with a move to South African giants Orlando Pirates – Botswana Premier League 2017/18


Ivan Ntege of Uganda gets away from Youssouf Kabore of Burkina Faso during the 2014 CAF African Nations Championships Group B football match between Uganda and Burkina Faso at Athlone Stadium, Cape Town on 12 January 2014

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Wednesday Nov 22, 2017. 14:30


Uganda and Township Rollers midfielder Ivan Ntege has attracted interest in the South African Premier Soccer League, with Orlando Pirates keeping tabs on him.

According to media reports in Botswana, Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic a former Cranes mentor, is known to be a fan of the Ugandan international.

With Rollers open to listening to offers, the Botswana Premier League outfit could part ways with Ntege and Tshepo Matete who is linked with a move to AmaZulu.

Speaking to the Sunday Standard newspaper in Botswana, Rollers spokesperson Bafana Pheto says they are yet to receive offers regarding their duo.

“We are open to offers regarding any of our players and encourage our players to work hard to gain recognition in big leagues,” Pheto told Sunday Standard.

“We will not stand in any way of players if offers come forth but at the moment we have not heard anything formal but aware of such rumours,”

Although Pheto declined to divulge the duo’s worth in the transfer market, he insists they would hold discussions at management level to decide on the value of players.



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Bright: Botswana will be ready for AFCON qualifier


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Friday Nov 17, 2017. 16:30


Botswana head coach Major David Bright believes that his side will be ready for their clash with Angola.

The two Southern Africa sides are scheduled to lock horns in the 2019 Afrca Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier in March 2018.

The Zebras of Botswana held Gabon’s Panthers to a goalless draw in an international friendly match in Franceville on Monday.

Bright, who was appointed last July, has explained that he is looking to build a team that can compete against top teams in the continent.

“It is not easy to come up with a winning team,” Bright told the media.

“We have to be patient and not try and take short cuts.

The former Gaborone United coach stated that he will keep changing players because of their physical conditioning as well as game plan.

“Games are not the same, so the plans will differ according to the games we play,” the experienced tactician added.

The Zebras lost 1-0 to Mauritania at home in their first Group I match last June. Angola suffered a 3-1 defeat to Burkina Faso away in another Group I game.

The group winner and runner-up will qualify for the 2019 AFCON finals.



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Edwin Moalosi: Botswana fans should be patient with Zebras – Botswana Premier League 2017/18


Edwin Moalosi of Township Rollers

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Thursday Nov 16, 2017. 09:30


Botswana international Edwin Moalosi has urged Batswana to continue supporting the Zebras.

The Township Rollers midfielder was speaking after Botswana’s clash with Gabon in an international friendly match on Tuesday.

The Zebras managed to hold the Panthers to a goalless draw in an encounter which was played at the Stade de Franceville in Gabon.

Moalosi stated that Botswana supporters need to be patient with Zebras head coach Major David Bright, who was appointed four months ago.

“My message to the Zebras fans is that they should continue supporting us,” he said.

“They should also give the coach a chance. That is the most important thing.”




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Watch Botswana train ahead of Gabon friendly


Kabelo Seakanyeng of Botswana challenged by Riyaad Norodien of South Africa during 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup match between Botswana and South Africa at Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg on 04 July 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Friday Nov 10, 2017. 17:00


Botswana’s senior national team are busy preparing for their upcoming match against Gabon.

The international friendly match scheduled to take place in the capital city of Gabon, Libreville next week Tuesday.

Nicknamed the Zebras, Botswana secured a 2-0 win over Ethiopia in a friendly match at home two months ago.

However, Namibia defeated the Zebras 3-1 in another friendly game which was played in Windhoek last month.

Before facing Botswana, Gabon will take on Mali in their final 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier which will be played on Saturday.

The Panthers of Gabon, who have already failed to qualify for the World Cup finals, will host Mali in Franceville.

The Botswana Football Association (BFA)’s official Facebook page posted a video of the Zebras players training ahead their clash with Gabon:




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BFA: Botswana won’t participate in U20 COSAFA Cup


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Thursday Nov 09, 2017. 15:00


The Botswana national under-20 side will not be participating in the 2017 U20 COSAFA Cup.

Zambia are set to host the youth tournament which is scheduled for Kitwe between December 6-16.

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) has made a decision to take a gap year from the regional competition.

