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Malesu targets BNOC presidency

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The search for the new Botswana National Olympic Committee president just got a lot more interesting. This week outgoing BFA Chief Executive Officer Ookeditse Malesu declared his interest to contest for the BNOC top position scheduled for the end of October. This will not be the first time Malesu tries his luck at the top seat.

Malesu is expected to battle it out with Tebogo Lebotse Sebego, Botsang Tshenyego, France Mabiletsa and Daniel Molaodi. Malesu lost to the incumbent president Negroes Kgosietsile some four years ago. The former Botswana Karate Association (BOKA) president recently revealed that he has backing from about 12 leaders of sport associations who called and asked him to contest for the top position.

“I was initially asked to stand for senior vice president, but I received three calls on Saturday. On Sunday I got more calls requesting me to contest for the top seat,” claimed Malesu. Even though the former BFA boss joined the race rather close to the AGM, he is positive of making an impact during the watershed election that will usher in new leadership at BNOC.

Malesu resigned as BFA CEO about a week ago. Speculation around football circles suggested that Malesu might have been pushed from the BFA hot seat after about six months at the helm. Sun Sports is reliably informed that the government backs one candidate (known to this publication), while the other might be used as a political pawn to make way for the government favourite.

BNOC affiliates will be heading to an elective congress sometimes in October. Recently BNOC outgoing president Negros Kgosietsile challenged candidate to desist from pointing at his failures at the helm of the elite sport body. During a recent Ordinary General Assembly Kgosietsile encouraged affiliates to give women a chance to contest for top positions.

One of the top seat candidates and incumbent senior vice president Botsang Tshenyego lobby list is made of incumbent executive members, with an option to fill top positions of senior vice president when he ascends to presidency and the 2nd vice president held by veteran administrator Letsholo Letsholo. The other interesting race will be for Senior Vice president and first presidents.

Bernadette Moruti is one of the few and incumbent women who want to retain the seat at the Olympic movement. This was seen by some sports people as an orchestrated move to destabilise other camps. France Mabiletsa, Tebogo Lebotse-Sebego, Daniel Molaodi recently threw their hats into the presidential race. Kgosietsile recently announced that he will not be contesting for the position. The next BNOC president is expected to lead Team Botswana to the next Commonwealth (next year) and Olympic Games (2020).

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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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