The captain of the women’s senior national rugby team Kagiso Makgatho this week accused the Botswana Rugby Union (BRU) of not doing enough to support the national ladies team. Makgatho, who is also player- Coach for the Botswana Accountancy College North (BAC N) team was speaking shortly after hammering UB Rhinos 14-5 this past weekend at SSKB stadium to claim the 2017 BRU ladies league championship title.
The ladies final game was a thriller and full of flair. The pulsating game had brought the stadium to a still in the early minutes of the game. However BAC N swiftly snatched the game away from the UB side to win the national championship. The ladies showed great stamina on match day. Makgatho said that given a chance, they have the ability to perform better than their male counterparts. One of her biggest concern was the fact that the ladies team did not have its own kit. “We are currently using the men’s baggy kit, it does not fit majority of the ladies and it makes us uncomfortable,” Makgatho said.
Even though Makgatho seemed uncomfortable discussing challenges facing the ladies team, she said the management is currently relaxed and does not take them seriously.To add insult to injury, Makgatho further accused BRU of not trying hard enough to seek international friendly games for them this year. With the 2017 season already wrapped up; the team can only wait for next year. “How do they expect us to grow if we keep playing against ourselves locally, we cannot grow without competition from across borders,” she said.
The outspoken Makgatho also expressed concern that the female teams keep dying and resurfacing despite bringing home positive results at international stages. “This is an on -going complaint from us to the management,” said Makgatho.Meanwhile sources with the BRU management also expressed displeasure with rugby Botswana arguing that the ladies team performs better than their male counterparts. However the men’s team is still given more recognition. The source called on BRU to up their game.
“I am not saying we should abandon men, we need to balance the two in order to get positive results.”According to the world rugby rankings, which are determined by the male team performance, Zimbabwe and South Africa are ranked above Botswana. However the local ladies triumphed against the two countries a few months back. Reached for comment, BRU Secretary General Ernest Mantsi said he could not comment on the kit issue. “I have no comment on the matter,” he said. Nevertheless he rubbished Makgatho’s allegations concerning the friendly games drought arguing that the ladies team played against Zimbabwe and South Africa this year and that shows effort from their side.
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.”