The once vibrant and successful Botswana Volleyball Association (BVF) and its affiliates are going through a rough patch. The situation is made even worse by the fact that the national team is preparing for the 2017 Zone 6 and African championships. This season the BVF has failed to run the once successful league due to lack of sponsorship. Former BVF league sponsors Mascom Wireless ended their partnership with the sport code last season.
Police VI men and Kalavango women recently qualified for Zone VI. Police VI coach Shimaka Ngwanaotsile recently expressed disappointment over preparations ahead of regional and continental competitions. The Zone VI champions will be hosted in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. “The team is ok; problem is that we are not active this year.
There is no league and there is no how I can judge the fitness of my players,” explained Police coach. Meanwhile, Police VI Secretary General Moitshepi Phiri said they couldn’t calculate their trip to Bulawayo, as they are yet to receive the official correspondence from the local federation. “It is costly but as it stands now I cannot say how much we are going to spend. We must have invitation from the local association communicating all logistics including accommodation and transport”, explained Phiri.
Sun Sport is in possession of press release from Zimbabwe Volleyball Association, informing stakeholders that it will be hosting the 2017 edition at the ZITF hall for indoor volleyball, and Khumalo Hockey Stadium beach volleyball. The tournament will run from 7-17 December 2017. According to the press release the host expects 20 men and 20 ladies teams in both forms of the game.
It is not yet clear how many teams from Botswana received invite to participate at the regional interclub competition. In a recent interview, Kalavango coach Isaac Thengelani said his side is also awaiting correspondence from the regional office, though they have the privilege as BMW capital cup winners. “We have been organising friendly tournaments to keep players in shape.
My players also participate in beach volleyball tournaments to keep their fitness level high,” explained Kalavango coach. Mafolofolo and Kutlwano had previously played and won in women category, while men still find it hard to bring home a gold medal. BVF vice president George Keotsene could not be reached for comment as his phone rang unanswered.
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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