The association released the following statement:

A statement read: “Botswana Football Association National Executive (NEC) has made a decision to take a gap year from the COSAFA Under 20 championships. NEC’s position is that the Under 20 is at a level where the direction of our football should be taking a shape.

“However, NEC’s evaluation shows that recent performances do not positively define our direction. The vision of the NEC is to have an Under 20 Team that competes more than participates. The Technical Department has been tasked with using development structures to groom a team that will compete with a long term goal in mind.

“The BFA’s Strategy demands that there should be a long term plan that will see a team that should be able to compete at the 2018 Africa Zone 5 games and in the same year compete in the 2018 COSAFA under 20 championships. We believe that this same team should compete to qualify for the African and World Under 20 Championships in 2019 and ultimately qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games.

“The decision to take a gap year will help create a pool of players and prepare our self to achieve the set milestones in line with our Strategy as well as that of the Botswana National Sports Commission of 2028.”



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Bright announces Botswana squad for Gabon friendly – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


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Friday Nov 03, 2017. 14:00


Botswana head coach Major David Bright has announced the Zebras squad for the upcoming match against Gabon.

The Zebras are scheduled to take on Gabon’s Panthers in an international friendly match in Libreville on the 14th of November 2017.

The squad which is dominated by players, who ply their trade in the BTC Premiership will report to camp on Sunday 05th November 2017.

Platinum Stars forward Thabang Sesinyi and Baroka FC midfielder Mpho Kgaswane are the two foreign-based players, who have been called up by Bright.

Gabon is ranked 92nd on the latest FIFA ranking, while the Zebras are ranked 147th in the world.

Township Rollers defender Simisani Mathumo is expected to captain Botswana against Gabon.

FULL SQUAD:

Goalkeepers

1. Kabelo Dambe, Township Rollers

2. Mwampule Masule, Township Rollers

3. Michael James, BDF XI

Defenders

4. Edwin Olerile, Township Rollers

5. Simisani Mathumo, Township Rollers

6. Tebogo Sosome, Galaxy

7. Mmoloki Kebalepile, Extension Gunners

8. KelapileTerata, BDF XI

9. Katlego Masole, Police XI

10. Tapiwa Gadibolaye, Police XI

11. Mosha Gaolaolwe, Township Rollers

Midfielders

12. Lesego Galenamotlhale, Mochudi Centre Chiefs

13. Maano Ditshupo, Township Rollers

14. Mpho Kgaswane, Baroka FC

15. Kobamelo Kebaikanye, Orapa United

16. Thatayaone Kgamanyane, Gaborone United

17. Thabang Sesinyi, Platinum Stars

18. Segolame Boy, Township Rollers

19. Keagile Kobe, BDF XI

20. Motsholetsi Sikele, Township Rollers

21. Edwin Moalosi, Township Rollers

22. Alphonso Modisaotsile, Gaborone United

Striker

23. Tebogo Sembowa, Galaxy

24. Jerome Ramatlhakwane, Township Rollers

25. Boipelo Oaitse, Gaborone United

26. Tumisang Orebonye, Gaborone United



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Botswana coach concerned by Ngele’s situation at Sundowns – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


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Thursday Nov 02, 2017. 11:30


Botswana head coach Major David Bright says he is concerned by Mogakolodi Ngele’s situation at South African giants Mamelodi Sundowns.

The Botswana international returned to the reigning African champions following a successful loan spell at Bidvest Wits where he scored six goals in 22 competitive games.

However, Ngele has since been demoted to play in the South African reserve league, Multichoice Diski Challenge (MDC) at Sundowns.

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) approached Sundowns about the player’s situation at the club, but Bright has revealed that the consultation has not yielded the expected results.

“Yes, we did engage them especially reserve coach Notoane (David) but in conclusion it was clear that he will stay with the reserve team until maybe next year,” Bright told

Weekendsport.

The Chloorkop-based giants are busy processing the former Township Rollers and Platinum Stars attacker’s South African citizenship.

“Yeah, they are working on localizing him and it’s not an overnight thing it will take time hence Tsotso will be stuck in that league,” he added.

“What is important nonetheless is the fact that he is keeping fit and we will continue to call him to the national team camps.”

Ngele has been linked with South African sides Stars, Orlando Pirates as well as SuperSport United ahead of the January, 2018 Transfer Window.



