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Motor Centre Tennis Tourney this weekend

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RAQUET ACTION: The Motor Centre tourney is on Source:The Midweek Sun

Motor Centre Botswana’s annual tennis tournament scheduled for 14-17 July will take place at the Notwane Tennis Courts from 9 am this Saturday.

The popular tournament will feature both men and women matches.Anyone from the age of 16 is welcome to compete in the open tournament and registration is open until 12 July for a fee of P300 while spectators will watch for free.

The tournament will feature teams from South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zambia, Mozambique, Namibia, Congo, Zimbabwe others who haven’t registered yet. The categories are women and men singles, women and men doubles as well as veteran singles and doubles (40+ years old men and ladies 32+ years old). Top 8 in 18+ years in each category and Veterans top 2 will walk away with prize money, with first place men singles going home with P10 000 and P8000 for women first place singles.

In an interview with Sun Sports, the Public Relations and Marketing manager, Shelton Benzah said the two main intentions of this tournament is to give the Botswana tennis players exposure to the best players from all over Africa. The other is for ranking purposes.

Categorised into two parts, the seniors and juniors, the former is ongoing this week while the Juniors will take place on the 03 to 05 August 2018. Juniors will have under 10,12,14,16 and 18 years old categories. Benzah thanked Motor Centre Toyota for the more than 27 years’ partnership and urged all tennis enthusiasts to come and support.

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Ghetto awaits Mascom top 8 duel

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It’s that time of the year again when local football supporters embark on an annual pilgrimage to the Francistown Sports Complex where two deserving teams will take centre stage during the Mascom Top 8 Final. Both Gaborone United (GU)and Jwaneng Galaxy return to the finals, the former looking to win an astounding third title while Galaxy will be in search of their second title in three years.

Despite GU or the Money Machine as it is known sitting on position 7th on the BTC Premiership Table, they are tipped as the favourites to win this prestigious trophy. With a wealth of experience in the team and their big match temperament, GU can go all the way and write the history books by being the first club to win three Mascom Top 8 titles.

Gaborone United gaffer Philemon Makhwengwe will have to be up to his best, saturated with smart tactics and soothing combinations of play, with industrious players like Jerome Ramatlhakwana, Dirang Moloi, Gaopatwe Seosenyeng, Thatayaone Kgamanyane and Goitseone Phoko guarding the sticks. Makhwengwe is likely to pack his rich midfield with the likes of Rentse Keakabetse, captain Alphonse Modisaotsile, Obonywe Maome and Gaopatwe Seosenyeng to kill the mobility of Jwaneng Galaxy and limit spaces behind the defense.

Dirang Moloi and Thatayone Kgamayane are expected to play behind Jerome Ramatlhakwane as supporting strikers as Makhwengwe will also enjoy adding for power in his attack, the two players are expected to put through Ramatlhakwana, whose goal scoring prowess is second to none. On the other hand, Jwaneng Galaxy is a club enjoying a very good run of form, the Jwaneng based outfits are currently challenging for BTC Premiership honors and the Mascom Top 8 title; as things stand they will not be a walk in the park.

Miguel Da Costa will carry his troops to battle on Saturday night and will definitely bring his finest mind to the game, his unsurpassed tactics will also boil down in the technical area, the coach has proven to be an all-out attacker with a cautious mindset so expectation are he will have Lebogang Ditsele guarding and working closely to the four men defense while the pondering captain Olebogeng Malebye is unleashed for attacking and defending duties.

Galaxy will depend on Gilbert Baruti and Thero Setsile to unlock the GU defensive line with skill and pace on the flanks, should the two not be up to task Gift Moyo can always come on to rescue the day. Patrick Kaunda will have to be on his toes holding the ball for the oncoming attackers and fending off defenders every moment.

Tebogo Sembowa remains to be a lucky charm in the tournament having played four finals and winning them all, Galaxy will count him as their lucky charm as the player looks to add his fifth Mascom Top 8 medal this weekend. One player that Galaxy will pin their hopes on is the lanky short stopper, Ezikiel Morake who has enjoyed his game in this tournament.

Morake is capable of winning the game for his side, with his admirable reflexes and his ability to make key long ball passes to his strikers. Morake can also be vital when his defense is caught napping, the goal minder is a one on one specialist who knows how to spread his body when facing a striker.

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BOMAID sponsors Gaborone Marathon

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Local medical aid company, BOMAID has sponsored the 2019 Gaborone Marathon to the tune of P200 000. The international Marathon that includes the 42 km main race, the 21km and 10km races is scheduled for 12 May starting at the Grand Palm.

Through the Gaborone Marathon sponsorship, BOMAID hopes to encourage a healthy lifestyle and contribute towards the health sector and add value to the economy.

The sponsorship was unveiled in Gaborone this past week. Some of the reasons put forward for sponsoring the DGM include giving back to the community and aiding disadvantaged groups.
BOMAID aims to achieve this through the DGM’s charity work. The medical aid company further aims to create a healthy lifestyle among Batswana.

Speaking during the sponsorship announcement, BOMAID Chief Executive Officer, Moraki Mokgosana said the company is tasked with ensuring wellness and good health for members, ensuring that they live a healthy life.

“Over and above encouraging exercise as a form of wellness, we also have screening and prevention benefits to help curb the rise of non-communicable disease,” he said.

For her part, BOMAID Sales and Marketing Manager, Beilah Mapitse said, “funding of the marathon is a means of accessing a wide range of the organisation’s target audience, both members and potential clients.

This also positions BOMAID as a caring healthcare provider and allows us as business owners to relate directly to our stakeholders.”

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