Township Rollers team picture during the Botswana Premier League match
Saturday Dec 23, 2017. 14:54
As 2017 draws to a close, BotswanaPremierLeague.com looks back at the most iconic and memorable Botswana football moments of the year.
We rounds up some of the most memorable moments of the year:
Galaxy stun Orapa to win maiden Mascom Top 8 Cup
Jwaneng Galaxy defeated the defending champions Mascom Top 8 Cup champions Orapa United 4-3 to be crowned winners of the lucrative competition for the first time in the club’s history last April.
Morris Ruzivo, Boitumelo Mafoko, Christopher Musonda and Tebogo Sembowa all scored for Galaxy, while Orapa’s goals were netted by Tendai Nyumasi (brace) and Thabang Modise at the Francistown Sports Complex.
Mike Sithole, the Galaxy gaffer, became the first coach to win the Cup twice. Galaxy forward Tebogo Sembowa became the first player to win tournament with three different teams.
More success for Botswana's accomplished export: Mogakolodi Ngele
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Thabang Monare, Daine Klate and Mogakolodi Ngele[/caption]
Botswana international Mogakolodi Ngele had a very successful loan spell at Bidvest Wits where he won the South African Absa Premiership title at the end of the 2016/17 season.
The midfielder-cum-striker, who is the most decorated Botswana player to ever play in the Premier Soccer League (PSL), made 18 league appearances for Wits - scoring three times in the process.
Ngele, 27, had also helped the Clever Boys clinch the 2016 MTN8 Cup. He returned to his parent club, Mamelodi Sundowns prior to the start of the current campaign.
The former Uniao Flamengo Santos and Township Rollers forward has won six major trophies in South Africa.
Botswana’s remarkable comeback in FIFA Women’s Under-17 World Cup qualifier
Botswana women’s under-17 side lost 5-2 to their Zambian counterparts in the 2018 FIFA Women’s U17 World Cup qualification (CAF) preliminary round first-leg match at the Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka on October 15.
However, the Junior Mares dominated the second-leg encounter at the Lobatse Sports Complex two weeks later with Mitchell Abueng grabbing a hat-trick as the hosts emerged 4-0 winners.
As a result, Botswana advanced to the next round of qualification after winning the tie 6-5 on aggregate. It is one of the greatest comebacks by any Botswana national team.
Township Rollers continue their dominance of Botswana football
Botswana Premier League (BPL) giants Township Rollers won a second successive and record 14th BTC Premiership title under Mogomotsi Mpote, who is became the first Motswana coach to win the trophy since 2006.
Nicknamed Popa Popa ea Ipopa, Rollers went through the entire 2017 calendar year without losing a single league match having recorded 23 wins and eight draws.
Popa are undefeated under their Serbian coach Nikola Kavazovic, who was appointed Rollers last July, in all competitions in the current 2017/18 season. They have registered 12 wins, and three draws.
Botswana goalkeeper Sedilame Boseja wins the South African Women’s League title
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Maitumelo Bosija of Bloemfontein Celtic Ladies and Botswana during the SASOL League National Championship [/caption]
Botswana international Sedilame Boseja secured a move to a top South African Women’s side, Bloemfontein Celtic from local side Double Action last May.
Boseja, who is Botswana women’s senior national team goalkeeper, helped Celtic win the Free State Region Women's Football League Championship title. Celtic went on to clinch the Sasol League National Championship title with Boseja playing an instrumental role in helping the Free State outfit win the trophy.
Celtic dominated individual awards with the 20-year-old Boseja deservedly scooping the Goalkeeper of the Tournament accolade.