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Satmos should change its name
By Staff Writer Tue 20 Nov 2018, 20:37 pm (GMT +2)
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Satmos should change its name
First cut Dennis Keagile
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hen the late Sam Sono changed the name of Copper Chiefs to FC Satmos, which is an acronym for his family, it was on the basis that his family and business were doing a lot for the club and football community of Selebi-Phikwe and indeed Botswana football. I know for a fact that many in the sporting fraternity do not know that the acronym SATMOS stand for Samuel Thotelego Mulati Sono. If my memory serves me well, I know that one of the name is that of his son and of course Samuel was his name, while Sono is that of his late father. At the time he wanted to build a very formidable and a professional team. He was fed up with the previous status quo. And, it was this desire to turn professional that lured Mooketsi 'China' Mading to join the team from Nico United. The two Selibe-Phikwe teams were experiencing difficult times. 
What still baffles me though, is that FC SATMOS has not managed to win the hearts of many Selibe-Phikweans such that teams like Township Rollers, Extension Gunners, TAFIC and Mochudi Centre Chiefs still command a sizeable following in the town, with Rollers probably taking the lead. Now years since the passing on of Sono - and may his soul rest in eternal peace - the fortunes of SATMOS have not improved or changed. If anything, I fear for the worst that China might finally give up. He is not getting any younger nor is he getting any help. Slowly the football community might soon turn its back on this beloved son of the soil. During his playing days he always gave his utmost best for whichever team he played for. 
He is still remembered most for his heroic acts at Black Peril and finally Nico United. At times he was always the difference between Nico's defeat and a draw or win. I do recall very well when the senior national soccer team left for Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He did not want to go because Nico United were playing a crucial game, which needed his presence. He was just everything for the team, father figure and captain. In-fact at times Nico United or Majombolo as the team is affectionately called would adopt the same approach currently used by the senior national soccer team, the Zebras. They would literally pack the bus and play for a draw and would occasionally launch attacks through Balisi 'Phinda' Mmereki. That was the only option as the team was faced with relegation and had to adopt survival tactics. However, my recent observation of FC SATMOS had me wondering a lot about the future of the team. With all his experience, I expected China to have done better in preparing the team for the tough premier league. The impression I have is that the team lacks experience both on the pitch and the bench. China ought to have invested in an experienced coach or experienced players. But at the same time I tend to think that with little support from the community of Selebi-Phikwe, he is short financially. As someone who really wants to change the face of Botswana, he needs all the support.
My proposal though is that FC SATMOS ought to change its name to Selibe-Phikwe United so that it can enjoy greater goodwill from the community of Selebi-Phikwe and the surrounding areas. I know that this can be an emotive issue, but I am convinced it can go a long way in bringing the community of Selebi-Phikwe closer to the team. The likes of Mosquito and Red Lions may also opt to join since Nico United is seen more or less as a mine team. For now, the name SATMOS is having some limiting factors in as far as perhaps generating more goodwill is concerned.
Too much relegation can have a detrimental effect on those running the team. The tolls of relegation are always difficult to deal with.
Zebras
That said, the Zebras confounded critics last Saturday by holding the once Super Eagles of Nigeria to a goalless draw away in Benin City. This was a credible result for the simple reason that the Zebras' defence and in particular debutant goalkeeper, Kabelo Dambe played his heart out. At one time he stood between defeat and draw for the team. It is not every team that can go to Nigeria and not concede a goal. 
To this ,I say bravo to Stanley Tshosane and his players. While many have criticised his tactics, I think many of us have quickly forgotten that when Argentina reached the 1990 World Cup finals in Italy against Germany under the guidance of Carlos Bilado, the team was deploying 10-men behind the ball. 
Those who were there or seen the game on TV will recall that the team knew that it could not match other teams pound for pound, hence it adopted an ultra defensive system with the hope of knocking out opponents in a penalty shootout. We all know how Diego Maradona cried out when he launched a vicious attack on FIFA and the referee of the game for a dubious penalty that was awarded to Germany and if I remember well, two red cards against his team. 
Well, Ruud Voeller, the Germany striker, could only say 'thank you very much' to the referee. There was wide belief or popular opinion that it would have been an injustice to football had Argentina won the competition by playing what was generally regarded as negative football. So the Zebras are in with a chance. My concern is that the team lacks a mobile midfielder who can quickly link the transition from defence to attack. When you counter attack, you are basically trying to exploit the space and time availed by the opposition. This is an area Tshosane has to work on. Alternatively he might have to tinker with his line up a bit by deploying Moemedi Moatlhaping there or have Jerome Ramatlhakwane linking that attack with Lemponye Tshiereletso as the top man. My other observation is in the central defence:  there is no doubt in my mind that both Mompati Thuma and Ndiyapo Letsholathebe are good man-markers, but given the formation the team uses, it would be wiser to add Tshepo 'Talk Talk' Motlhabankwe in the central defence so as to add attack or launch build ups from this position. 
That way he can help release the midfielders to be in a more attacking zone, as he is very comfortable on the ball. Both Thuma and Ndiyapo are not good at driving the ball like Talkie can do. So Tshosane need to experiment or tinker with his players because countries like Ghana cannot be defeated if we are not able to hold onto the ball as well. Usually teams that are good at attacking are not so great when the same approach is used against them. 
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top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Two draws away in West Africa can only motivate the team better. There is however need for greater unity in the team. Reports of a near mutiny in Niger are not good for the team's morale. The Botswana Football Association together with the team's management, ought to ensure that there is transparency and a communication to players. Strikes are usually a result of breakdown in communication or lack of transparency. Equally, I do not expect the players to resort to cowboy tactics or black mail. 

