After securing his first win since taking over as the national team coach, Major David Bright is confident that the Zebras will be oozing confidence when they play Namibia in a friendly game this weekend. After their staggering 2-0 win against Ethiopia, Bright said it doesn’t matter how his side got the win and highlighted that the most vital facet is the win registered against a strong Ethiopina.
“What matters is that we won and the how part doesn’t matter to us, we scored penalties because our players were denied clear scoring opportunities,” the veteran coach said in an interview this past weekend. When Bright revealed his squad, there was criticism from local football observers and supporters. However the coach, commands years of experience in top-flight football.
Moreover Jerome Ramathakwana made a dramatic come back and hit the target from the spot twice during the game after years of absence from the national team. Ramatlhakwana has been Bright’s hopes in the frontline from his days at Bright’s highly successful under 23 side dubbed the ‘Dream team,’ which came close to qualifying for the Olympic Games.
The striker looks set to take up the usual role in front of goal. “It’s good to be back and as long as my legs allow me, I will don the national team jersey, we kept a clean sheet in our last game and we finally score, we will go into the next game with loads of confidence after the motivation of the last win.” Ramathakwana said in a post match interview.
Another player expected to be in Major Bright’s line up against Namibia is Tshepho Motlhabankwe “ Talk-talk is a mature player we did not play him against Ethiopia because we wanted him to recover after playing for his club midweek, he is an old player and he cannot cry foul that he wasn’t given a chance but against Namibia he is surely going to start,” Bright said.
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.”