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BFA lands a P750K donation

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BIG CHEQUE: Skyways sponsor BFA

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.

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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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