Connect with us

Sports

INF instructs BONA to assist injured Chetelo

Published

on

The International Netball Federation (INF) has appealed to Botswana Netball Association (BONA) to help local Umpire Abednico Chetelo recover from his ankle injury. Chetelo got injured when he was officiating at the Africa Cup tournament hosted in Uganda a few days before commencement of the Netball World Youth Cup (NWYC) games in July.Upon return from the official duty, BONA distanced itself from the injury saying it is the responsibility of the World body to take care of him. Chetelo’s situation forced him to solely run around town seeking medical treatment.

Meanwhile Sun Sports is in possession of leaked fresh social media conversations between INF and Chetelo, “It is a shame that the injury continues to cause issues, we look to the national associations to support your umpiring journey so please do look for any assistance with your recovery from them,” reads a message from INF. In addition , this publication has learnt that before former BONA president Tebogo Lebotse- Sebego stepped down from the netball seat this past weekend, he had received the same message from INF about two weeks ago.

Lebotse Sebego had in an earlier interview put her foot down that it is not BONA’s responsibility to assist the local umpire and only INF was better placed to respond on the issue. When reached for comment this week, Chetelo did not deny having sought clarity from the INF, “BONA has not said or assisted me with anything even up to today; maybe they will I am not sure.

My ankle is very painful and I feel helpless, the pain strikes between now and then and sometimes I am unable to walk,” Chetelo said.Four months down the line the injury is still nagging him and his netball career is blurry as he is missing out in a lot of action. According to him he has spent close to P 10 000 hard cash in his medical expenses and he foresees the amount rising. On the other side, the newly appointed BONA mouth piece Theresa Hirschfeld said BONA tried to reach out to Chetelo however he (Chetelo) had maintained that his own doctor would attend to him when he arrived from Uganda. She said, “If the Doctor which Mr Chetelo preferred was unable to assist him, Mr Chetelo needs to make this known to BONA officially. We encourage him to engage BONA in a professional manner .”

Continue Reading
Comments

Sports

Well-endowed Galaxy

Isaac Pheko

Published

on

FIRE POWER: Galaxy await Rollers

It is only the third week of the 2018/19 BTC Premiership and things are already heating up. Leading the charge is a marauding Jwaneng Galaxy who have already thrown a heavy-handed gauntlet at their rivals after recording a highly impressive 10 goals in just two games.

Galaxy’s intention has been made clear this season after leaving their first two opponents with bloody noses and tails tucked between their legs. The former Mascom Top 8 champions are in a relentless war path with the premier league title on their radar. This weekend, Galaxy host bitter rivals Township Rollers in Jwaneng in what is expected to be a football grudge match. Rollers have been a prickly thorn in Galaxy’s quest to claim the premiership silverware for the past two seasons.

This means the weekend fixture will be the most compelling of the new season. However, Galaxy seem to be packing more heat coming into the Saturday fixture having annihilated both Prisons XI (5-0) and Security Systems (5-0). Galaxy are currently occupying first position alongside second place Sharps Shooting Stars at six points apeice. The game against Popa this weekend will be a litmus test for Galaxy. If the Debswana backed side beats the reigning champions they will establish themselves as potential contenders for the 2018/19 title honours. On the flipside, a loss against Rollers will only mean the first two games were short of a bluff.

Pound for pound Mapalastina have the best squad in the domestic league but a new look Galaxy are well endowed in their own right. In an interview this week, Galaxy spokesperson Tankiso Morake said they played Rollers three times last season and all the games ended in a draw. “Remember we played Rollers in the Mascom Top 8 in Lobatse,” an up-beat Morake said. Morake further said they expected their new coach to receive his permits and start manning the bench when they play Rollers this weekend. “Our supporters have told us that they expected nothing less than league honours this season.” Morake attributes the positive result to a great pre-season.

“You will remember that there was a fake list in the media indicating that we have parted ways with most of our players. You can see that the likes of Ayanda Molefe and Isaac Paeye are still part of the team. There is a lot of competition in our team because we mostly have young players in the team including Lebogang Ditsile who played at Highlands Park in South Africa.” Furthermore, Morake conceded that Rollers are a strong team but argued that they will win the games from the technical bench. “You will remember that we started the last season back tracking but this time things are different.”

Continue Reading

Sports

Bridge team fails to impress

Published

on

The local team comprised of under 16, under 21 and under 26 categories. In an interview this week, BBF spokesperson Mbakiso Malilo did not mince his words when he described the team’s performance as terrible with all the three teams failing to qualify for the quarter finals.

“Making it to the quarter finals was our target following a good showing in the online championship by our junior team. I believe we can work on improving the playing standard for kids (under 16) as they still stand a chance to compete in the under 21 and under 26 categories for future championships,” he said.

However, Malilo explained that the local youth team gained a lot of experience as the played against more advanced rivals. Quizzed on challenges they faced with a predominantly youthful team, Malilo said: “the trip was too long and for most of the players this was their first experienced of travelling such a great distance. The jet lag ended up affecting the team’s performance as they showed signs of fatigue.” Malilo said their objective was to train young players and give them exposure to the game early on.

“We managed to network with bridge power houses like the Netherlands. Official from the European country expressed interest in training our kids through bridge clinics and enhancing the standard of play and bidding.” Malilo said they selected the junior team that travelled to China through local tournament that was held in Gaborone earlier this year. The tournament was attend by mostly tertiary school students and out of school youth in the junior and youngsters’ category. For the under 16 category we invited student from secondary schools.

Continue Reading

Trending