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.
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.”