Local tennis protégé Denzel Seetso is promising to become Botswana’s next professional tennis star. The young player’s mother Martina Seetso is ready to guide her son’s career to the highest levels in the sport. Speaking at the recently held Motor Centre Botswana Junior Open Tournament Championships in Gaborone, the doting parent said she would not rest until her son realises his dream.
Seetso believes that at the tender age of 12, her son is almost already showing strength as a player. The young Seetso is already highly rated regionally in his age group. In her opinion, Seetso said sport is no longer just entertainment and leisure but rather a decent career path that needs careful cultivation. This is the number one reason that made her pull his son out of the formal education system.
“My son loves tennis and he has goals to achieve, I will support him with everything I have, as people we need to find what we want in life and divert all our energy towards realising that dream,” she said. The young player travels a lot and his mother felt that the situation between him and a normal school would cause a rift between the two parties and in the process disrupt his career path. Seetso explained that her son is home schooled and doing exceptionally well, adding that he is set to sit for his final Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE) this year.
“Based on his current performance, he is most likely to pass with flying colours.” Nonetheless, Seetso is aware that sport is very unpredictable and unforeseen circumstances could end her son’s career. “We are prepared to pick up the pieces and move forward.” Moreover, Seetso said that tennis is a very costly sport. The passionate mother revealed that she has since hired a private coach for her son and expressed delight in that her son is winning most of his tournaments. “This should inspire other parents to play an active role in sport which could take tennis in Botswana to a whole new level.”
The 12 year old began playing at the age of 8 and his focused and yet boyish eyes when holding a tennis racket is proof of ambition beyond his years. The young Seetso hardly loses any international game he competes in Given the rock solid support system he receives from his family he said, “I have only one dream and that is becoming a professional tennis player,” the young player said. Seetso recently dominated the super 7 tournament in South Africa. He has since switched gears to play against challenging 14 players where he continues to dominate. The protégé has since moved on to pull upset victories against U 18 players at the recent Selibe Phikwe open championships early this year where he won a gold medal.
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.”