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Fallen professional boxer Herbert Nkabiti who tragically died following a doomed boxing match against Willis Baloyi in South Africa this past weekend,  had dedicated the fight to his four-month old baby.

Speaking to the Sun Sports following Nkabiti’s death, Thembani Kuchwe, who was Nkabiti’s personal secretary, said of the tragedy. “Francistown youths have lost a friend and a motivator as the late boxer presented them with hope.” He added that Nkabiti was the chairman for the youth ambassador of Francistown under the Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture.

“Through this position, he mingled with a lot of youths and helped them achieve their goals in various aspects of life.”
He said that before the boxer left, he promised to win his bout to honour his infant child whose mother has been a pillar of Nkabiti’s life during his boxing career.

Kuchwe said that Nkabiti called him for the last time late last month inquiring about progress in sourcing sponsorships for his Hernker Investments boxing academy. “On Saturday moring, I was surprised to receive a message from a friend through Facebook asking me if indeed it was true that Nkabiti had died in South Africa following a boxing match.

“Following the message, I then made calls and I was shocked to learn of the devastating news from a South Africa.”  Loveness Moyo who was the treasurer of the Francistown Ambassadors Youth Forum described Nkabiti as a natural leader who was not shy to perform menial jobs during educational conferences.

Moyo said although Nkabiti was the chairman in the organisation, he could still do a job meant for the ushers. Meanwhile, Councillor for Boikhutso ward in Francistown, Themba Mbambo where Nkabiti was VDC Chairperson revealed that Nkabiti was a darling among residents of the ward.

“He was one individual who never used his position when it came to work as he would be seen doing the dirty jobs supposed to be done by his subordinates. He was motivating the youth in the area and I regret to say that we have lost a great hero,” Mbambo said.

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New GU Stadium Excites Mochudi based soccer rivals

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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.

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Local hockey body to incur massive financial loss post Covid-19

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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.”

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