Friday, 15 September 2017 16:26

Butler linked to GU

Fresh  reports  have this  week   linked  former Zebras coach Peter Butler to a shock  move  to BTC  premiership outfit Gaborone United. This  comes  after  Bulter’s  short  lived  spell at  South African PSL  outfit  Platinum Stars. This  week  reports  came in  thick and  fast  that  Butler will  be  returning to local  football as  part  of  GU. The  controversial  and  outspoken  Butler parted  ways  with Dikwena after only two games into the 2017/2018 Absa Premiership. Butler who  divided  opinion  while  at  the  helm  of  Zebras encountered a dreadful run  before  he  was unceremoniosly  frog marched out of  Dikwena camp. Butler who  mercilessly  dumped Zebras a  few  months ago lost  games against Mazitburg United and Cape Town City respectively.

The former Zebras coach is however expected to takeover at Gaborone United as the Technical Director to relaunch his  second stint in Botswana football.  “He is expected to take the position of Technical Director. However  many local  football observers  are  tipping  Butler to  replace Argentine coach  Rudlof Zapata early this  coming season,” a source close to the matter revealed.

The  unconvesional Zapata has recently  been accused of isolating his assistant coach Steven Maposa. Zapata’s  training regume has allegedly  taken a toll  on  his players with Dirang Moloi having been the first to storm out of a mountain climbing training session. The Argentine has been accused of playing an ineffective eleven aside football which does not bare any fruits to the Old Naledi based outfits.

Furthermore, Butler is said to be a very handy associate to GU’s prime investor Nicolas Zakhem having been suspected of influencing Zakhem to lure players such as Kabelo Seakanyeng, Thato Ogopotse, Moatlhodi Ralesotla and Hendrick Moyo to Moyagolele.

In an interview with BG Sport  this week GU Secretary Lepholetha City Senne denounced the  allegations  as  just hear say. “This is news to my ears, I believe it is nothing but rumors because we haven’ t had any dealings with Butler,” Senne  said.

Senne said they have been busy oiling the Money machine for the upcoming BTC Premership season. “We have been busy preparing the team but I don’t believe we could have missed such big news, we have currently assembled an a formidable team and we are looking to out perform our rivals.”

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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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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 17:41

Glamorous Chiefs visit Rollers

The 2016/17 BTC premiership champions Township Rollers will tomorrow (Saturday) take on South African PSL giants Kaizer Chiefs at the Francistown Sports Complex.

The match is an International friendly that will see Rollers care taker coach Mogomotsi ‘Teenage’ Mpote attempt to reverse a 2-0 defeat against Steve Khompela’s charges last weekend in South Africa.The one-day season Maize Cup pre -Season friendly tournament saw Mapalastina failing to contain the might of Kaizer Chiefs, who obviously had come into the game full force.

In an interview with BG Sport this week, Rollers mouthpiece Bafana Pheto, expressed confidence that the MmMasire lads will be able to avenge their loss against   the SA giants.

In a brief interview, Pheto said they lost to the South African outfit because they played the match in the absence of their key players. He is however confident that this time around, they will give their opponents a run for their money.

The soft-spoken Pheto added that the Maize Cup tournament came as a blessing in disguise. “Our friendly games against Chiefs have always been there, but the maize cup made it more interesting, that was a test drive and now we have managed to identify our weak points which will surely come in handy tomorrow,” he said.

According to Pheto, Chiefs do not pose a serious threat to them and tomorrow’s encounter will surely be used to level the scores between the two teams.Through their partnership with the multiple PSL champions, Pheto said the Blues are able to prepare fully for the new BTC premiership season that is expected to kick start sometime next month.

Meanwhile Pheto also noted that they are still processing the team’s new head coach Nikola Kavazovic’s official papers but assured that they expect him to be in action before commencement of the league.Tickets are selling at P 100 grandstand, P70 Panda and P50 elsewhere. According to Pheto they expect the Francistown Sports Complex to be full on Saturday, adding that the tournament is also aimed at quenching the thirst for football action in the northern part of the country.

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