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Local karate sensation in Malaysia

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Botswana’s under 60kg karate sensation Thabang Setshego is currently in Malaysia for a four –year business course in Human Resources Management. The Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) in conjunction with the Ministry of Education and Skills funded his studies through the Elite Scholarship Fund. The young karateka jetted off to the Asian nation last week Friday. In an interview with Sun Sports this week, Setshego said he is settling well in the foreign country, however he is not sure what will happen with his sports career in the meantime.

As an elite athlete, Setshego said he is still trying to figure out how to balance his sports career and school. “ I want to remain focused, school will be first for now but I am not intending on neglecting my abilities as a karateka too, ” Setshego said. Setshego said he is currently in talks with an Egyptian coach who currently serves as the national team coach in Malaysia; “ The coach said he will speak to the Malaysian Karate Federation on my behalf and see what to do. If things go well, I might start training with the national team, if not, I will find other ways to deal with it,” he said.

The enthusiastic lad said he would be looking to take advantage of being under the guidance of some of the best karate coaches while in Asia, adding that he will be looking to put the skills learnt while abroad to good use when he returns to Africa. The optimistic Setshego also mentioned that he is excited in that China and Botswana Karate Association (BOKA) are also up on their toes to help him realize his dreams. Setshego said he will probably miss out on some of the major competitions this year as his fund can only cover two major tournaments.

According to Setshego, there is a chances that he might miss out on the Zone 6 competitions to be held in Botswana this May but will surely be available for the Africa Championship slated for Rwanda. Quizzed on their plans for the athlete, BOKA president Tshepo Bathai said they have already engaged one coach in Malaysia to keep an eye on him. “ As far as we are aware he is in good hands, we will keep monitoring his stay there and we will assist him whenever possible,” Bathai assured. He said he was not aware if Setshego was currently in talks with any other coach apart from the one who they had been in talks with before his departure. “ He can be coached by someone until we are sure of his capabilities as a coach,” Bathai said.

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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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