d season without a major trophy, something that has not gone down well with their hard to please supporters. The team is also up for another major challenge if they are to finish in a reputable position. Rollers are in ninth spot, a position that does not suit a team of Rollers caliber.
There was once a debate in the country as to who, between Botswana first choice goalkeepers, Modiri Marumo and Kagiso Tshelametsi, is the better of the two. Marumo was the one who former coach, Jellusic Vesselin, preferred ahead of Tshelametsi. But many Batswana felt that Tshelametsi should be given a run ahead of Marumo.
It normally takes ages to unearth skillful players. Such players normally determine the outcome of the game because they hold the fort in most cases. They can render the game to be quick, or slow. Skillful players normally give defenders nightmares because they are never easily contained.
Continuing with their sports development programme in the country, Orange Botswana on Thursday renewed their two year contract with the Botswana Football Association, and continues to remain the official sponsor of the senior national team, the Zebras.
Local boxers are looking forward to making history at the forthcoming Africa championships tournament that will be held in Madagascar next month. Seven boxers who are already in camp are gearing for the tournament because it will also be used as an Olympic qualifier.
Normally in football, defenders are not given the attention they deserve, no matter how heroically they perform. Recognition is mainly accorded to the strikers because they are the ones who bang in the goals. The only recognition defenders get is, in most cases, negative especially when they make mistakes that result in goals.
Multitudes of Batswana were left disappointed after the Under 23 were defeated 2-0 by South Africa in All Africa Games (AAG) qualifying match on Sunday. Many Batswana travelled all the way to Potchefstroom town, which is about 400 kilometres from Gaborone expecting nothing than a victory.
For many years, some sports codes, such as golf and cricket, were seen as elite sports played only by people from well-to-do backgrounds. This resulted in both sports being dominated by mostly foreigners, especially from Europe and Asia.
Lobatse side, Lobtrans Gunners, still boast to be the only team in recent decades to have won the elite league three years in succession. That was in 1992, 93 and 94. Gunners had great players then, like Kennedy Jerry, Itumeleng Duiker, Napthtally Kebalepile, Solomon Moipolai, Morris Mauco and others.
The saga surrounding, burly and lethal Zambian international striker, Bernard Simakwenzi, seems far from over. The current turn of events might even embarrass the local football governing body, the Botswana Football Association (BFA).
Botswana?s soccer national team, affectionately called the Zebras seem to be on the right track for their maiden Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifications following their 1-0 victory over Burundi on Sunday. The only goal of the game was scored deep into the second half by Thato Siska much to the delight of Batswana who came in their droves.
Stoppage time was almost approaching and Prisons XI were looking forward to getting a valuable point and ease their relegation woes. Unfortunately, it was not to be as substitute William Motsamai made sure that Gaborone United (GU) pocketed maximum points. After the goal, Prisons XI coach, Stanley Mwaanga, looked a worried man.
For the past few years, Botswana has been achieving historical results in soccer and supporters have always had something to cheer about. Prior to that, defeats were the order of the day and many countries knew that when playing against Botswana, whether home or away, they were guaranteed maximum points.
FRANCISTOWN: After more than half a century of elite league title drought in Francistown, it is rookies, Ecco City Green, who suddenly have northern football lovers on the edge of their seats as the ?Greens? make a surge towards the city?s first ever realistic chance of winning the league since Tasc?s attempt three years ago and Tafic?s second position finish in 1992.
For the Zebras, today (Sunday)?s game against Burundi is a must win or else the dream to qualify for the biennial 2008 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) will be shattered. Botswana is the only country in the group that is yet to register a victory.
The annual Botswana National Sports Council awards ceremony will be held at the Gaborone International Conference Centre on March 24, 2007.
Addressing the media fraternity at a press briefing held at Barloworld House, the Managing Director of Barloworld Botswana, Peter Stevenson, stated that this would be the last year that Barloworld would be sponsoring the event.
Botswana?s top striker, Diphetogo Selolwane, might leave his club, Cape Town Santos, at the end of the season. Recent media reports from South Africa suggested that Selolwane might leave because, of late, he has been struggling with his form.
Last year, the Botswana Softball Association (BSA), citing financial hardships, halted its league activities since they did not have sponsorship. Instead, few tournaments were organised but were not enough to keep players busy and supporters entertained. The BSA was critisised for stopping the league saying lack of sponsorship was not a concrete reason.
For many years, Botswana football was reduced to a laughing stock in the African continent, earning themselves the nickname, ?The whipping boys of Africa.? Let it be youth teams, clubs or the senior national team; there was no difference, as teams used to be heavily defeated, whether at home or away. The depression caused by the defeats seems to be slowly lifting.
As the Mascom Premier League battle approaches its climax, all eyes are reverted to the top of the table where teams, such as Ecco City Green and Mochudi Centre Chiefs, are leading the pack. The teams are also in search of re-writing the country?s soccer records since they have never won the league title before.