Botswana’s softball national men’s team is aiming to finish in top 8 at the upcoming World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC). The international competition is scheduled for 7th July in Whitehorse Yukon, Canada.
In a recent interview national men’s team head coach Pako Maforaga said he does not expect anything less than top 8 from his charges in Canada. Botswana was last represented at the world showpiece in 2009 and this year’s event is expected to attract about 20 countries from different continents.
Maforaga does not seem fazed by the competition at the world stage. Following their triumph against South Africa in an international friendly in Gaborone this past weekend, the coach believes that his team is ready to make the country proud in Yukon.
Maforaga said the aim is to use the friendly games to gauge and identify gaps and holes in the team. “There is still room for adjustments and with the little time we have left. I am confident that we shall prevail,” he said.
The coach says he still needs to put more effort in his offensive, noting that his men struggled a bit when it came to high balls hence the need for improvement.
Pitching wise, he was more than impressed with how they managed to contain team SA and applauded the team for handling themselves like true professionals on the day. Moreover, the enthusiastic coach said he expects to take his first three matches head-on; he is scheduled to face Great Britain on the first day followed by Japan and Denmark the following day.
“Those countries are not great powerhouses or anything, we shall take them head on, resource wise we cannot rate them much higher than us, we can still match their preparedness. We are in a good position to battle to the bitter end,” he assured.
One of his catchers Thabiso Radithobane had sustained an injury, however according to Maforaga, he has been declared medically fit. “My team is free from major injuries which in most cases are a result of muscle fatigue,” said the coach.
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.”