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Inaugural Dlala cup in Maun

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Bank Gaborone has splashed a whopping P 100 000 towards the Bank Gaborone Dlala Cup football tournament scheduled for Maun this weekend. The sponsorship was launched yesterday in Gaborone. The Bank, in collaboration with Uturndipsy Trust, founded by local football legend Diphetogo Selolwane will host a one day football tournament as a way of raising funds for the trust.

As a retired athlete, Selolwane has embarked on a journey to give back to the local sport fraternity. The former GU player recently opened a football academy in Gaborone where he nurtures young and upcoming football talent.

The tournament will pit BTC premiership giants Orapa United and the red hot Security Systems in the morning while BDF XI will take on Sankoyo Bush Bucks at Maun Sports Complex later on the day. Speaking during the tournament launch in Gaborone yesterday (Tuesday), Selolwane said as retired athletes, they feel bound to give back to the community but often find it difficult to satisfy their dreams due to lack of resources. Selolwane implored the business community to assist retired athletes to give back to the community by tapping into their experienced sport skills and investing in them financially.

Having played professional football for close to a decade, Selolwane said it is disheartening to work whole hard for the country and return to poverty upon retiring.“We just need partners like Bank Gaborone to lift us, there are so many former players out there and they served the country very well. Please do not celebrate them based on how much they made us proud, do something for them,” the former Zebras striker said. Moreover Selolwane explained that they decided on the four teams as they are dressed by one of their partners being Dlala sportswear.

Tickets are already selling at P50 grandstand and P30 elsewhere and expected to be available in Maun starting from today. For his part Bank Gaborone Managing Director Sybrand Coetzee said they intend to build lasting relationships with people through sport. “Football is the most popular sport in Botswana and around the world. The trust is our way of participating in the development of football in Botswana.”

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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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