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Injuries hold Nyumasi back

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Orapa United attacking midfielder Tendai Nyumasi’s nagging thigh injury to have negative effects on his football career. This past weekend when Orapa humiliated Gaborone United (GU) 4-1in a Mascom Top 8 second leg semi-final clash, Nyumasi could not continue with the game because of his painful injury. Nyumasi found himself substituted by Ronald Chikomo 10 minutes into the second half of the game. However, the 32-year-old Zimbabwean player could not take it anymore as his emotions got the best of him when he walked out of the pitch.

So painful was the substitution that the passionate player could not help but shed a tear. Compounding to his painful replacement was that the player had just earned his side (Orapa United) the much- needed equalizing goal in the dying minutes of the first half. From a distance, it seemed the goal had helped him regain his confidence, only for his hopes to be dashed by the nagging injury. He failed to contain himself and wept bitterly in his Coach Daniel ‘Chico Dance’ Nare arms. Both his legs were in severe pain and he was forced to call it a day.

Nyumasi returned to the playing field a fortnight ago, he has been on a long rest since the beginning of the 2017/2018 season. The weekend match was his second assignment in the Mascom Top 8 Cup. During the first leg of their encounter with GU at Itekeng Stadium a week ago, Nyumasi was pulled out during the 60th minute. “I am hurt, I wanted to play the full 90 minutes but my legs could not allow me and the coach decided to pull me out,” said the shattered Nyumasi in an interview with Sun Sports after the game. Nyumasi explained that his legs are failing him and he has to be cautious to prevent further complications. He said doctors told him that his muscles were almost torn however they have assured him that he will recover with time.

Orapa’s game against GU had sparks flying all over, Orapa was having a field day embarrassing the Gaborone based outfit, a mouthwatering game it was in Nyumasi’s opinion. He said his heart was bleeding when he was forced to watch from the bench, he too wanted a piece of the cake. Meanwhile, Orapa United mouthpiece Kabo William has assured that Nyumasi is fine and all is well. “He got emotional because he wanted to score more goals on the day, he was thirsty for a win that day,” he said. William said should there be any changes they will give him (Nyumasi) enough rest however they were instructed by medical practitioners that he should be given game time for him to keep fit. He is expected to be on the line up during the Mascom TOP 8 final against Township Rollers later this month.

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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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BFA will not declare the season null and void – yet

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Amidst wide spreading fears that Botswana’s top flight league might be canceled and considered null and void because of the crippling Covid-19 pandemic, the Botswana Football Association (BFA) has yet to make a determination on the matter and has in fact ruled out scrapping off the season altogether.

Local football observers and pundits alike have already started talking of the possibilities after similar considerations of nullifying their seasons were made in the leagues of other countries especially in Europe.  No football activity has taken place in the country since social distancing measures were imposed to avoid the spread of the corona virus.

Local football pundit Fabian Zulu is one of those who believe there is a likelihood the football season will be nullified. “If the current situation persists, then there is a high possibility of declaring the league null and void. This situation wasn’t planned, no one knew that by now we would be facing this kind of situation; so the possibility is very high.

However, in an interview this week, BFA spokesperson Tumo Mpatane said the association has not considered canceling and nullifying the season as an option yet, adding that “currently we are observing a period of extreme social distancing, the ministry  of health and wellness will obviously give advice on the possibility of getting back to football.”

Consequently the BFA still awaits the Ministry to declare that the risks of spreading the virus are reduced and come up with a contingency plan. “If the ministry says there is a reduced health risk we will play out the season; if they advise against it we will then see what steps to take. The health of our players is more important and we will be guided by the responsive authorities,” Mpatane remarked.

However, suspension or cancellation of the leagues across the world seems inevitable even as some European leagues, more specifically the English Premier League, are now contemplating a behind-closed-doors campaign to finish off the remaining matches.

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