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Katisenge opens Chess Academy

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Former Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) spokesperson and award winning sports administrator Keenese Katisenge this week announced the opening of her new Chess Academy called Limitless Minds Chess Academy.

According to Katisenge the academy intends on contributing positively to the society by using chess as a tool for empowerment and social inclusion. Katisenge who follows in the footsteps of Women Candidate Master Boitshoko Mudongo said she intends to make a positive impact in society and produce exceptional individuals who will transcend the chessboard with their achievements.

The academy she said shall compliment the efforts of the BCF in developing and advancing the game of chess in communities of special needs. “One of the academy’s first projects will be the Chess for the Blind Initiative,” she said. The enthusiastic Katisenge argues that the blind are often neglected. However they are those who are interested in the game.Preparations for the project are at an advanced stage and it will be rolled out sometime soon in Mochudi. This initiative she said is in line with international sports policies of sports for all.

For chess is a game of strategy and empowers the mind, Limitless Minds Chess Academy wants to take advantage of this to demonstrate the beauty of the game. The academy will help add value to chess through empowerment workshops/ seminars, Chess training camps and International chess tournaments of high standard. The main objectives of the above activities will be to enhance the relevance of the game in the society and help alleviate some social ills such as alcohol and drug abuse amongst the youth.

Reduce statistics of school dropouts, unwanted pregnancies and other negative consequences within the society. In sport circles, Katisenge has a lot of experience after recently representing Botswana at the United Nations Youth Leadership Summit on Sport for Development and Social Impact, which was hosted in Florida, USA. While there she learnt and appreciated the importance of community sports academies. She served BCF for eight years and holds the FIDE Arbiter (FA) National Instructor (NI) and International Organiser (IO) chess administration titles. Katisenge is currently serving as a Councillor for the World Chess Federation Commission for Women in Chess and also as Secretary for the African Chess Confederation Women’s Commission.

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Selibe Phikwe bowls club faces closure

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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.

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BFA FIRES BRIGHT

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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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