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Botswana captain explains why he voted for Cristiano Ronaldo


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Friday Oct 27, 2017. 13:30


New Botswana captain Simisani Mathumo has explained why he voted for Portugal and Real Madrid CF superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 32-year-old marksman was named 2017 Best FIFA Men’s Player at a FIFA ceremony which was held at the London Palladium in England on Monday.

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) released the following statement about Township Rollers defender Mathumo.

A statement read: “Senior national team captain Cristiano Ronaldo has replicated the highest level of professionalism and consistency for club and country in the past 12months, and that’s the reason why Mathumo gave him his vote.

“Mathumo also highlighted that Ronaldo’s form was important in securing him the vote as his contribution to Real Madrid and Portugal secured important titles. Mathumo says the fighting spirit that the Portugal skipper has is desirable and hopes the Zebras camp can adopt the same spirit to fight and defend the Zebras badge in the 2019 Africa cup of Nations campaign.

“Mathumo says the support from Real fans and Portugal fans was also key to making the Worlds best player for 2017 believe in his abilities and edged his country man to love the local game and the National teams to allow them to put performances for the Nation.”



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Botswana coaches association unhappy with Rollers coach – Botswana Premier League 2017/18


Township Rollers players celebrating a goal during the Mascom Top8 final at the Francistown stadium, Botswana on 23 April 2016. Monirul Bhuiyan/Backpagepix

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Thursday Oct 26, 2017. 12:00


Botswana Football Coaches Association (BFCA) are unhappy with Township Rollers coach Nikola Kavazovic’s recent remarks following incidents that occured during their 2-0 win over Sharps Shooting Stars.

The Serbian tactician, who was appointed Rollers coach prior to the current campaign, accused Sharps of playing ‘kick boxing’ and breaking players legs after the Botswana Premier League match which was played at the UB Stadium on Sunday.

The BFCA have since released the following statement:

“This is the position of BFCA regarding incidents that happened at the UB Stadium on Sunday 22 October in a game between Sharps Shooting Stars and Township Rollers is as follows.

“The role of BCFA is to bring unity amongst coaches, to play attractive football that will bring supporters to the stadium. It is upon this objective that we condemn any statement that that is seen to bring the coaching profession into disrepute and make people to belittle the profession.

“If any statement has been uttered by any coach practicing in Botswana, it is a very unfortunate statement which can tarnish the image of the coaching profession and is against the aim of the BCFA that reads,” to draw up development programmes for coaches according to the conditions and characteristics of our game of football by setting regulations and Improve compliance and working relations between the club and coaches.

“However we are carrying our own investigations which will determine the next step the BFCA will take. We will do everything to protect the game and ensure that everyone who goes to the stadium enjoys the beautiful game.”



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Botswana and co. set for 2017 U20 COSAFA Cup


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Tuesday Oct 24, 2017. 12:00


The 2017 Under-20 COSAFA Cup Championships are set to take place in Zambia in December.

Botswana will be among the Southern African countries which are expected to participate in the regional tournament.

Zambia will get a chance to defend their U20 COSAFA Cup trophy after defeating South Africa in last year’s final.

Botswana finished at the bottom of Group A after losing all of their games in a tournament which was hosted by South Africa.

COSAFA released the following statement of their official website ahead of the tournament:

“The 2017 COSAFA Under-20 Championships are set to light up Zambia from December 6-16 in what will be the latest instalment of the vital regional tournament that has been a breeding ground for so much Southern African talent down the years.

“The tournament will be staged in Kitwe as defending champions Zambia seek to retain the title they won in South Africa last year, the start of a magnificent run for the side that saw them also later crowned African champions and star at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in South Korea.

“They will likely have a new wave of talent for the coming tournament, as will most sides in the region as they look to build for future continental finals. In that regard, the COSAFA Under-20 Championship is vital and has played its part in its many guises down the years, a statement read.



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Kgengwenyane: BDF XI will challenge for the BPL title – Botswana Premier League 2017/18


BDF XI players celebrating a goal during the Mascom Top8 quarter final match between Gaborone United and BDF XI at the Molepolole sports complex in Botswana on 1 November 2015. Back page pix/Mnirul Bhuiyan

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Monday Oct 23, 2017. 10:00


Botswana Defence Force (BDF) XI coach Letang Kgengwenyane was pleased to see his team overcome a stubborn Sankoyo Bush Bucks side.

