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Bagwasi hopes to fight again

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Local middleweight boxer Kagiso Bagwasi is currently making plans to return to the ring following a near fatal knife attack last year. In an interview with Sun Sports this week, Bagwasi said he has not yet fully recovered as he has another surgery scheduled for this year in his right bicep. The promising athlete is pleading with Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) and Botswana Boxing Association (BoBA) to support him in his recovery and return to the ring.

Bagwasi was attacked by unknown assailants shortly after national team training in Gaborone last year. The former national team hero was left with a mortal stab wound in his right bicep when the assailants attacked him and stole his cell phone. “I remember speaking to the police for a few minutes, suddenly everything went black and the next time I opened my eyes I was in a hospital bed,” Bagwasi said following the nightmare attack. Nevertheless the athlete told Sun Sports that his arm is still giving him trouble because he is unable to fully extend it.

Bagwasi had hoped to return to action late last year but this has not been the case. The boxer still needs to undergo surgery on his bicep, which means he will probably miss out on his boxing career this year too.“BoBA had also assured that it will have my back until I recover. If only they can assist me as I undergo surgeries, which will help in fixing my arm. I would be thankful, I love boxing and I cannot afford to see my dreams go up in smoke just like that,” he said.

“His injury was life threatening it was a miracle for him to survive, he has to see a specialist soon to determine the next step,” said his coach Thebe Setlalekgosi of Diamond Trading Company Botswana (DTCB) Club this week. He defined Bagwasi as a special athlete who can never be replaced adding that his absence is heavily felt at the club. Setlalekgosi said he had high hopes that Bagwasi would bring home a medal at the upcoming 2018 Commonwealth games. Bagwasi is currently doing minor training and is avoiding using the injured arm for now.

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Selibe Phikwe bowls club faces closure

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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.

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BFA FIRES BRIGHT

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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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