Otherwise Go Zebras Go, especially that the government has vowed to do everything in its power to help the team.

When the late Sam Sono changed the name of Copper Chiefs to FC Satmos, which is an acronym for his family, it was on the basis that his family and business were doing a lot for the club and football community of Selebi-Phikwe and indeed Botswana football.

I know for a fact that many in the sporting fraternity do not know that the acronym SATMOS stand for Samuel Thotelego Mulati Sono.

If my memory serves me well, I know that one of the name is that of his son and of course Samuel was his name, while Sono is that of his late father. At the time he wanted to build a very formidable and a professional team. He was fed up with the previous status quo. And, it was this desire to turn professional that lured Mooketsi 'China' Mading to join the team from Nico United. The two Selibe-Phikwe teams were experiencing difficult times. What still baffles me though, is that FC SATMOS has not managed to win the hearts of many Selibe-Phikweans such that teams like Township Rollers, Extension Gunners, TAFIC and Mochudi Centre Chiefs still command a sizeable following in the town, with Rollers probably taking the lead. Now years since the passing on of Sono - and may his soul rest in eternal peace - the fortunes of SATMOS have not improved or changed. If anything, I fear for the worst that China might finally give up. He is not getting any younger nor is he getting any help. Slowly the football community might soon turn its back on this beloved son of the soil.

During his playing days he always gave his utmost best for whichever team he played for. He is still remembered most for his heroic acts at Black Peril and finally Nico United. At times he was always the difference between Nico's defeat and a draw or win.

I do recall very well when the senior national soccer team left for Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He did not want to go because Nico United were playing a crucial game, which needed his presence.

He was just everything for the team, father figure and captain. In-fact at times Nico United or Majombolo as the team is affectionately called would adopt the same approach currently used by the senior national soccer team, the Zebras. They would literally pack the bus and play for a draw and would occasionally launch attacks through Balisi 'Phinda' Mmereki. That was the only option as the team was faced with relegation and had to adopt survival tactics.

However, my recent observation of FC SATMOS had me wondering a lot about the future of the team. With all his experience, I expected China to have done better in preparing the team for the tough premier league. The impression I have is that the team lacks experience both on the pitch and the bench. China ought to have invested in an experienced coach or experienced players.

But at the same time I tend to think that with little support from the community of Selebi-Phikwe, he is short financially. As someone who really wants to change the face of Botswana, he needs all the support.My proposal though is that FC SATMOS ought to change its name to Selibe-Phikwe United so that it can enjoy greater goodwill from the community of Selebi-Phikwe and the surrounding areas.

I know that this can be an emotive issue, but I am convinced it can go a long way in bringing the community of Selebi-Phikwe closer to the team. The likes of Mosquito and Red Lions may also opt to join since Nico United is seen more or less as a mine team. For now, the name SATMOS is having some limiting factors in as far as perhaps generating more goodwill is concerned.Too much relegation can have a detrimental effect on those running the team. The tolls of relegation are always difficult to deal with.


ZebrasThat said, the Zebras confounded critics last Saturday by holding the once Super Eagles of Nigeria to a goalless draw away in Benin City. This was a credible result for the simple reason that the Zebras' defence and in particular debutant goalkeeper, Kabelo Dambe played his heart out.

At one time he stood between defeat and draw for the team. It is not every team that can go to Nigeria and not concede a goal. To this ,I say bravo to Stanley Tshosane and his players. While many have criticised his tactics, I think many of us have quickly forgotten that when Argentina reached the 1990 World Cup finals in Italy against Germany under the guidance of Carlos Bilado, the team was deploying 10-men behind the ball.

Those who were there or seen the game on TV will recall that the team knew that it could not match other teams pound for pound, hence it adopted an ultra defensive system with the hope of knocking out opponents in a penalty shootout. We all know how Diego Maradona cried out when he launched a vicious attack on FIFA and the referee of the game for a dubious penalty that was awarded to Germany and if I remember well, two red cards against his team. 

Well, Ruud Voeller, the Germany striker, could only say 'thank you very much' to the referee. There was wide belief or popular opinion that it would have been an injustice to football had Argentina won the competition by playing what was generally regarded as negative football. So the Zebras are in with a chance. My concern is that the team lacks a mobile midfielder who can quickly link the transition from defence to attack. When you counter attack, you are basically trying to exploit the space and time availed by the opposition.

This is an area Tshosane has to work on. Alternatively he might have to tinker with his line up a bit by deploying Moemedi Moatlhaping there or have Jerome Ramatlhakwane linking that attack with Lemponye Tshiereletso as the top man. My other observation is in the central defence:  there is no doubt in my mind that both Mompati Thuma and Ndiyapo Letsholathebe are good man-markers, but given the formation the team uses, it would be wiser to add Tshepo 'Talk Talk' Motlhabankwe in the central defence so as to add attack or launch build ups from this position.

That way he can help release the midfielders to be in a more attacking zone, as he is very comfortable on the ball. Both Thuma and Ndiyapo are not good at driving the ball like Talkie can do. So Tshosane need to experiment or tinker with his players because countries like Ghana cannot be defeated if we are not able to hold onto the ball as well. Usually teams that are good at attacking are not so great when the same approach is used against them. Two draws away in West Africa can only motivate the team better.

There is however need for greater unity in the team. Reports of a near mutiny in Niger are not good for the team's morale. The Botswana Football Association together with the team's management, ought to ensure that there is transparency and a communication to players.

Strikes are usually a result of breakdown in communication or lack of transparency. Equally, I do not expect the players to resort to cowboy tactics or black mail. Otherwise Go Zebras Go, especially that the government has vowed to do everything in its power to help the team.

 

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