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Phikwe Volleyball team collapses

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The relocating of Selibe Phikwe ladies Volleyball Club coach from Phikwe to Kang has since collapsed the club. In fact, the team has moved swiftly to withdraw from the second round of the ongoing Mascom Volleyball league.

The former coach Makgetla Gareanna told this publication this week that the club collapsed due to lack of commitment by members. He said none wanted to take the responsibility of the team hence the outcome.

“Everything was there, money and transport but they never made it to the second round, my departure did not come as a surprise, I informed all that I will be relocating,” Gareanna said. Asked if the team had no assistant coach to take over, Gareanna said that he was assisted by a volunteer who could not be trusted with the full responsibility of the team because of his young age.

He explained that his team was made up of school going players and the assistant was in no position to reason with the school authorities to release the players. The shattered coach said he loved his players and saw potential in them, however it was now beyond his control. “If all goes well, I will form a volleyball team this side and see what Kgalagadi has in store for me,” he said. For his part, Botswana Volleyball Federation (BVF) Development Officer Peaceful Seleka confirmed that indeed SVC has withdrawn from the league. He said that the Phikwe based club explained that they could not continue with the league and asked to be excused. Seleka said that it was unfortunate that a team easily crumbled because the coach was transferred elsewhere. He said this went a long way to expose that the support system was not enough in Phikwe.

“They often missed games; we tried our level best to retain them in the league however it soon became evident that the team could not function anymore,” he said. Seleka added that it did not help that the team Secretary Onalenna Nare was also transferred to Serowe saying the team needs regrouping to survive.

Meanwhile,Mag Stimela are leading the ladies league log with 34 points while Yaros limp at the bottom with only 9 points. The army men of BDF VI are dominating the men’s side with 46 points while the Desert Kings are yet to win a game and languishing at the bottom with 16 points.

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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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