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Rising chess star defeats Grand Master

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Local chess player Candidate Master (CM) Ndawana Mosenya is on a mission to acquire a new Fide Master (FM) title by the end of this year. Speaking to this publication in an interview this week, Mosenya said that he is aiming for the stars and his intention is to change his current rankings and title (CM). The ambitious Mosenya feels that the current title does not suit his current game level. “I feel above it, this is my year of breakthrough and bringing home positive results. This is a work in progress that I am willing to undergo,” he said.

As one of the best performing senior chess players locally, Mosenya is convinced that he is currently at the peak of his chess career and his recent performance serves as testimony. Mosenya draws inspiration from his past weekend victory where he managed to defeat and humble British Grandmaster Nigel Short during the Talking Squares Chess Trust Grandmasters programme tournament.

During the weekend simultaneous clash between Short and 22 other local athletes, Mosenya made the chess community proud when he became the only Motswana to defeat the highly rated British grandmaster. The local player managed to contain Short throughout the game until he finally embarrassed him in the end. “My strategy was to play to the best of my ability and avoid unnecessary mistakes, I pushed him to a point where he could no longer contain the pressure and I took over,” Mosenya said. He noted that he managed to pull it off through intensive training and proper research on short, saying he watched more of his games and studied his way of play on the Internet.

Moreover, team Botswana managed to give Short a good run for his money as the Grandmaster found himself neck to neck with the likes of Moakofi Notha, Kgolagano Makalane and John Hutcheson. Meanwhile Short left one of the country‘s best players Barileng Gaealafshwe in stitches during the day, coming into the tournament, Gaealafshwe had said that it was a dream come true for him to play against the grandmaster. However Short did not have any mercy on the local player, “I did not play my opening game well, nevertheless it was a lesson well learnt, I have since gone back to the drawing board and will do better next time,” he said.

For his part, the founder of the trust Kenneth Boikhutswane said they managed to reach an agreement with Short, that he will play the ambassadorial role of their project. He is also said to have promised to find a grandmaster who can reside in Botswana and deliver the project. Short is also said to have promised that he will then visit Botswana once or twice a year to review the implementation of the programme with the resident grandmaster.

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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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