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Mayorâ’s Cup tourney slated for July

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The recently introduced Mayor’s Cup is expected to fill the cracks left by the once popular Kabelano Charity Cup, the Health and Charity one-day tournament will kick off on July 22 and will pit four local teams against one another.

BTC premiership clubs Mochudi Center Chiefs, Extension Gunners and newly promoted sides TAFIC and Sharps Shooting Stars are expected to compete in the off-season encounter. According to Gaborone city mayor Kagiso Thutlwe the tournament will not be only used as a form of entertainment but it will be used to encourage people to test for HIV/AIDS and other chronic diseases like tuberculosis, Cancer and obesity.

“We continue to do different activities, to influence men to test for HIV as they are mostly lagging behind when it comes to testing therefore we challenge them as football lovers to come forward and test for HIV/AIDS in particular,” he stressed.

Thutlwe explained that tickets would be given out on the day for people to attend the game and test. Moreover money raised through the tournament will be donated to charity as a way of improving lives through football. For his part, the Manager at National Aids Coordinating Agency Joseph Kefas applauded the Mayor for his driven desires to improve the healthy lives of Batswana.

“Sports comes in as leisure and business, it is a good initiative that the mayor is pushing for a healthy Botswana and trying so well to align with the World Health Organization.” However the tournament is aligned to another event being the Kasi to Kasi tournament designed to unearth raw talent across the length and breadth of Gaborone. The Kasi to Kasi Tournament will kick start this weekend with G-West Select Side playing Bontleng White City and Extension 27 clashing with Old Naledi, the return leg for the games will be on the 1st July and the winners will play the final at the National Stadium on July 22.

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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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