Matebele registered a 2-0 win over Sankoyo in a Botswana Premier League (BPL) match which was played at the Molepolole Sports Complex on Saturday.

Mgcini Sibanda and Keeagile Kobe netted for BDF, who secured their second league victory of the season.

BDF gaffer Kgengwenyane believes that his side will be among the teams challenging for this season’s BPL title.

“Defeating Sankoyo was not easy. They are a strong side,” Kgengwenyane said.

“This season is going to be very competitive and unpredictable.

“We are going to be in the mix.”

BDF and Sankoyo are now placed fifth and seventh on the BPL standings respectively with five matches played.



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Botswana FA invite Swiss soccer academy INEOS


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Friday Oct 20, 2017. 15:30


The INEOS academy has been invited to Botswana by Maclean Letshwiti, the president of the Botswana Football Association.

“INEOS academy is soccer academy that gives an opportunity for young soccer players in Africa to develop and allows the best players a chance to be based in Lausanne Switzerland to complete a further 2 years of academy training and education, with a chance at professional football.

“INEOS is planning an extension into Africa to assist the best players in the continent and their countries compete against the world and develop football. African soccer academies for 10-16 year old children, will assist players have a chance at studying and playing locally before an opportunity to play for the Lausanne based academy is presented to the top talent once they turn 17 years

“Representatives of this INEOS have visited Botswana in early March 2017 at the invitation of Botswana Football Association President Maclean C. Letshwiti to make an assessment of whether the country does need the establishment of an academy that they can work with, to have Botswana benefit from the African establishment.

“The Association wishes to share its excitement that INEOS will return to Botswana on the 24th October 2017 to 25 October 2017 for a second time after being impressed by the Associations desire to have a robust development system that will create more top class players . The representatives will make a final assessment on the ability of the Football Association to have an academy of their required standard,” a BFA statement read.



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Botswana slide towards worst ever ranking – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


BOTSWANA, Francistown, Joel Mogorosi of Botswana National team Zebras and Mawejje Tonny of Uganda vie for the ball during the AFCON 2017 qualifying match at the Francistown Stadium in Botswana on 4 June 2016. MONIRUL BHUIYAN/Backpagepix

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Thursday Oct 19, 2017. 11:00


The Botswana senior national team has slid further down the FIFA World rankings released on Monday.

Nicknamed the Zebras, Botswana are now ranked number 147, just 18 places away from the worst position reached in 1999.

The Zebras, who were previously ranked 146, played two friendly matches last month under the guidance of new head coach David Bright.

Bright’s side secured a 2-0 victory over Ethiopia in Gaborone, Botswana, before losing 3-1 to Namibia in Windhoek.

Maclean Letshwiti, the Botswana Football Association (BFA) president, told Mmegi Sports that he was not overly worried as he has the finger on the pulse.

“I am addressing the low performance by having a robust development programme, which can produce quality players for Zebras. There is no other cure,” Letshwiti said.

“There is no successful team without a robust development programme. When you know that you have arrived, you should see your players being exported to Africa, Europe and other parts. And we are far from that.

“Only an ignorant, naive person will say the Zebras are not performing. In any case, what have they achieved in the last 50 years? It has always been mediocre performance. Yes, I am worried but I am doing something about it.”



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Jelusic: I had opportunity to leave Botswana for SA club – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Sep 18, 2017. 12:00


Former Angola and Botswana head coach Veselin Jelusic has disclosed what he aims to achieve with South African club Bloemfontein Celtic.

The Serbian tactician opened up when speaking to KickOff.com about his experiences in the African continent and his relationship with his countryman Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojević.

KickOff: You spent a long time in Botswana and some time in Johannesburg before, so you must have good knowledge of the football scene in South Africa?

Jelusic: I was around South Africa a lot when I was working in Botswana but I left in 2010. The last two years I have been in Angola at InterClube. For the 2015 season I was the head coach and last year I served as technical director. I feel comfortable about my knowledge of South African football because of the experience I picked up when I was coach of teams in Angola and Botswana because we used to come to South Africa often. Sometimes it was for friendly games and training camps and sometimes for official games.

KO: You will be aware of the goal drought at Celtic last season. How are you going to fix it and what do you want to achieve with the club this season?

