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THE RETURN OF THE ROYAL REDS

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REMINISING: Segopotso and Grace Lore

Miscellaneous’ founding captain recalls the days of Seretse Khama
By Dubani-wa-Dubani

The promotion of Serowe-based club Miscellaneous into the BeMobile Premier League has left him all smiles and reminiscing of the past.
Lore was captain of the fi rst bunch of schoolboys that Botswana’s fi rst President Sir Seretse Khama recruited when he formed the team way back in 1963.  He has also over the years served the team as treasurer and chairman. These days he enjoys watching the team play and giving a helping hand whenever the team needs financial or material help.
“I do not want to believe there is anybody happier than I am at the team’s promotion. I was one of the founder members of the team and it’s first captain. When you consider this you will understand my happiness,” he laments.
The Voice tracked Lore down to Gammabesi-a-Kgama, as Serowe is affectionately known. This is the birthplace of Seretse Khama, Botswana’s first president and the father of incumbent resident and paramount chief of Bangwato, Kgosikgolo Seretse Khama Ian Khama. It is also the birthplace and the home of ‘The Reds’.
“Mind you this is not the fi rst time we have been promoted to the country’s top league. We went up twice in the 1970s but we did not stay for more than a season because we lost our best players to bigger clubs. This time I believe we will stay and make an impact because we things have improved and I trust we will keep most our time,” Lore continued.
Recalling the day the club that today carries Bangwato dreams of football glory the way it’s founder carried Batswana’s aspirations of self rule, was formed Lore says; “I was captain of the Maaloso Primary School football team and one day the head of the school, Mr Seitshiro called me into his office and asked me to accompany him to Kgosi Seretse’s office. I was excited yet apprehensive because not every schoolboy gets a chance to see a Kgosi in his office.
“When we got there Seretse told us of his intentions to form a football club adding that he had chosen our school team to form the base for the new club because we were the best in the village. I was pleasantly surprised at this.”
And that was the birth of Miscellaneous in 1963, three years before the birth of Botswana. Lore explained that the team’s first colours were gold but were discarded for red and white because they clashed with the colours of the other team in the village, Motherwell.
“I do not think the new colours had anything to do with the fact Seretse was Bechuanaland (Botswana) Democratic Party leader but rival clubs called us Ma-Domkrag and we did not care. After all nearly everybody in Serowe was BDP,” Lore said.
Lore credits his family especially his wife Grace for supporting his football dreams over the years. Recalling the team’s first 11, Lore revealed that Seretse was the goalkeeper.
“He was quite good and so level headed that I do not remember him being cautioned by referees or arguing with players. We also had Lenyeletse Seretse (Minister Ndelu Seretse’s father and the fi rst Vice-President) who was a very good player too.”
Other players who have passed through the club are former Zebras and BDF XI player Mmoloki Zarrah Ramanonko, Kagiso “347” Mere who made his name with Gaborone United, Ace Ford and Wonder Tlape who played for Rollers and the Zebras, current club coach Teenage Mpote who played for Tasc and the talented Patrick Mathaba who plies his trade at Santos.
“I am proud to say we have over the years produced a lot of good players who have gone on to play for other teams. Miscellaneous has done a lot
for Botswana football and I am proud of that,” Lore said of the club that legend has it at Sir Seretse Khama formed to counter tribalism, hence its name.

WHAT OTHERS SAY

COACH:Mogomotsi

“This is the greatest moment in my football career. I started playing here as a teenager and I have always dreamt of helping it achieve better things. I am proud to have helped the club join the big boys and I am ready to work and help the team achieve bigger things in the future.”

SUPPORTER:Gosego Modise

“I have dreamt of this moment since I started supporting the club 10 years ago. It’s been quite a painful experience especially when we narrowly
missed promotion during the two consecutive seasons before this one. I see a bright future for us in the premier league.”

TECHNICAL MANAGER: Michael Motsokono

“This a great gift for the people of Serowe who have watched over the years as our cousins Bakgatla enjoyed football glory with their club Mochudi Centre Chiefs. Our time has come. All we need to do is take it cool and work hard to stay in the premier league and make our supporters
and tribe proud”.

MOTHERWELL SUPPORTER:Thuso Kabelo

“They maybe our rival but what they have done should make every Mongwato proud. I have been following Township Rollers, but they have lost my support. I am also proud that I can now talk to my cousins Bakgatla on equal terms. They have Centre Chiefs and I have Miscellaneous.”

“This is the greatest
moment in my football
career. I started playing
here as a teenager and
I have always dreamt of
helping it achieve better
things. I am proud
to have helped the club
join the big boys and I
am ready to work and
help the team achieve
bigger things in the future.”