Lobatse outfit Extension Gunners make their Mascom Top 8 debut against Gaborone United (GU) at the national stadium this weekend. Gunners who have been blowing hot and cold in the first round of the 2017/18 premier league season will be going into the game as underdogs given the fact that GU have already won the tournament on two occasions. Gunners’ taciturn headcoach Tumie Duiker is under no illusion that they can win the tournament in their first attempt. “It is the wish of any coach to win a cup competition.
GU are a good side and they have already beat us 1-0 this season,” he said. Duiker who seems content with his current squad said he will be looking work improve his attack towards the weekend encounter. Mapantsula of Peleng will be going into the weekend game buoyed by an emphatic 2-0 victory over Mankgodi’s Black Forest. The games attended by a handful of supporters provided a glimpse of what ‘Guna Guna’ will be bringing to the Top 8. Against Forest Duiker kept his most experienced players in the bench and fielded younger and more fluid players.
The likes of Kenanao ‘Flo’ Kgetholetsile and Ofentse Mmipi only came in the second half of the game and made an immediate impact. Mmipi scored an easy penalty goal while the experienced Kgetholetsile finished off Forest with a brilliant second goal. Moreover Duiker said he was unsure whether he will boost his squad with fresh legs this coming transfer window.
New GU Stadium Excites Mochudi based soccer rivals
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.
Local hockey body to incur massive financial loss post Covid-19
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.”