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Mafu’s future at Magosi yet to be decided

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While financial constraints continue to hover around BTC premiership outfit Mochudi Centre Chiefs ahead of the league commencement, headcoach Bongani Mafu’s future with the team is yet to be decided. Mafu, who has been the talk of the town for quite some time now, is said to be greatly aggrieved by the financial state of Magosi Football Club.

So disgruntled is Mafu that he is reported to have sought the intervention of Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) in his pending financial headaches with Magosi. Nevertheless Magosi Spokesperson Clifford Mogomotsi said in an interview yesterday that they were expecting Mafu to be in the country yesterday (Tuesday).

Mogomotsi said they had arranged to have a lengthy discussion with the coach, in an effort to iron out any disparities between them and reach an amicable solution to the matter at hand. However Mogomotsi did not deny that they have not been paying Mafu for quite some time, saying they are currently operating without a sponsor and things are not so rosy at the moment. He also confirmed reports that they will be looking to cut out any allowances or bonuses in order to ensure that they meet their set budget.

“We will present to him what we have to offer, if he refuses nobody can force him, it will be unfortunate but the current situation is impossible,” Mogomotsi said. Meanwhile Mafu is also said to have been humiliated at one point when we was locked out of his rented house because Magosi had failed to pay his rent. “Those allegations are not true, it has never happened that our coach be locked out because we failed to pay his rent,” Mogomotsi denied.

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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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