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.
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.”