The reigning BTC premiership champions Township Rollers this week confirmed that they hosted a Kaizer Chiefs entourage, which included headcoach Steve Komphela, football manager Bobby Motaung and General Manager Gerald Sibeko.
Nevertheless, Rollers said the South African Premier Soccer League giants have not yet made offers for any of their players. Speculation was rife that Chiefs were after two Rollers players following the Mascom Top 8 second leg game between Rollers and Police XI.
The Kaizer Chiefs entourage was spotted at the national stadium where the game was played leading many to speculate that the Johannesburg-based outfit was after the likes of Segolame Boy and Mosha Gaolaolwe. Earlier this week, the popular SA football publication Kick off reported that Komphela, Motaung and Sibeko were scouting for talent in Botswana with both Boy and Gaolaolwe in their radar.
Speaking to Sun Sports this week, Popa spokesperson, Bafana Pheto said they have an ongoing relationship with Chiefs. Pheto explained that the Chiefs entourage requested to come and watch the Mascom Top 8 encounter since they did not have training on Mondays.
Pheto said he was not aware of any offers made by Chiefs for any of their players. “They left this morning (Tuesday) with the Rollers General Manager Sidney Magagane. He is in the Rollers’ technical team and he is the one who can appraise the (Rollers) executive committee on what they spoke about,” he said. Moreover, Pheto said they expected the two teams to continue visiting one another.
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.”