Thursday, 18 July 2019 12:02

Rollers, Chiefs share expenses

Contrary to public expectation, it seems Township Rollers does not need to dig deep into their coffers to host a South Africa Premier Soccer League (PSL) giant that is Kaizer Chiefs.

Rollers will play a friendly match against the SA based team at the newly built Jamali stadium in Tlokweng on Saturday afternoon.  Information reaching BG Sport suggests that it took strategic negotiations led by Rollers president Jagdish Shah to strike a deal with Amakhosi. Speculation has always been rife that Rollers might be coughing up significant amounts of money as a result of playing Chiefs regularly.

“Not a single thebe will be paid by Rollers for hosting Kaizer Chiefs in Botswana, all expenses will be paid for by the visiting team,” a source that preferred anonymity said.  However, Rollers Spokesperson Bafana Pheto, when reached said there was a ‘bill’ that comes with hosting Chiefs but refrained from sharing the figures and only hinted that it was not as steep, as one would imagine.

“We have a solid relationship with the team, so costs will be minimal because the two teams reached some agreements which will benefit both,” Pheto said. He would, however not go into detail what the agreement was. With that, it has now become regular since a few years ago, that Rollers and Chiefs meet up during pre -season preparations.

The Glamour boys as Chiefs is affectionately known is one of the most supported and successful teams in the PSL with more than 50 trophies to their name. The Amakhosi support base stretches across sub Saharan Africa with a following of more than 10 million. Botswana is no exception as there is a relatively large group that is very much faithful to the SA giant team. Playing in Botswana would surely come in handy, as Chiefs can be certain of a huge turn out coupled with Rollers’s equally colossal fan base. This publication understands that currently, not all is well at Amakhosi, having shockingly finished ninth last season, the worst performance in more than a decade.

TS Galaxy also added to their worries, stunning the Soweto team to win the Nedbank Cup Final, a loss to TS Galaxy left the Amakhosi family panicking wondering if the results were signs of dark days ahead.  While in Botswana, Chiefs will be looking to reassure its wide net of supporters that the giant is not dying as they will be unveiling season 2019/20 new signings. Perhaps a few supporters from SA will also travel to Botswana to witness the season icebreaker. A fresh and balanced squad is the only thing that supporters feel is the missing link to return to their glory days.

Rollers will also on the day officially announce the full squad for the next season. Rollers returned from South Africa this past Thursday after playing friendly games against Super Sport United, Orbit College and National First Division (NFD) side of Royal Eagles. They also played Tanzanian Champions Simba on Thursday morning.

On Friday afternoon, the Glamour boys are expected to arrive in Botswana ahead of their Saturday clash.Tickets to the game are going at P100 grandstand and P75 elsewhere with the stadium said to be accommodating only 8 000 spectators. Notwane and Extension Gunners are expected to kick start the Saturday programme in the morning.

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 08:50

Footballer Ryder Tshwaane remembered

Raymond ‘Remi – Ryder’ Kegomoditswe Tshwaane was born on the 17th August 1960 in Good Hope. 

He passed away on the 26th September 2017 and was laid to rest on October 1st, 2017.

 Raymond started playing for Notwane junior development Dinoko and later joined the Notwane Football Club from 1978. However due to his constant work commitments and trainings, Raymond quit football. 

He earned the name Ryder as he played the same position as Ryder Mofokeng of Kaizer Chiefs fame and had a similar physical stature. He continued to support his team even years after retiring from football. Raymond was very friendly and made friends and associates where ever he went.In 1979 he joined Engineering Management Services which was part of Murray and Roberts as a Civil Engineering Draughtsman/Technician.

From Engineering Management Services, Raymond joined Stewart Scott and Partners in 1983 to 25 August 2004 where he worked his way up to Chief Draughtsman. Raymond contributed towards the development of Botswana where he covered the width and breadth of the country in his career. 

Some of the projects that he worked on were the Renovation to Hyundai Motor Factory, Extension of Letlhakane Secondary School, Upgrading of Lobatse Mental Hospital (Sbrana), Magistrate Court in Mahalapye, Orapa bus/taxi rank and Sewerage Infrastructure for Orapa Township to name but a few.

Raymond continued to work on his own in different projects even after leaving Stewart Scott and Partners.

He started his schooling at Good Hope Primary School in 1967 before proceeding to Camp Primary School in Gaborone in 1969. He then went to Gaborone Secondary School to do his form 1 to form 5 which he completed in 1978. 


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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 10:38

Pirates pursue Ngele

Rumors and speculations surrounding local midfielder Mogakolodi ‘Tsotso’ Ngele’s future at South African PSL club Mamelodi Sundowns continue to swirl. The Zebras star is   currently linked to SA PSL giant Orlando Pirates as the transfer window nears to a close in the neighboring country.

Ngele, who was on a loan spell at Bidvest Wits, has recently returned to his mother Club Mamelodi Sundowns after a successful season, which saw the attacking midfielder win two trophies (MTN Top 8 and Absa Premiership) under the tutelage of veteran coach Gavin Hunt.

