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Goulden leads GIM

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Former softball player and Debswana Mining Company Corporate Affairs Manager, Naledi Dikgomo- Goulden has taken over as the new Gaborone International Meet (GIM) Local Organising Committee Chairperson.

Goulden and her team were unveiled this past Tuesday in Gaborone. At the LOC launch, Goulden told this publication that they have already begun preparations for the 2019 GIM event.
The intention, she said is to ensure that they bring out a bigger and exciting event, “We have already strategized on how best to prepare for next year. We anticipate the GIM to grow from strength to strength annually and we can only achieve that if we start spreading our wings as early as now,” she said.

The optimistic Goulden noted that she is not intimidated by the fact that she is succeeding a male figure, the former chairman, Barulaganye Mogotsi. “I do not see myself as a woman because I know that I am equally capable of leading my team and achieving the desired results,” Goulden assured.During her term as the GIM boss for the next 12 months, her area of focus will be to ensure that they sell the event both locally and across borders. She noted that 2018 event was blessed with the presence of a few international athletes and they will have to double their efforts next year.

Still at the event, the Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development (MYESCD) Mogomotsi Kaboyamodimo said that they remain committed to assisting any entity that aims to develop sports locally. He said such initiatives add to the success stories of Botswana sports.

He applauded the Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) for their unwavering support towards the GIM, saying it is only through their support that local stars such as 800m runner Nigel Amos and Christene Botlogetswe of 400m continue to blossom at international level.

The 2019 GIM LOC also has Keenese Katisenge as head of Marketing, Bosenogile Mpiwa is in charge of finance and George Mokone Medical. Tshepo Kelaotswe for technical matters, Tshepang Othusitse heading operations while Calistus Kolantsho is the GIM spokesperson. Kitso Kemoeng adds to the list as the General Manager and Gabriel Ngele leading the project management & risk control area.

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Selibe Phikwe bowls club faces closure

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Selibe-Phikwe Bowls Club faces a possible collapse, Sun Sports has learnt. This follows the closure of the BCL mine back in 2016, which has seen the club struggle without the supply of electricity and water.

Speaking to this publication this week, the chairperson of Phikwe club Oabona Motladiile said that things have been stagnant since the mine closed doors. “Nothing is happening here, there is no action at all because when the mine closed, it meant there was no one to pay for the water and electricity bills,” Motladiile said.

Motlaadile explained that their grounds are situated at Area 2, a place that the mine paid all bills for, however it has since proved very hard for them to maintain the green that needs constant watering. He said they do not have any alternative facilities to use and have since informed the Phikwe council about their difficulties but still solutions have not been found.

The Phikwe Chairman at the time of going to press said he was not sure of the exact figures they needed on a monthly basis but around 20 000 litres of water and electricity not exceeding P 1 000. He lamented that the Phikwe club is one of the oldest clubs locally and at one point had about 30 members. However, numbers have been dropping because there is no action.

“We are a very competitive club of men and women who make it into the national team,” he said. John Gaborutwe who is the BBA Vice President said that the possible closure of Phikwe Bowls Club was one of the topical issues to be discussed during the BBA Annual General Meeting (AGM) this coming weekend. The affiliates will be expected to vote for a new Vice President, Treasurer and Director of Bowls as the term for the current office bearers expires.

The AGM will be followed by the start of the Rose Bowl tournament. The tournament is the 1st of the 5-series major tournaments for the 2019 season. The remaining tournaments will be held in Francistown, Orapa, Jwaneng and Phikwe respectively. Jwaneng club is the defending champions.

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BFA FIRES BRIGHT

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Allegations coming out of the Botswana Football Association (BFA) are that national football team head coach Major David Bright has been fired as of Tuesday this week. The illustrious veteran tactician took over from Englishman Peter James Butler more than a year ago.

At the helm of the Zebras, Bright struggled to bring home positive results and find winning combinations. Having failed to lead Zebras past the qualifying stages of the 2019 Afcon competition was the first sign of trouble for the veteran coach at Lekidi. Furthermore the experienced tactician was expected to improve Botswana’s position in the FIFA world rankings. The Zebras are currently in the lowly 145th position.

According to sources close to the matter, Bright was handed a termination letter and challenged to show cause why he should not be relieved of his duties at Lekidi. As one of the most decorated coaches in both Botswana and CAF region, Bright has coached numerous teams including South Africa’s Bay United, Gaborone United and Morupule Wonders.

Reached for comment on the matter the BFA president Maclean Letshwiti insisted that the former army man is still in charge of the senior national team. For his part Bright said he could not comment on the matter and referred Sun Sport to the BFA.

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