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BGU president voted African Golf treasurer

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Botswana Golf Union (BGU) President Enoch Mushango was recently elected to serve the Africa Golf Confederation (AGC) as treasurer. AGC held its biennial congress recently in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

The Sun Sport is reliably informed that Mushango was earlier nominated for the position of Vice president, which he did not accept on time. However, Mushango’s crucial appointment comes at a time when the BGU infighting is at the highest peak. Some affiliates more especially the Gaborone Golf Club are up in arms over the redevelopment of the golf course. This week, Sun Sport investigations revealed that one of the African countries nominated the BGU president, and the communication sent to the association did not reach the Mushango before deadline.

The Southern region is well represented at continental level , with six members on the board. The continental body is headed by a Zambian Joe Malanji as the president, assisted two vice presidents from Ugandan and South Africa. “It is the objective of both BNOC and BNSC to see local administrators taking positions in continental and international sporting organisations. The meeting recognised that Botswana is a stable economy.

They believe the AGC funds would be safe in Botswana,” an elated Mushango said this week. Sun sport has since learnt that the continental body does have an office yet. During the interview Mushango expressed hope that AGC may open its office in Botswana. “It is an opportunity to link the AGC funds management and propose that AGC head office be resident in Botswana. We can take advantage of the GGC redevelopment and offer space there,” he said. BGU is however expected to host the All Africa Junior tournament in 2019, and region 5 (Zone 6) in 2020.

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New GU Stadium Excites Mochudi based soccer rivals

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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.

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Local hockey body to incur massive financial loss post Covid-19

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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.”

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