Botswana’s under-20 national soccer team might for the first time advance to the semifinals of the eighth edition of the regional Council for Southern African Football Association (COSAFA) cup, which will be held in South Africa. This follows news that Malawi, their hoodoo team, might not be able to make it due to financial straits that mar the Football Association of Malawi (FAM).
When the Botswana senior national football team, the Zebras, took on the much fancied “Pharoahs”of Egypt in the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers recently, many people were kept on the edge of their seats by a magnificent twister and turner with the famous number 7 on his shirt. The man had just recently scooped the Coca Cola Cup player of the series award.
In almost all elite soccer leagues around the world, there are teams that are deemed championship material. Such teams know when exactly to hit where it matters the most and claim the title. Even when they start slow, they always find their way to the top.
One of Botswana’s promising boxers, Michael Rantsho, faces an uncertain future due to the injury he suffered at the Commonwealth games early this year. Rantsho is nursing a head injury and might not participate in the upcoming international games such as Zone VI, Africa and World Championships and even the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Gone are the days when foreign players, especially strikers, were the toast of the elite league. Local strikers are making their mark season after season, as is the case in the ongoing Mascom Premier League. The first round of the Mascom League has already passed the half way mark and foreign strikers are being out classes by local lads.
Seasoned Zebra, Ernest Amos of Tasc, must be enjoying his tussles with opposition strikers these days as his number one tormentor, Phenyo “Mzambiya” Mongala, left our shores to try his luck in the money spinning South African leagues.
After playing the sport she loves the most for more than 20 years, Mafolofolo stalwart player, Josephine Ntshinogang, is calling it a day. She said by next year, she would only be watching from the sidelines as she felt she had played her part.
Locally, there is no football coach who is more successful than Major David Bright.
Occasionally in world football, a player with style and method and who defies categorization emerges. He is the kind of player who invents his own idiom, plays in a manner and at a tempo that is entirely his own. One thinks of the then younger Roberto Carlos, who, as a counterattacking left back, showed that a defender could be the most creative player in the team.
It was last year during the first round of the Mascom Premier League when many spectators left the game really mesmerised. They could not believe the mighty match saving saves, which had been produced by Prisons XI’s Burundian-born goalkeeper.
Sometimes it is worth keeping quiet when a person in authority goes off the rails in the course of executing of his duties. But when he overdoes it, those around him will start murmuring negatives.
When the 2006/2007 Mascom Premier league kicked-off, one team remained winless because of their wastefulness in front of goal. But the team was a marvel to watch as they tore opponents apart with their neat passing game. The side is none other than Gaborone United.
It is around 1100 hrs on a Friday at the main Francistown Prison and inmates are going about their daily business of manual work. Some, of course, have finished theirs and are relaxed. Seated on an oval shaped stone is an introverted man reading a soccer magazine. His name: Sam “Mchacho” Setume.
Without any shred of doubt, Botswana is blessed with passionate football fans. Most of them have not stopped complaining about the early ousting of Botswana’s various football national teams from regional, continental and international competitions. The common denominator leading to the national team’s early exit, they say, is lack of proper and adequate preparations.
For the past three years, the women’s volleyball league in Botswana has been a lonely race for Mafolofolo.
Mafolofolo has won almost everything on offer. Be it in the league or in tournaments, they have been unstoppable.
When soccer giants Township Rollers took the Botswana Football Association (BFA) to court, there were murmurs in soccer corridors that the club was going to expose dirty dealings at the association.
Playing football in the elite division for more than ten years is not an easy task. Most players play their best after six years. For those who have been in the game for more than ten years, one would expect an average or below par performance.
It is reported that all is not well at the Fransictown-based side, TASC. Information reaching Sunday Standard is that head coach, Tazha Moleofhi, and his assistant, Teenage Mpote, are on their way out. According, Moleofhi is not happy with his conditions of service and will be leaving soon.
When the then first division club Ecco City Green reached the semi-finals of the lucrative Coca-Cola Cup in 2003, many people did not take them seriously.
Ecco City were a relatively unknown team and some people even thought that their qualification was a fluke because the eventual champions, Mogoditshane Fighters, just waltzed past them with ease.
Despite facing acute shortages of strikers, Botswana still has something to boast of.
The country is brimming with midfield talent. The midfield normally determines the outcome of most of the Premier League games.