Bokomo Botswana, as one of the Toyota Kalahari 1000km Desert race’s long-standing supporters, is growing their partnership with Team White Star in this years edition due on June 21 to the 23rd in Selibe Phikwe.
What initially started off as a sponsorship in the race car component of the Desert race has now been extended towards the quad-biking category.“As Bokomo Botswana, we recognize the exponential growth in popularity of the Toyota Kalahari 1000km Desert Race amongst locals and the international sporting fraternity. We are a local entity that aims to champion Botswana talent and this partnership with the White Star Team is our way of contributing to the legacy of the sport in our country,” stated Bokomo Botswana Marketing Manager, Monicah Tau
While the winter months usually contain people indoors, an event like this brings people together in an outside setting, allowing them to camp and enjoy the off-road landscapes that they otherwise would not have been exposed to. “Our sponsorship of the team is grounded in promoting what Botswana has to offer in terms of the natural beauty of our desert, the motor racing and quad-biking sporting talent, and the celebrated ‘Botho’ virtue which remains a binding social force amongst Batswana,” Tau continued to explain. For his part, Team White Star representative, Keith du Toit expressed gratitude to Bokomo Botswana for the continued support.
“Having the nation behind us as Team White Star fuels and invigorates us as we get ready for the race. We really want to give thanks to our partners Bokomo Botswana through the White Star brand, our followers and the nation at large for continuously encouraging us for these many years,” he said. As the motor sport racing competition grows in the country, Bokomo Botswana looks forward to the future of working with aspiring young motorists and quad bikers.
With the experience of Team White Star, they are able to reach and inspire communities and develop talents that can reach bigger international platforms. “We wish the team a safe and successful run at the race and are excited for the growth this partnership will bring for us all,” concluded Tau.
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.”