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Ladies’ chess team doing well in Zambia

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Women International Master (WIM) BoikhutsoMudongo, Onkemetse Francis, Tshepiso Lopang and Ndachipiwa Kgomotso are currently dominating the ladies’ section at the on-going Zone 4.3 Chess tournament in Livingstone, Zambia. According to Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) Public Relations Officer Kutlwano Tatolo, the four ladies representing the country at the championships are performing exceptionally well.

Mudongo is leading the pack with two points together with Francis and Lopang. Kgomotso has managed to secure only one point so far. On the other hand, national open section champion Fide Master (FM) Barileng Gaealafshwe and his partner Puso Mabetu have managed to accumulate 1.5 points each in all their three games and still have about 7 more rounds to go.

The tournament has attracted participants from all over Southern Africa with countries such as Zambia, South Africa, Angola and Zimbabwe. It began on 9th of June and will end on the 18th 2017.

The team is being managed by the newly-elected tournament and Ratings Director Lesego Selemogwe and under the close watch of Ivon Makabe as team coach.

Tatolo said the aim is to get players such as Mabetu and Kgomotso to acquire titles and also ensure that the country’s top players are given an opportunity to compete with other highly ranked players from other countries and consequently improve their performances. She explained that based on the current performance of the players, BCF is certain that team Botswana will bring home a few medals from the highly-competitive tournament.

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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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