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Work on Jamali grounds ahead of Games

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The organisers of the Region 5 Youth games Gaborone 2018 are pacing behind time to ensure that construction at the Jamali grounds situated in Tlokweng are completed by the end of today (Wednesday).

The Jamali grounds have been picked for the competition’s football games that will kick start on Thursday. However during the media tour of the competition venues this week, Sun Sports realised that construction was still ongoing at Jamali grounds. The men found on site were busy working on the stands and the field of play was also uneven, “We are working under pressure because we hear these grounds might be used during the games, however we are not sure if we will manage to pull it off by end of this week,” said one of the men spotted working on the stands.

The man, dressed in green overalls, sweat dripping over his chin under the extreme scorching heat, said that it takes about two weeks to erect shades for each section of the stand and so far only three stands had shade. The entire stand on the western side was completely bare. The games Local Organising Committee chairperson Labbeus Peloewetse would later explain that the owner of the grounds insisted that there will be no shade on that particular area. Peloewetse said they have been busy at work and assured that all will be well before the games start. “I want to point out that the rolling out of the venues look and feel is still ongoing but I can assure you that it will be completed by Wednesday,” he said.

Peloewetse handed over the nine competition and twelve training venues that will be used during the youth games to AUSC Region 5 Chief Executive Officer, Stanley Mutoya. For his part, Mutoya noted that he was impressed by what Botswana has done preparing for the games.

He said he has no doubt that the country will deliver exceptionally well, saying the country has satisfied all the requirements ahead of the games. On the unfinished Jamali grounds, Mutoya noted that all that was left was to level the playing field saying they particularly prefer Jamali ground rather than the artificial turf in Lekidi (Botswana Football Association) for health reasons. “We even had COSAFA technical experts here and they have given green light that the facility can be used,” Mutoya said.

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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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