The Chief Executive Officer of Zimbabwean premier league giants Highlanders, this week ridiculed local rivals TAFIC fornot taking their brand seriously. Speaking during a press event for the weekend game between the two teams, Nhlanhla Dube poked fun at TAFIC management for failing to don their team replicas at a press conference in Francistown.
The two teams used the occasion to announce a Mascom sponsorship deal for the weekend game between the two giants at Francistown Sports complex. The Saturday game will be part of the 120 years celebration for the northern city. Doning the Highlanders black and white team jersey, the humorous Dube said that the reason Highlanders is operating without any sponsors is for the simple reasons that they take their brand seriously when the time to do that beckons.
All the three Highlanders representatives were wearing their team replicas while only Tafic Chairman had his team jersey. This gave Dube even more ammunition to homorously lecture Matjimenyenga on branding and professionalism. Dube informed those who cared to listen that he is not wearing his team’s replica shirt not that he doesn’t have suits or any other fancy clothes.
“When it comes to branding, my team takes it seriously no wonder I am donning my black and white jersey. I also have the penchant for fancy suits but I cannot just wear my clothes as I stand before you representing my team. At Highlanders we don’t expect donations from companies but instead we are very aware that whatever cash that we get from various companies is meant for the team to expose such a company to our multitudes of fans.
For his part, Highlanders chairman Modern Ngwenya informed those at the press conference that it should be noted that his team has a history of working with local teams.Ngwenya mentioned some of the Highlanders former players who have contributed to the current improved state of football in Botswana including Rahman Gumbo who has coached a number of local clubs including Township Rollers and Mochudi Centre Chiefs to mention but only a few. Moreover, he applauded Madinda Ndlovu currently with Orapa United as one of his former team players who continue to make them proud in the country.
“I should warn Tafic that we are going to humiliate them during our encounter on Saturday so that they can learn a lesson. They should in future desist from inviting a very important person than them when they have a party as the important figure will always grab bragging rights under their nose, ”Ngwenya said jokingly.
Selibe Phikwe bowls club faces closure
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.
BFA FIRES BRIGHT
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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