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BoBA seeks former glory

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The Botswana Boxing Association (BoBA) will send only four athletes to the upcoming Zone IV games scheduled for Mozambique next week. It is now apparent that BoBA will not be chasing glory but using the regional games for the bigger 2018 Commonwealth Games scheduled for Australia this April. Nevertheless, this is a sad state of affairs as Botswana have been a dominating force in the Zone IV games in recent years. BoBA could only accommodate four boxers due to financial constraints. Moreover, team Botswana never lost their regional title in the ring. Instead financial troubles saw Botswana failing to compete at last year’s games. This time around BoBA will be sending only four athletes to the Zone IV games.

The four athletes including 2014 Africa Youth games gold medallist Mohammed Otukile (52kg) and Tefo Maitewa (56kg) in the men’s category. The two will be joined by Keamogetse Kenosi (60kg) and Aratwa Kesemang (57kg) in the women’s category. The four athletes who are under the watchful eye of headcoach Lechedzani ‘Master’ Luza are expected to compete at the Commonwealth games in less than two months. Both Otukile and Kenosi come with a decent level of experience having been regular national team athletes. Otukile recently competed at the International Boxing Association championships (AIBA) held in Germany last year. However, Kenosi has not been competing at high-level events recently. The 60 kg athlete came to prominence after a stellar international debut at the 2014 African Youth Games held in Gaborone.

In the ring, Otukile is quick and defensive and clinical. On the other hand, Kenosi is known for her brawling abilities that often defeat her opponents. All members of the national team impressed earlier this month in the first inter club competition of the year held at SSKB. The Botswana National Olympic (BNOC) is expected to fund the Mozambique trip as part of the preparations for the Commonwealth. Meanwhile, BoBA is desperately seeking a good result from both the Commonwealth games and the Zone IV. The once thriving sport code has been in a slump recently after they failed to qualify for the 2016 Olympic games while Otukile was eliminated in the preliminary stages of the World Championships. The last time Botswana brought boxing medals from the Commonwealth games was during 2010 at New Delhi India where Tirafalo Seoko (56 kg) brought home silver. Seoko initially won bronze before his opponent was disqualified on doping suspicions.

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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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