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.
Selibe Phikwe bowls club faces closure
Selibe-Phikwe Bowls Club faces a possible collapse, Sun Sports has learnt. This follows the closure of the BCL mine back in 2016, which has seen the club struggle without the supply of electricity and water.
Speaking to this publication this week, the chairperson of Phikwe club Oabona Motladiile said that things have been stagnant since the mine closed doors. “Nothing is happening here, there is no action at all because when the mine closed, it meant there was no one to pay for the water and electricity bills,” Motladiile said.
Motlaadile explained that their grounds are situated at Area 2, a place that the mine paid all bills for, however it has since proved very hard for them to maintain the green that needs constant watering. He said they do not have any alternative facilities to use and have since informed the Phikwe council about their difficulties but still solutions have not been found.
The Phikwe Chairman at the time of going to press said he was not sure of the exact figures they needed on a monthly basis but around 20 000 litres of water and electricity not exceeding P 1 000. He lamented that the Phikwe club is one of the oldest clubs locally and at one point had about 30 members. However, numbers have been dropping because there is no action.
“We are a very competitive club of men and women who make it into the national team,” he said. John Gaborutwe who is the BBA Vice President said that the possible closure of Phikwe Bowls Club was one of the topical issues to be discussed during the BBA Annual General Meeting (AGM) this coming weekend. The affiliates will be expected to vote for a new Vice President, Treasurer and Director of Bowls as the term for the current office bearers expires.
The AGM will be followed by the start of the Rose Bowl tournament. The tournament is the 1st of the 5-series major tournaments for the 2019 season. The remaining tournaments will be held in Francistown, Orapa, Jwaneng and Phikwe respectively. Jwaneng club is the defending champions.
BFA FIRES BRIGHT
Allegations coming out of the Botswana Football Association (BFA) are that national football team head coach Major David Bright has been fired as of Tuesday this week. The illustrious veteran tactician took over from Englishman Peter James Butler more than a year ago.
At the helm of the Zebras, Bright struggled to bring home positive results and find winning combinations. Having failed to lead Zebras past the qualifying stages of the 2019 Afcon competition was the first sign of trouble for the veteran coach at Lekidi. Furthermore the experienced tactician was expected to improve Botswana’s position in the FIFA world rankings. The Zebras are currently in the lowly 145th position.
According to sources close to the matter, Bright was handed a termination letter and challenged to show cause why he should not be relieved of his duties at Lekidi. As one of the most decorated coaches in both Botswana and CAF region, Bright has coached numerous teams including South Africa’s Bay United, Gaborone United and Morupule Wonders.
Reached for comment on the matter the BFA president Maclean Letshwiti insisted that the former army man is still in charge of the senior national team. For his part Bright said he could not comment on the matter and referred Sun Sport to the BFA.
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