Members of National First Division outfit Notwane FC to take over as chairman have reportedly approached former Botswana Football Association (BFA) president Tebogo Sebego. Reports reaching Sun Sports are that Notwane supporters are unhappy with the current committee chairman Chimidzani Chimidza who recently took over from Arnold Somolekae. Chimidza’s main objective was to lead the club back to the elite league.
Sun Sports investigations this week revealed that the Chairman who resides in Serowe has lost control of the Toronto executive committee. Chimidzani is accused of failing to oversee the replacement of the Notwane team manager after his transfer to Serowe. With the 2017/18 season about to begin Notwane are yet to finalise its squad. Notwane were relegated at the end of 2015/16 season after losing a play-off match to FC Satmos in Serowe. Toronto, as Notwane is popularly known, failed to make a straight return to the top league after failing to unseat Santos for the second spot in the play offs.
Those sceptical about Sebego take over believe financially stable supporters who finance the club may not be willing to work with former BFA president. A reliable source close to the club said the current chairman is staying in Serowe, which has a bearing in the overall performance of the committee. The deputy chairman Prince Mosanana who lives in Kanye is said to be a very busy man.
“We failed to guide the club to the elite league due to lack of visionary leadership, not because of players ability,” a source close to the team said this week. Reached for comment, Chimidza said he was not aware of any impending insurgence among the Sechaba faithful. ”This is news to me. You cannot please everyone,” said Chimidza. The club chairman said the club pre-season performance is promising therefore there is no need to panic. However, Chimidza could not reveal dates for AGM before communicating with members.
Information reaching Sun Sport is that Sebego has shown interest in joining Toronto. The club Public relations officer Julius Baitumetse could not be drawn into discussing recent developments at Sechaba. However Sun Sport sources said those against the current chairman are preparing a team to work with the former BFA president. “We believe he is the right man for the job, looking at his character.
Notwane need someone who can stamp his/her authority as far as administration is concerned,” said a source close to the issue. This week Sebego confirmed that some members of the club had been persistently asking him to come and assist at the club. “I am yet to make a final call to it, but as a supporter I will like to see the club back the in top league,” said Sebego. Some of the decisions had to be taken,”Sebego said.
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.”