The former Township Rollers player is well known for his scoring prowess and his technique on the ball. Ngele has   been a thorn to all the South African footballing giants including Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and his parent Club Mamelodi Sundowns in recent years.

Pirates are currently searching at Chloorkop for the 27 year old’s signature. However Mamelodi Sundowns headcoach Pitso Mosimane has made it clear that they will not sell Ngele as he fears the striker will come back to haunt them.

Having finished outside the top 8 bracket and having registered their most horrible season ever, Pirates evidently need the service of Ngele more than any other PSL club, Pirates coach Kjell Jonevret will highly appreciate someone of Tsotso’s work rate having had a legion of supporters rallying behind him and accusing players of not being committed to the club.

A move to Orlando Pirates has been on the cards for several years now. Since 2014 the player has been linked with the Soweto giants in what could be big money move. Ngele proved too expensive for Bidvest Wits and will certainly mean Orlando Pirates will also have to dig deep inside their pocket if they need to land the midfielder.

Orlando Pirates will need to be quick on their mark as the transfer window curtains are set to close in a few weeks if they indeed need the service of the world class Ngele. The midfield maestro will be the second player from Botswana to sign for Pirates after Phenyo Mongala’s short successful spell at the club.

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Friday, 04 November 2016 16:02

From Kaizer Chiefs to roaming Gabs streets

Modern football has grown to include statistical analysis, sophisticated computer softwares technologies are used to plan and approach games. This modern set of technological resources help the coaches and the rest of the technical department to review their match strategies and plans. But, surprisingly, the local association finds no importance in utilising the services of the one and only Motswana capable of providing such expertise.

The Shashe-Mooke born Kenneth Dambe has demonstrated his capabilities at the top of South African premier league with Super Sport United and Kaizer Chiefs respectively. Dambe spent seven years at the Tshwane-based Super Sport United and three years with the Phefeni Glamour boys. He worked with coach Garvin Hunt during their three successful league campaigns and moved to work with Stuart Baxter at Chiefs where they also won the league title.

Performance analyst is one of the less known but scarce skills in modern football approaches. Dambe is among the first few Africans to be exposed to the job and softwares used for analysis. The youthful Dambe claims to have been previously engaged by the German national team during the 2006 world cup as a consultant. “There were only two performance analysts in South Africa being me (Dambe) and Vinny Lackrish who went to work for Opta Sports in England”, explained Dambe. The two worked at Four Zone sports agency liaising with a software producing company in USA. At the time, even the PSL clubs did not have either the softwares or the analysts in their technical department. 

The ambitious young coach and analyst said he wants to develop local youngsters and guide them to the world cup. “I want to take Zebras to the U17 World Cup. I approached and met all relevant people at BFA in an effort to assist with my skills where possible”, said Dambe in an interview with this newspaper. Dambe successfully led an unknown young South African team Balfour Park U13 to Rio de Janeiro in 2003, beating Sao Paulo Osasco 3-2 at the semifinals and finishing off the Rio State Champions Filburgo FC 3-1 after a penalty shootout. The match had ended with a 0-0 score line. Balfour then produced stars like Lebogang Manyama and Keegan Ritchie.

Dambe joined Balfour in 2000, starting as U10 head coach and worked his way through to the PSL top clubs. Both Kaizer Chiefs and Supper Sport speak highly of the 36-year old Dambe as per reference letters seen by this publication. The Chiefs letter is signed by the club Administration Manager Abdulla Ismail Mayet while the Super Sport letter is signed by Academy Manager Giancarlo Ballossini. The academy manager says of Dambe, “Kenneth was instrumental in helping Super Sport achieve three (3) consecutive league titles and was very influential in shaping the career for over 30 academy players who are now playing overseas and in the PSL”.

Dambe claims that he decided to come home after spending 10 years advising championship-winning coaches at the ABSA premier league. The youthful coach won ABSA premier league titles with both Super Sport United and Kaizer Chiefs respectively. He started his football career at the age of 14 playing for Notwane FC development side during Paul Moyo`s era and subsequently played under former Zebras U17 coach Michael Gaborone at UB Hawks. Dambe prides himself for having played a significant role in the development of a few South African stars like Daine Klaite, Kamogelo Mokotjo, and Kermit Erasmus. Dambe holds a diploma in sports management from LNB campus in South Africa.

The Chief Executive Officer of Forwardzone Sports Agency Ashley Kotzin invited Dambe to try performance analysis at his company. The new career path for Dambe was to do a league match between Kaizer Chiefs and Jomo Cosmos, where he was asked to count completed passes for both teams and the boss to be was impressed with the first analysis report. Forwardzone did business with a number of televisions, newspapers and magazines and the German national team.

The then BFA president Tebogo Sebego denied ever meeting Dambe but acknowledged that he was informed that the performance analyst wanted to meet them as leadership. “No, I have never met him, maybe he met the secretariat”, said Sebego. The suspended BFA CEO Kitso Kemoeng did not remember meeting Dambe. “I do not remember but I cannot deny. Honestly I cannot remember,” said Kemoeng.

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