Of course, we would like to achieve better results than we did last season. I can see what the biggest problem is. More than anything, it is in the final third of the field close to the opponent’s goal and our scoring ability. So we are going to work hard on this department but it also depends on the quality and characteristics of the players we have. It also depends on our method of working, but we certainly need to work hard on this part of our game.

KO: Are you happy with the quality of the Celtic squad, or are you asking for some new players before the season kicks off?

I’m happy in general with the players I have here but of course there are positions we need to strengthen and we are looking for players.

KO: How did Celtic find you?

I was recommended to them. I was looking for some new options and had some other chances in other countries. But my good friend [Orlando Pirates coach Milutin] Sredojević encouraged me to take up the challenge at Celtic because he said this is a club of great potential. I had opportunities before to coach here but because I was contracted to Botswana I didn’t want let them down. I got a lot of support from people in Botswana and I stayed there until the end of my contract when I went back to my country because of family issues.

KO: What do you think of the Premier Soccer League?

It is a quality league and has seen a lot of improvement in recent years. So many facets of the South African game are well developed, like infrastructure, organisation, media support and so on. I’m sure it is just a matter of time before South Africa starts to achieve better results in international competition than they have done up to now.

KO: Has the club set you a target for the season?

At this moment I don’t have any pressure from the club, from anybody. Our general target is to improve as much as possible and with his approach I believe we can go far.



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Botswana star Ngele awaits documents from SA Home Affairs – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Mamelodi Sundowns


Mogakolodi Ngele of Bidvest Wits challenged by Bandile Shandu of Maritzburg United during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Maritzburg United and Bidvest Wits at Harry Gwala Stadium, Pietermaritzburg South Africa on 20 December 2016 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Tuesday Aug 15, 2017. 14:00


Mamelodi Sundowns have released a statement concerning some of their foreign players including Botswana international Mogakolodi Ngele.

The 26-year-old forward has returned to the South African Premier Soccer League (EPL) giants following a successful loan spell with Bidvest Wits.

The midfielder-cum-striker helped Wits clinch the 2016 MTN8 Cup and 2016/17 ABSA Premiership last season during his stint with the South African club.

Ngele and Zimbabwean international Cuthbert Malajila, who also spent last season on loan at Wits, are still waiting for their South African permanent residency papers.

Sundowns, who lost 1-0 to Maritzburg United in the 2017 MTN8 Cup quarter-final match in Pretoria, released a statement on their official website.

A club statement read: “Dennis Onyango is out sick, while Ricardo Nascimento is still recovering from a groin operation.

“Mogakolodi Ngele and Cuthbert Malajila are still waiting for their permanent residency papers.

“Ghanaian goalkeeper Razak Brimah is awaiting his ITC papers from Spain.”

Ngele has spent five years in South Africa plying his trade in the PSL. He joined Platinum Stars from Botswana giants Township Rollers in 2012.

He signed for Sundowns in 2014 after playing an important role as Stars won the 2013 MTN8 Cup and 2013 Telkom KnockOut Cup.



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BTC and Botswana FA yet to reach agreement


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Tuesday Aug 08, 2017. 20:00


Botswana Football Association (BFA) and Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) are yet to reach an agreement over a new deal.

The two organizations are busy evaluating Botswana Premier League (BPL)’s three-year deal with BTC which expired last month.

This has been confirmed by BTC’s public relations manager Golekanye Chaba Molapisi.

“The parties (BTC and BFA) have been in contact to evaluate the three-year sponsorship which ended last month,” Molapisi told Weekend Post.

“Stakeholders including media will be updated of any developments in due course.”

BTC began sponsoring Botswana’s top flight league in 2008. Since then only Gaborone United, Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Township Rollers have won the league title.

The telecommunications and internet service provider are believed to be open to signing a new three-year sponsorship deal with the BPL.

The 2017/18 BTC Premiership season is scheduled to kick off later this month.



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Talks between BTC and Botswana FA continue


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Tuesday Aug 08, 2017. 19:00


Botswana Football Association (BFA) and Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) are still locked in talks.

The two organizations are busy evaluating Botswana Premier League (BPL)’s three-year deal with BTC which expired last month.

This has been confirmed by BTC’s public relations manager Golekanye Chaba Molapisi.

“The parties (BTC and BFA) have been in contact to evaluate the three-year sponsorship which ended last month,” Molapisi told Weekend Post.

