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Resuscitation… GU recovery begins

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REBUILDING: GU are in recovery phase Source:The Midweek Sun

The struggling Botswana Premier League prominent out-fit, Gaborone United (GU) is recuperating under the care of the team’s elderly, who have taken over the running of the embattled BTC Premiership outfit club recently.

This was revealed at a press conference in Gaborone this week.According to one of the elders, Tymon Katlholo, during the last season GU had to field an incomplete team twice, which is an unusual development. This embarrassing spell attracted attention of the team community and a recent GU Special General Meeting in Palapye declared the situation as a crisis hence the involvement of the team elders.

It was further emphasised by Seth Kaizer Brown that the club was broke and was hoping to attract sponsors before the start of the league on the 18th of August.

The General Manager, Olebile Sikwane revealed that the team has since sold two players to Chippa United, and two players to Township Rollers, among others, to ease the financial constrain.

The Money Machine have since signed a few players and are still in need of about 10 to 15 players. For his part GU chairperson Boitumelo Nsunge explained that the elders are there to supervise a smooth transition of the new management.

We want to bring young talent and experience and build a team that will stay for a minimum of ten  years to come,” Nsunge  said, adding that  he is unable to give details of the team’s losses because financial statements have not been prepared yet.

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New GU Stadium Excites Mochudi based soccer rivals

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Officials at Mochudi village’s biggest  soccer clubs Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Mochudi Rovers are excited at the news that their district will soon have a state of the art football stadium after property and construction magnate Nicholas Zackhem announced the erection of the facility for Gaborone United.

Zackhem, owner and director of Zac Construction, revealed recently to this publication that a football stadium would be built in Bokaa village at a cost of P70 million, with the hope that all phases will be completed by 2025.

Edwin Mothulatshipi, Chairman of Centre Chiefs, as well as Mochudi Rovers’ Chairman Sugar Molefhe both spoke to The Midweek Sun on what the construction of the stadium means for their respective clubs. Both admit they would jump at the opportunity to use the facility for their official matches, and based on what Gaborone United financier Zackhem has shared with The Midweek Sun, it will not be difficult for all the other clubs based around the area to use the facility. TO READ THE COMPLETE STORY, BUY THIS WEEK’S EDITION (11 August 2021) OF THE MIDWEEK SUN AT A STORE NEAR YOU.

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Local hockey body to incur massive financial loss post Covid-19

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Botswana Hockey Association (BHA) President Unaswi Matebu has confessed that her Association will suffer major financial losses post the Covid 19 pandemic that has left the sport fraternity at a standstill.

Matebu recently told this publication that the current situation does not only have tremendous effects on their schedule, but also there will be financial implications more especially that the association does not have full time sponsors.

“We had to cancel most of our calendar activities such as tournaments, national team trainings, Board meetings, and club activities since mid-March this year, all of which have cost us money to prepare for,” Matebu remarked in an interview.

Additionally she said the planning phase for their 5-year Development Plan which was supposed to be launched in June will have to be postponed. Also there are national competitions that were postponed till further notice despite them having already set up teams and having already started preparing.

“Our Indoor Hockey Senior National teams had already started preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations – a World Cup qualifier – that was supposed to be held in June, 2020, in South Africa. Our Field Hockey Senior National teams had already begun preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers that were supposed to be held in August, 2020 in Zimbabwe,” she added.

Moreover, it was going to be an excessively detailed and decorated year  for local hockey governing body, with the Youth National teams having  already began preparations for the Africa Youth Championships that were billed for September, 2020, in Ghana.

“Player conditioning has obviously been affected because athletes are currently not training as planned and what we had achieved so far might go to waste. We are only hoping that the Continental and World Hockey governing bodies will give us enough time to prepare for these competitions post the pandemic.”

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