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BISA AGM embroiled in controversy

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The Botswana Integrated Sports Association (BISA) is currently embroiled in controversy following the possible elimination of one of its candidates vying for the position of Secretary General at the upcoming electoral Annual General Meeting (AGM). This comes after his South Central zonal organiser Joy Kenosi failed to submit Lesego Muzila’s nomination form to BISA office in time.

Kenosi like any other Zonal organiser was trusted with the responsibility of handing over all forms to relevant BISA authorities by the 1st of October. However in a highly controversial turnout of events, Kenosi is said to be claiming that he misplaced Muzila’s form unintentionally and only noticed his mistake last week Thursday.

The deadline for submitting the nominations forms was 28th September and according to BISA constitution rules, Muzila has been withdrawn because his nomination form was never received by the association.Meanwhile speculation is rife that Kenosi sabotaged Muzila intentionally. Kenosi is vying for the Vice President- Technical. Moreover, Kenosi’s own nomination together with other candidates were successfully handed over to BISA by him.

Only Muzila’s form is said to be missing from his submitted list.According to sources who prefer to speaking under the condition of anonymity, Kenosi’s actions raises eyebrows.“Where was his check list before submission and how did Muzila’s form get separated from the rest? We believe there is something fishy to this issue than what meets the eye,” a source said. Moreover it is also evident that the matter has aroused mixed reactions within the association and some are already calling for him to step down from running as VP Technical.

His move is alleged to have been well plotted and wanting to favour certain individuals ahead of the elections. For his part, a clearly rattled Muzila said the issue is most likely to mess up his elections campaign. He was not in a position to neither confirm nor deny the sabotage allegations. However, he expressed disappointment in Kenosi‘s actions arguing he was not careful enough hence the current mess. He said he was still waiting for formal communication from Kenosi and the association.

Moreover he is reported to have already engaged his lawyers on the matter and already seeking the way forward out of the situation. Moreover Sun Sports has been reliably informed that the missing form was received at BISA on Monday. Meanwhile Kenosi’s phone has been ringing unanswered since Monday afternoon. Efforts made to contact him at his workplace also proved futile.

Herbet Kabelo the Electoral Committee Chairperson denied having received any information about the matter, “I am afraid of commenting because we have not been notified yet, however if there is any truth in it, the board will certainly meet and we shall see how best to address the issue,” he said.On the other hand incumbent BISA president Joshua Gaotlhobogwe said the matter was a very sensitive issue to discuss and his committee was not in a position to comment. I am also a nominee so it can get very complicated,” Gaotlhobogwe said.

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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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