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Setsile wins big at BPL awards

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Jwaneng Galaxy and gifted Zebras attacking player Thero Setsile on June 27 emerged the star of the 2018-19 Botswana Premier League (BPL) awards as he was bestowed with three honours including the converted Player of the Season accolade. His club side Jwaneng Galaxy also lived up to its name providing a constellation of stars which shined on the night.

Set to join South African National First Division (NFD) side TS Galaxy, the highly talented 23-year-old Setsile, also won the Player’s Player of the Season as well the Top Goalscorer awards for his exploits at Jwaneng over the past campaign.

It was a night to savour for his team; Jwaneng Galaxy which also produced the Coach of the Season, Miguel da Costa, as well as the Goalkeeper of the Season, Ezekiel Morake, after a season which saw them finish second on the log for a third consecutive season.

Setsile amassed a total of P200 000 for his awards, the most lucrative being the Player of the Season award which is worth P100 000, with his two other awards carrying a P50 000 each.

Meanwhile, the Young Player of the Season award went to Bakang Leshona of Mochudi Centre Chiefs while the Referee of the Season award was won by Keabetswe Dintwa. The Assistant Referee of the Season award went to Ookeditse Keitseone.   

It was low key event compared to previous years, with the top brass of title sponsor BTC conspicuous by their absence, as was also the case with a few club chairpersons who serve as members of the BPL board.

Nonetheless, Botswana Football Association president, Mclean Letshwiti used the occasion to urge BPL to work on improving the standard of the league in order to allow local club football to progress closer to matching regional, continental and global standards.

He said the moment was opportune for the football fraternity to reflect on what they needed to do to move towards better levels of professionalism.  Letshwiti encouraged the relegated clubs Mochudi Centre Chiefs, Black Forest and Sankoyo Bush Bucks to work on returning to the premier league and devise better strategies to ensure they avoid the drop the next time they participate in the top flight.

Letshwiti also stressed that football was a business and should not be treated as a charity, stating that sponsors should be encouraged to invest with a view to gaining a return on their investment.

Furthermore, he welcomed promoted sides, TAFIC, Morupule Wanderers and Gilport Lions and urged them to ensure that they are compliant with the club licensing standards required for the elite league.  

Botswana National Sports Commission vice-chairperson Tsoseletso Magang thanked the organisers of the event for making sure that excelling performers were recognized, something she said inspired athletes towards better performance.

She also urged champions Township Rollers to work hard on representing the country well in the upcoming CAF Champions League. BPL chairperson, Jagdish Shah congratulated Jwaneng Galaxy for producing most of the winners on the night, and all the clubs for good conduct over the season under review.

Shah thanked the league sponsors whom he said had availed prize monies for the league as well as awards on time. Ends

Source : BOPA

Author : Pako Lebanna

Location : Gaborone

Event : Awards

Date : Jun 28 Fri,2019

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