Local Airline booking and ticketing Company XL Skyways Travel has donated P750 000 to Botswana Football Association (BFA). The donation was unveiled this past Tuesday in Gaborone.
Speaking at the event, the Marketing Manager of Skyways Botswana Lefa Moatlhodi explained that the financial assistance will be used in a period of three years. Every year the company will disburse P250 000.
“Supporting the BFA’s cause of professionalizing football in the country would come with countless benefits to the economy. These funds could go towards that,” he said. Moatlhodi noted that there is great talent in Botswana and it only needs to be cultivated.
He said if BFA can press all the right buttons as far as development is concerned, Botswana will in the near future export talent. Moatlhodi added that football is the vechicle that Botswana could use to position themselves strategically as strong brands.
The funds, he said could also be injected into supporting the national team (Zebras) materially to perform well and build the country brand. For his part, BFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mfolo Mfolo said the funds will go towards development programmes and women football in all the 17 BFA regions.
Mfolo said that each region will receive about P 11 000. “With that we hope that they will be able to pay transportation and pay referees,” he said.
Mfolo said that the money will not cover all expenses, however they are hopeful that it will reduce the financial strain at regional level. He warned that they expect strict accountability on the funds if not, they will certainly crack the whip.
Mfolo added that it was important that they take development seriously because they are feeders to the elite league and that will lead to a strong national team.
New GU Stadium Excites Mochudi based soccer rivals
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.
Local hockey body to incur massive financial loss post Covid-19
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.”