Two local athletes Tlotlang Theetso and Panakie Thoolebe are all set to represent the country at the 2017 Karatenomich Federation (KWF) World Cup and Conference scheduled for Malta on the 28th September. This week two of the athletes Theetso (U60 kg) and Thoolebe (68kg) said they are ready to take on the world in Malta. Following their impressive performance over the weekend during the Botswana KWF championships held in Gaborone the U18 team athletes said they are aiming to shock their more fancied opponents in the European nation.
Theetso recently won gold in individual Kumite and bronze in Kata while Thoolebe settled for silver after losing to the experienced Lame Hetanang in a local tournament. The duo is from Jwana Karate Academy in Moshupa. Both athletes train under the watchful eye of Sensei Mompati Mpebe who also happens to be KWF Botswana chairperson. Theetso (20) said he will stop at nothing to ensure that he comes home with a medal.
“ I am looking forward to giving my best, I have prepared thoroughly for the tournament and I feel that I am ready to lock heads with the best in Malta,” Theetso said. Theetso has been one of the hardest working athletes in the under 60kg. However his hard work finally paid off last week Sunday where he was honoured with a black belt. However the young lad did not shy away from disclosing his dissatisfaction with the Botswana Karate Association (BOKA) refereeing panel. “It is a complicated issue, they are not doing enough to sharpen us as athletes. According to Theetso the refereeing panel is not fair at all. “There is a lot of club favouritism and that does not sit well with most of us,” he said.
The outspoken athletes said they long aired their grievances with their club leadership but were told to rather focus on playing Karate and refrain from politics. Meanwhile Thoolebe said he would be looking to finish in top three positions. “I m ready, I did not perform to my level best in the open championship, I gave Hetanang too much respect.” For his part Mpebe rubbished the issue of unfair refereeing and club favouritism.“ As a referee by qualification I do not feel there is any favouritism normally when a child loses a match, they resort to pinning the blame on referees but in my view it is all fair,” Mpebe 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.”