Jwaneng Galaxy star winger Sekhana ‘Nandos’ Koko is currently recovering from a devastating leg injury that left him out of actions for close to year. The injury happened during a Mascom Top 8 fixture last season. The influential player who has played for clubs like Flamingo Santos, Township Rollers and Mochudi Centre Chiefs this week spoke to Sun Sports Reporter ISAAC PHEKO on his long awaited come back and the future of his football career.
Q: Have you fully recovered from the injuries you suffered during the Mascom Top 8 last season?
A: I haven’t recovered fully, remember I had complete reconstruction of the knee ligaments. The injury was just too severe so the recovery period is 10 months. I am expected to have fully recovered by October 2017 as the surgery was done in December 2016. Personally I feel much better. I believe by then I will have fully recovered by next month. Everything is on the right track so far.
Q: Are you returning to Jwaneng Galaxy as a player?
A: My contract with Galaxy was one year. That means it was supposed to conclude at the end of July 2017. However, the injury period overlapped beyond the contract. However, I haven’t fully recovered and I will still be with Galaxy because they are still covering my medical expenses. Any new developments will come after my recovery.
Q: How long are you planning to play competitive football?
A: My intentions were to play football until my legs could not carry me anymore but now this whole scenario has changed everything, as I cannot confirm anything until I am up and running again. Nevertheless if I recover well, I want to believe I can still come back as a player.
Q: Are you going to return to Galaxy as a player?
A: This one can only be answered when I have fully recovered.
Q: Please share you future plans after competitive football?
A: Well I want to come back and add value to sports in Botswana, be it technically or administratively it’s still fine. All I want is to see myself involved in sports generally in this country. I have enrolled in coaching courses as I now have CAF C licence. I have also enrolled in an online Football Marketing and Management course.
Q: Are you planning to take on a full career as a coach?
A: If the opportunity comes I will definitely take it with both hands. I love coaching as well.
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.”