“Stakeholders including media will be updated of any developments in due course.”

BTC began sponsoring Botswana’s top flight league in 2008. Since then only Gaborone United, Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Township Rollers have won the league title.

The telecommunications and internet service provider are believed to be open to signing a new three-year sponsorship deal with the BPL.

The 2017/18 BTC Premiership season is scheduled to kick off later this month.



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BPL await go-ahead order from Botswana FA


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Monday Aug 07, 2017. 12:00


The Botswana Premier League (BPL) have stated that they are anticipating a great 2017/18 season.

The BPL have been in talks with league sponsors, Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) and Top 8 Cup sponsors, Mascom over extending their deals.

Recent reports have indicated that negotiations have gone well and the BPL will soon make an announcement regarding the new sponsorship agreements.

Rapula Okaile, the BPL chairman, has indicated that they are waiting for the Botswana Football Association (BFA) to give them the go-ahead order.

“We are just waiting for the BFA Assembly then our league season will kick-off,” Okaile told Botswana Football.

“I’m confident that we are going to have a better and competent season.

“All teams seem to be preparing very well and we expect fireworks.”

Township Rollers won last season’s BPL title, while Jwaneng Galaxy clinched the Mascom Top 8 Cup.



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Botswana Premier League in talks with sponsors


BDF XI supporter picking a name of a team during the Mascom Top8 semifinal match deciding draw in Gaborone on 12 January 2016. Township Rollers will face Mochudi Centre Chief and BDF XI will face Orapa United in the Mascom Top8 semifinal. MONIRUL BHUIYAN/Backpage pix

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Friday Jul 28, 2017. 19:00


The Botswana Premier League (BPL) remain hopeful that the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) will extend their sponsorship deal.

BPL’s chief executive officer Thabo Ntshinogang has revealed that they are working hard to conclude talks with BTC.

Ntshinogang also provided an update regarding the Top 8 Cup sponsors, Mascom, a mobile phone service provider operating in Botswana.

“Negotiations are still on and cannot reveal anything now. I can promise you that we will make it,” Ntshinogang said.

“Yes, it is true clubs are owed grants, but it is a difficult subject to discuss for now.

“We will update the media and the public soon about the league sponsor and Top 8 Cup.”

BTC, who are telecommunications and Internet service provider in Botswana, have been sponsoring BPL since 2008.

Township Rollers have clinched the last two BTC Premiership titles.



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SA look to continue dominance over Botswana


Lesego Galenamotlhale of Botswana challenged by Mohau Mokate of South Africa during 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup match between Botswana and South Africa at Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg on 04 July 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Jul 22, 2017. 11:00


South Africa will play host to Botswana in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 15h00 CAT.

The Southern Zone second-leg match will take place at the Moruleng Stadium in North West Province of South Africa.

Bafana Bafana recorded a 2-0 victory over Botswana in the first-leg clash at the Francistown Sports Complex in Francistown last weekend.

Ryan Moon opened the scoring for South Africa in the first-half, before Gift Motupa sealed the visitors’ victory in the second-half.

South Africa will be eager to complete a double over Botswana in front oftheir supporters in Moruleng.

The Zebras of Botswana have never qualified for the CHAN finals, while South Africa participated in the 2011 and 2014 finals.

The winner on aggregate between South Africa and Botswana will face off with either Swaziland and Zambia in the second round.

Zambia are leading 4-0 on aggregate after hammering Swaziland in the first-leg encounter in Lobamba last weekend.

Referee João Goma, who hails from Angola, will be in charge of the match between South Africa and Botswana.



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Wounded Rollers await Chiefs in Botswana


Maano Ditshupo of Township Rollers and Mogakolodi Balatotse of FC Satmos

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Jul 18, 2017. 14:00


Township Rollers captain Maano Ditshupo and his troops will be seeking revenge when they face South African outfit Kaizer Chiefs this Saturday.

Botswana giants Rollers are scheduled to host Chiefs in an international club friendly match at the Francistown Sports Complex in Francistown.

This is after Chiefs defeated Rollers 2-0 in the 2017 Bokone Bophirima Maize Cup semi-final match at the James Motlatsi Stadium in Orkney this past weekend.

Maano, who is a central midfielder by trade, stated that they need to learn from their encounter with the Soweto giants.

