The 2017 Mascom Cycle challenge champion, Abeng Malete intends to defend his title during the 2018 edition scheduled for the 16th of September. Speaking to Sun Sports this week, Malete said his body was ready to spin the wheels, “I have been preparing well for the event and I will definitely retain my title,” he said.
Malete noted that his training schedule has been a fully structured and intense one with the ultimate goal to improve his race time. The rising star recorded an impressive 2:43:00 last year but wants to at least beat 2:30:00 this year. He has been competing at the Mascom Cycle Challenge for the past four years and has been a dominant force to reckon with locally. More to that he also won the 2017 Jwaneng Mine GMs challenge and the President Charity Cycle.
Locally, none intimidates the young cyclist of team Swift Cycling Club and if only wishes were horses, he would be plying his trade across the borders. He recently returned from his one -year contract with one club based in South Africa.
“I am still searching for other opportunities out there, I have dominated many races locally and I need to spread my wings further,” Malete said. Meanwhile mobile phone service providers Mascom Wireless recently splashed a whopping P250 000 towards the 2018 event. At the event, Mascom Brand and Communication Manager, Kushata Mosojane promised that they want to continue participation in cycling as a sport and provide a platform for cyclists who are at different levels of professionalism to challenge themselves. She said the intention is to attract over 200 participants this year given the 97 that attended last year.
Nevertheless Malete noted that the organizers of the race, Tsela Riders Cycling Club and the main sponsor, Mascom should ensure that there is improvement in terms of marshals to ensure safety for cyclists during the race. When reached, Tsela Riders Chairman, Charles Vaughan said they would ensure that all goes according to plan saying the intention is to grow from strength to strength. He expressed concern that there has been less road races this year due to lack of sponsors, “We are trying to push cycling awareness hence the race starts and finishes in town at the CBD complex,” he said.
Selibe Phikwe bowls club faces closure
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.
BFA FIRES BRIGHT
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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