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Grass roots chess receives major boost

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Grace World Africa Foundation Trust (GWAF) will on the 24th November donate chess equipment to the Chobe region. The equipment will be shared between 10 primary and two junior schools in the region.

The Foundation trust has partnered with Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) in an endeavour to promote and grow chess within the Chobe Region. Speaking to this publication in an interview recently, the founder of the trust, Namasiku Samunzala said as GWAF, they decided to embark on a programme that will fully monitor and grow chess within the region and also the nation of Botswana at large.

Samunzala said GWAF is committed to impacting the life of young people by partnering with the government and other relevant stakeholders in holistic youth empowerment. In particular, they will be focusing on teenage mothers, children and all other issues of national and international importance. Still on that note, Tshwarelo Hosia, Private Secretary to the Assistant Minister of Basic Education is expected to officiate at the event on the day. Grace World Africa Foundation Trust is a charitable non-profit making organization, which was established on February 2013.

The trust is solely aimed at giving back to the community. Reached for comment, BCF President Mothokomedi Thabano said they appreciate the support from GWAF, saying it is only through the support of the community that they can bee able to develop talent in the country. Thabano explained that BCF has a mandate to develop talent from grassroots level and added that the donation came at the right time.

“We recently approached the Minister of Education Unity Dow, proposing that chess should form part of the school curriculum. Now with the assistance of the chess equipment, children will be able to play the game with much ease,” he said. He called upon the general community to continue supporting the game of chess as it helps sharpen the intellectual capacity of students.

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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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