Local professional boxing supporters and enthusiasts are expected to throng the Big 5 lodge in Mogoditshane on September 29th for the Independence eve Fight Night event. The professional boxing card featuring five actions packed bouts is organised by Melroy promotions under the Professional Boxing Association of Botswana (PBAB).
The main event for the night will feature four times national champion and super bantamweight prospect Onkarabile Mothibedi. Mothibedi will be facing experienced South African Thamasanqa Cele in what is expected to be an epic 6 rounds of boxing at 55.3kg. In an interview this week, the taciturn local boxing sensation said he was positive to continue where he left off after defeating Zambian Bernard Mwango in a closely contested four rounder. Mothibedi, who is currently on training camp, said his coach Larona Francis has since intensified their program to fit the longer six round bouts.
Mothibedi commands respect and a huge following among the boxing community in Botswana.“ My ambition is to compete at the highest levels in the professional ranks. My boxing idol is the great Floyd Mayweather and I want to emulate his legendary pro boxing record,” said the ambitious Mothibedi. Nevertheless Mothibedi who hails from Goodhope in the Barolong district said he was aware that his opponent is a closed book but this did not faze him due to the training game plan his coach was cooking up.
In an interview this week Professional Boxing Associations of Botswana (PBAB) president Tsietsi ‘Shakes’ Kebualemang said they were happy to sanction the Independence boxing event. “Melroy has applied, we have met them and they submitted some documents and we have given them green light to advertise the event. As soon as they satisfy all the requirements, we will sign a contract,” Kebualemang said. Moreover, Tsietsi said professional boxing was growing rapidly in Botswana as they are expected to sanction about three boxing cards before the end of the year.
The under cards for the night includes a welterweight bout featuring Tshepiso Mokgadi and Alex Thobela of SA. National team hero and 2013 Commonwealth Youth games Bronze medallist Robby Botshelo will be making his debut against SA’s Ramaliba Fhulufhelo in the middleweight division. The other two bouts will feature Bond boxing promotion stars Thato Monabana vs Thabiso Mpolokeng and Tshepo Khutloeng vs Maiketso Moreki. The tickets include corporate at P4000, VIP atP500 and a general ticket P100.Event sponsors include Bokone Reticulation and Electrical Systems (BRES), Extramile Express, La Santé restaurant, Joy foundation and Ayin media flow.
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.”