“We started slow (against Chiefs), but as the game continued we managed to get forward,” Ditshupo said.

“We should have worked on converting the half chances we had when we went forward, but it was not to be.

“We will learn from this and hopefully come back stronger against Chiefs next week.”

In their maiden appearance in the pre-season tournament, Chiefs won the Maize Cup trophy after beating Free State Stars 1-0 in the final on Saturday.



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Botswana out to grab first leg advantage


Thabo Cele of South Africa challenged by Tumisang Orebonye of Botswana during 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup match between Botswana and South Africa at Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg on 04 July 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Jul 14, 2017. 13:30


Botswana will take on South Africa in the 2018 African Nations Championship qualifier Southern Zone first-leg match at the Francistown on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 15h30 CAT.

The Zebras have never qualified for the CHAN finals and the Southern African side will be keen to make history by booking their place in the 2018 finals.

Botswana participated in the recent 2017 COSAFA Cup in South Africa were they lost to Zambia and South Africa.

Newly appointed Zebras head coach David Bright will be looking to mastermind a home victory over South Africa.

Meanwhile, South Africa have participated in two CHAN finals (in 2011 and 2014). Their best finish was when they were knocked out of the quarterfinals in 2011.

Bafana Bafana hosted the recent 2017 COSAFA Cup and they finished fifth after beating Namibia in the plate final.

Stuart Baxter, the Bafana coach, will hoping to mastermind another victory over the Zebras in Botswana ahead of the second-leg clash.

The winner on aggregate between Botswana and South Africa will take on either Swaziland or Zambia in the final round of the qualifying campaign.

Refreee Willengton Kaoma, who hails from Zambia, will be in charge of the encounter between Botswana and South Africa in Francistown.



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Botswana FA unveil new Zebras coach Bright – 2018 CHAN Qualifiers


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Jul 11, 2017. 17:00


New Botswana head coach Major David Bright has called up two Township Rollers players Segolane Boy and Edwin Olerile.

The veteran tactician was unveiled as the new Zebras head coach at a press conference which took place in Gaborone, Botswana on Monday.

Botswana will take on South Africa in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier first-leg clash in Francistown, Botswana on Saturday.

The match is scheduled to take place at the Francistown Sports Complex and Bright has decided to beef up the Zebras squad.

“We had requested the presence of Segolame Boy, Thabang Mosige, Tebogo Sembowa (however sustained an Injury yesterday) and Edwin Olerile,” Bright told the media.

Boy, an attacking midfielder by trade, and Olerile, a defender-cum-midfielder, could miss the 2017 Bokone Bophirima Maize Cup which will take place on Saturday.

Rollers will face South African giants Kaizer Chiefs in the Maize Cup semi-finals, and the winner will face Free State Stars or Platinum Stars in the final.

All matches will take place at the James Motlatsi Stadium in Orkney, South Africa on Saturday, 15 July 2017.



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Botswana side Township Rollers to host Kaizer Chiefs – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Gift Sithole of Platinum Stars clears the ball from Gustavo Paez of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 game between Platinum Stars and Kaizer Chiefs at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on 17 May 2017 © Anton de Villiers/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Jul 06, 2017. 13:00


Kaizer Chiefs are set to play Township Rollers in an international club friendly match.

The encounter is scheduled to take place at the Francistown Sports Complex in Botswana’s second city, Francistown on 22 July 2017.

Amakhosi will travel to Botswana for the first time since 2015. Chiefs beat Rollers 1-0 in the 2015 CAF Champions League preliminary round second-leg match in Gaborone.

Prior to that the two glamorous clubs will meet in the 2017 Bokone Bophirima Maize Cup semi-final match in Orkney, South Africa on Saturday, 15 July.

Rollers made the announcement through their official Facebook page on Wednesday:

“BREAKING NEWS – SAVE THE DATE !!

We shall host Kaizer Chiefs FC on 22nd July 2017 for a club friendly fixture at the Francistown Sports Complex,” a statement read.

The winner between Rollers and Chiefs will meet Platinum Stars or Free State Stars in this year’s Maize Cup final.

All matches are scheduled to take place at the James Motlatsi Stadium in Orkney.



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Botswana FA to announce new coach after CHAN qualifiers – 2018 CHAN Qualifiers


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Jun 26, 2017. 17:00


The Botswana Football Association (BFA) have stated that they will announce the new Zebras head coach after the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers.

