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Race for power takes ugly twist at BISA

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The race for power at Botswana Integrated Sports Association (BISA) ahead of their Annual General Elections scheduled for November has taken an ugly twist. Vice President Montlenyane Radihephi is challenging President Joshua Gaotlhobogwe for the presidency. Radihephi was unleashed during the north zone meeting held in Maun a few days ago while Gaotlhobogwe was nominated in north central in Palapye.

The duo has been working together for the past four years but sources within the current committee say their relationship was a gut wrenching one. They are alleged to be silently plotting each other’s downfall. Both the president and his assistant are said to have always been at each other’s throats. “Radihephi was in hot water, Gaotlhobogwe always dumped everything on him.

He allowed him to be roasted by the association on his behalf,” said the anonymous source. When brought to speed about claims making rounds, Radihephi remained cagey but admitted that he and Gaotlhobogwe had their differences in the board room. “Like any other association, we had our differences but we always found ways of finding an amicable solution to push the BISA mandate forward,” he said.

Asked as to why he was challenging Gaotlhobogwe when many expect him to be supporting him if indeed they had a good working relationship, he said that he is following his own interests of career growth. On the other hand, Gotlhobogwe expressed great devastation over the claims. “I cannot recall any day that I stepped on anybody’s toes, me and Radihephi have always been in good books, there is no bad blood between us,” he said.

In another recent development, the current Secretary General (SG) Gomolemo Rankosha is said to be at pains because his assistant Chris topher Chikwakwa has also launched an attack against him. Chikwakwa will be looking to dethrone Rankosha from his SG position. Sun Sports is reliably informed that the two gentlemen do not see eye to eye. They have never had a solid relationship and the feud is said to have grown bigger with years. Reached for comment, Rankosha reserved his comment on the issue. Chikwakwa was unavailable for comment at time of going to print.

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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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