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Gaealafshwe, Modongo dominate championship

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Candidate Master (CM) Barileng Gaealafshwe and Woman International Master (WIM) Boikhutso Modongo are champions of the 2017 Metropolitan National Chess Championships finals.

The Metropolitan championships that concluded on Monday this week in Gaborone saw Barileng going all out to defend his title in the Open Section. The event also saw Modongo beating WIM Onkemetse Francis in the ladies section.

Mudongo walked away with P7 000 prize money while Gaealafshwe bagged P7 500. Both players received medals and trophiesEven though Gaealafshwe faced serious competition from the highly-ranked International Master (IM) Providence Oatlhotse, the champion showed his mettle and emerged   victorious.

Gaealafshwe was never intimidated by Oatlhotse who dominated the first and second qualifiers of the tournament.
“I am honoured to win this title for the second time in a row, I was impressed by the level of competiveness showed by most players, indeed chess is growing in Botswana,” Gaealafshwe said after the tournament prize giving.

Oatlhotse finished in position two whereas Tebogo Pitlagano who also gave Gaealafshwe a run for his money finished third. For her part, Modongo said as a seasoned chess player, the tournament was hardly a walkover for her, as   she was given stiff competition by both WIM Tshepiso Lopang and Francis. Tshepiso finished second while Francis landed on position three in the ladies’ section.

On behalf of Metropolitan Botswana, Marketing and Communications Executive One Oreeng said great results yielded by BCF serve as an inspiration for them to continue supporting the Federation. The relationship between Metropolitan and BCF has proven to be a solid and rather fruitful one. 2017 marks the 11th year anniversary of their partnership.

The value of the metropolitan tournament sponsorship has been rising with years, it stood at P80 000 in 2013 and increased to P108 750 in 2014 whereas in 2015, 2016 and 2017, more weight was added by the sponsor to make it a galactic P120 000. As the most lucrative individual championship in the BCF calendar, Oreeng said that they are more than pleased to provide a platform for local players to become national champions.

She assured that Metropolitan will continue to offer their unwavering support to BCF and hopefully assist rising stars such as the Woman Candidate Master (WCM) Naledi Marape showcase their skills.

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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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