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ROLLERS FINEST HOUR

Botswana’s motocross and off road sensation Vincent Crosbie is back in the saddle after winning the Malotwane national championship race this past weekend. The indomitable Crosbie who conquered the treacherous Dakar Rally in 2016 faced a lot of adversary that threatened his riding career last year. This past Saturday, Crosbie’s rivals were left behind in a cloud of dust as the talented rider rode to victory in the elite 450 cc category. Last year, Crosbie endured a freak accident when a trailer used to haul his bike fell on his hand and left him with a fracture. Crosbie had to do two operations before his hand could come back to normal. Nevertheless, this was not the only injury the ace rider had to endure.


21st February 2018

Galaxy, Costa in CAF scuffle

21st February 2018

Mascom Top 8 reigning champions Jwaneng Galaxy will face Mozambique giants Costa Do Sol in a CAF Confederations Cup preliminary stage second leg match this evening (Wednesday) at the national stadium. The Jwaneng based outfits are aiming to reverse a 1-0 loss they suffered at the hands of Do Sol in Maputo a fortnight ago.

Kgosi Malope challenge this weekend

21st February 2018

Tsosa Motse Organisation in association with Bangwaketse Tribal Administration and Cycle for Life Club will host the second edition of the Kgosi Malope ll Road Race Challenge this coming Sunday in Kanye. The Kgosi Malope Challenge is aimed at raising funds and awareness for the refurbishment of a historical site in Kanye called the Mmalekwa Cemetery. The cemetery remains a resting place for some members of the Bangwaketse royal family, former British settlers and soldiers as well as former London Missionary Society Clergy and colonial administrators.

Botswana is conducive for youth games

21st February 2018

Officials at Confederation of University and Colleges Sports Association (CUCSA) Annual General Meeting have hailed Botswana as one of the best countries to host youth sports events in the continent. Speaking during the AGM held in Gaborone this past week, CUCSA President Ben Naobeb said Botswana is considered a safe African country to host different sporting events involving development athletes. Speaking at the CUCSA Annual General Meeting in Gaborone last week, Naobeb said Botswana provides a hospitable environment for athletes during international sporting events.

Rollers’ finest hour

21st February 2018

BY KABELO GADISE BTC Premiership reigning champions Township Rollers face Sudanese giants El-Merrikh tonight at the El-Merrikh Stadium in the Sudanese capital Omdurman. Popa go into the CAF champion’s league game leading El-Merrikh 3-0 after a superb first leg game played in Gaborone a fortnight ago. However, the marauding Popa are set to face the unexpected in Omdurman when they enter 43 000 seater Al-Merrikh stadium. Proverbial sparks are bound to fly, as both teams will be seeking to advance to the next stage of the lucrative CAF African championship. The MmaMasire based outfit needs to match their rivals pound for pound. Nonetheless El- Merrikh is expected to mount pressure into the Rollers defense where cracks might surface.

Local karate sensation in Malaysia

21st February 2018

Botswana’s under 60kg karate sensation Thabang Setshego is currently in Malaysia for a four –year business course in Human Resources Management. The Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) in conjunction with the Ministry of Education and Skills funded his studies through the Elite Scholarship Fund. The young karateka jetted off to the Asian nation last week Friday. In an interview with Sun Sports this week, Setshego said he is settling well in the foreign country, however he is not sure what will happen with his sports career in the meantime.

Local boxers get international exposure

21st February 2018

 Three local boxers are expected to compete in the international Fox Sports Africa boxing in Mbabane, Swaziland this Friday. The international boxing bill follows a simillar event that was held in Gaborone last year December. Fox Sports,a global leader in premium sports broadcasting continues to pack a mean punch with its fifth edition of Africa Boxing which includes multiple events.

Chess National champs take off

21st February 2018

The Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) will host over 300 players during a national chess championship in Gaborone this weekend. The tournament will be the first National Championship qualifiers sponsored by Metropolitan Botswana. “In the first qualifiers stage of the tournament we will have players in the open section battling it out for 23 slots at the second stage of the National Championship. In the ladies section they will be battling it out to fill 17 available slot at the second qualifiers stage,” a statement from the BCF reads.

Former TAFIC coach job hunting

21st February 2018

BY PETER MADIYA Former TAFIC FC head coach Elias Chinyemba this week confirmed that he will not be taking the reigns at Debswana National First Division rookies Calendar Stars. Chinyemba who orchastrated TAFIC’s heroic return to the BTC Premiers league this week confirmed that there is no deal between him and Calender Stars. The coach who unceremoneously parted ways with TAFIC last year said he only managed to train with the team for two days before the deal collapsed. “I was supposed to land a job as the head coach for the DNFD rookies.

BancABC, Visa sponsor World Cup trip

21st February 2018

Christmas is expected to come early for three locals football fans who stand a chance to win an all expenses paid trip to the 2018 FIFA Russia World Cup courtesy Banc ABC and Visa. Leading digital payments company Visa recently entered into a partnership with BancABC that will see three winners walk away with an all expenses paid trip for two, to fly to Russia, to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The Swipe and Win competition is set to kickoff on February 19th until 30th April 2018 and is open to all BancABC Visa cardholders.

Nagging injuries haunt Thebe

14th February 2018

Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) national team coach Mogomotsi Otsetswe this week said sensational sprinter Babuluki Thebe will now concentrate in 400m races only. In a recent interview Otsetswe said as the 2018 Australia Commonwealth games fast approaches, Thebe has to stay focused in his main category. The young athlete will no longer be competing in 100m or 200m events for the remaining BAA track and field events. Thus far, Mogomotsi said he was impressed by the athlete performance since the beginning of the season.

Top 8 fever hits Ghetto

14th February 2018

The Francistown Sports Complex is expected to attract over 20 000 spectators during the Mascom Top 8 Final on 3rd March. The Top 7th edition final will be played at the twenty-six thousand seater facility for the third consecutive time when the popular Township Rollers collide with Orapa United .The facility is the largest sports venue in the country, attracted over 15 000 spectators when Jwaneng Galaxy beat Orapa United 4-3 in last year’s Top 8 final. The modern facility boast of an impressive pitch and an electric atmosphere during high profile games like the Top 8 final. In recent years, the facility has hosted thrilling matches that often conclude in a nail biting fashion. The final game will be the third consecutive final to be hosted at the city of Francistown.

BONA engages Malawian coach

14th February 2018

Botswana Netball Association (BONA) has roped in seasoned Malawian coach Griffin Saenda in a bid to turn the national team into world-beaters. Saenda comes with an illustrious resume after he previously led the Malawian netball team to world championships on more than one occasion. The Southern African nation continues to maintain a top twenty-world ranking. Saenda has already hit the ground running having held senior national team selections this past weekend in Gaborone. BONA netball courts were turned into a stomping ground as national team aspirants competed for positions in anticipation of World championships scheduled for August later this year in the United Kingdom.


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