Oris Boyo Radipotsane was appointed caretaker coach after English mentor Peter Butler left the Botswana coaching job earlier this month.

The Zebras are scheduled to face Zambia in the 2017 COSAFA Cup quarter-final clash in Rusteburg, South Africa on Saturday.

BFA public relations officer Tumi Mpatane says Radipotsane will also be in charge of the team during the CHAN qualifiers.

“Oris has a chance to prove himself,” Mpatane told Mmegi.

“He has been around for a long time. He is taking the team to COSAFA, he will have to use the chance.

“We will, however, name the new gaffer after the CHAN games and whoever is interested would forward their CVs after then.”

Botswana will face South Africa in the CHAN qualifier next month.



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Botswana FA yet to approach Bright, says Mpatane


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Jun 23, 2017. 14:00


Morupule Wanderers head coach Major David Bright has responded to the reported interest from Botswana Football Association (BFA).

It is believed that the veteran coach has been approached by BFA regarding the Botswana senior national team coaching job after Peter Butler’s departure.

However, former Botswana Under-23 coach Bright has stated that he’s only focused on helping Wanderers prepare for the 2017/18 campaign.

“I don’t know anything about that offer. I am in Palapye where I am helping Morupule and I am focused on that,” Bright said on Mmegi.

When contacted by the same publication, BFA public relations officer, Tumo Mpatane dismissed the reports.

“No. It’s only fair that we give Boyo (Oris Radipotsane) space to focus on the COSAFA Cup,” he said.

“We don’t want to disturb his judgement and mind with the recruitment process.

“The association is interested in the best

man possible who can take us forward and the recruitment process will start at the necessary time.”

Radipotsane, who was Butler’s assistant, will be in charge of the Zebras at the 2017 COSAFA Cup in North West, South Africa next month.



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Radipotsane names final Botswana squad for COSAFA Cup


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Jun 22, 2017. 17:00


The Botswana Football Association (BFA) have made a change in the Zebras technical team ahead of the upcoming 2017 COSAFA Cup in North West, South Africa.

The Zebras, who are now under the guidance of Oris Boyo Radipoditsane, reached last year’s final where they lost to South Africa in Namibia.

The BFA have revealed that legendary Botswana goalkeeper Modiri Marumo has joined the Zebras technical team as the goalkeeper coach.

Botswana are scheduled to face Zambia in a quarter-final clash at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on 1st of July 2017.

Zebras squad:

Mwampule MASULE

Moreetsi MOSIMANYANA

Micheal JAMES Mosha

GAOLAOLWE Simisani MATHUMO

Kabelo SEAKANYENG

Kebonyemodisa T. LEINANYANE

Bogosi KAEKWE

Lebogang DITSELE

Richard LEGWAILA

Thato KEBUE

Thero SETSILE

Tapiwa GADIBOLAE

Onkabetse SEFORO

Thabang SESINYI

Ofentse NATO

Tumisang OREBONYE

Thatayaone KGAMANYANE

Lesego GALENAMOTLHALE

Omaatla KEBATHO

Lemponye TSHIRELETSO

Hendrick MOYO

Lemogang MASWENA

Anthony GOUWS

Mpho KGASWANE



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Zebras coach Radipotsane reinforces Botswana squad – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Jun 20, 2017. 17:00


Two Township Rollers defenders have been called up to the Botswana senior national team ahead of the 2017 COSAFA Cup.

The Zebras interim coach Oris Boyo Radipotsane has decided to call-up Rollers duo Simisane Mathumo and Thabo Leinanyane.

Anthony Gouws, who had a good season with Jwaneng Galaxy, was also called up by Radipotsane as the Zebras prepare for the regional tournament.

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) released the following statement on their official website:

“Senior national team coach Oris Boyo Radipotsane has called up Simisane Mathumo ,Thabo Leinanyane and Anthony Gouws to be assessed for training ahead of the COSAFA Senior Challenge.

“Coach Boyo will name his final squad for the COSAFA Cup on Sunday. The boys trained with the team this morning.

“Simisane expressed excitement at the chance to be in camp and play and the prospect of playing for the Zebras,” a statement read.

Botswana will take on Zambia in the quarter-final clash at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Phokeng, North West on the 1st of July 2017.



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