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Mystery sponsor resurrects volleyball

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The Botswana Volleyball Federation (BVF) national league is expected to commence next month (May), BVF Sports Development Officer Peaceful Seleka has revealed.

BVF is reported to have finally secured a league sponsor that is yet to be unveiled, more to that, BVF has already informed clubs to start preparing for the upcoming league. When reached for comment this week, Seleka confirmed the reports, “I can confirm that indeed we have signed a deal with one sponsor and we intend to make an announcement very soon. With that, the league will definitely happen this year,” Seleka said in an interview with Sun Sports.

Seleka revealed that they have since held a special congress meeting with BVF affiliates last week to inform them of the new development. He said it is their sincere hope that the teams will be ready to compete when the league commences, following a one-month notice from the Federation. Seleka remained cagey about the identity of the new sponsor, adding that they are not ready to divulge anything until the agreed dates between the sponsor and BVF. The federation failed to host the league in 2017 after the departure of their main sponsor Mascom Wireless, “It was not easy to secure the sponsorship and we had to up our game so that the unfortunate 2017 events does not happen again,” he said.

The inactivity at BVF threatened to set the sports code back following reports that some players had joined the controversial Constituency League. The moral was reported to be waning in many top clubs and coaches with coaches failing to motivate players who found no reason to attending training sessions. Coach Kabo Ntshinogang of Mafolofolo club said they are happy for the imminent league return. However, he said as defending champions, they have become weaker due to lack of activity. Meanwhile, Ntshinogang lost some of his key players like Tsholofelo Retshabile, Garesepe Mashaola and Gaolefeletse Gasekgonwe during the transfer window early this year. For now, the coach said his main aim is ensuring that his new players settle well in the team. “I opted for new faces instead of those already in the BVF structures and they will need time to get into the team, we will think about winning the title next year however we intend to compete,” Ntshinogang said.

For his part, Yaros coach Mmoloki Gaobone explained that the absence of the league was hard for his players who had resorted to abandoning training sessions. Gaobone said he is mostly working with young players and his biggest concern was that some of them will be dropped from the national team because they are not fit. Gaobone further said the one-month notice was not enough for a proper league preparation, however under the circumstances, they will make the best out of it. He anticipates a slow league start saying that players will come into in the game a bit rusty.

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Heelang, hands off journalists!

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In our last edition, we touched on athletes who need to be media savvy, however it appears the vaccine needs to be administered on sports leaders too.

There is a highly contagious disease spreading rapidly in the sports space with those in power having a wrong perception of owning the media or somehow entitled to publicity. Such people want to literally dictate what should be broadcast or published, fa ba bata go go nyantshetsa o utwa gotwe, write and send back so I crosscheck.

That equals disrespecting and undermining a journalist to the lowest level; it is more like wanting to teach a scribe how to do their work. If you are in a wrong profession at your respected workplace, please kindly send in your Curriculum Vitae (CV) to newsrooms, you might land that Editor- In Chief position. Then there are those who will make scribes feel like they signed a death warrant, why did you not cover my event? You are not reliable; you are only good at chasing certain individuals. Heelang! Stop crucifying journalists, they do not owe anyone anything and realistically speaking cannot cover everything to please all.

Oops and there are those who never want anything bad or controversial associated with their name. They start off as bosom buddies, discussing ‘non offensive’ issues and once in a while a compliment thrown their way. Once the dark days come knocking and gears are changed, suddenly the same journalist ke moloi wa meno a 4 mo ganong. Really now? So, all along the witch was not visible and now that the tables have turned and it hurts like never before, things have become clearer? Perhaps, you forget what the real job of a scribe is? You cannot befriend a journalist my friends, if you do, then something is seriously wrong! Expect the good together with the bitter taste of unwanted publicity.

There is also a time when the scribes are labelled bomma dijo le bo Rradijo. To an extent that you even emphasize that there will be food at your events, so the more the merrier! I agree, generally only a few can say NO to free food but it becomes a bit untidy when you put a food price tag to your events. Ga re gane, there are some colleagues with a huge appetite and they are not even shy about it but isn’t it that there are people like that all over.

Le re tshabisa go ja, please! Another trend, initially good but now disturbing is that of organisations spoiling some rotten journalists by travelling with them to certain places, all expenses fully paid for. This includes food, accommodation and transportation. Things then become cozy when a drink or two is thrown in, nice but at what expense? Is it out of good will or tantamount to bribery?

Some associations tend to confuse it all with rubbing off bad publicity. Kgantele e nna, ao laitaka, o lebala o robetse ko Cresta Hotel ke go reketse biri? A guilty conscience then kicks in and stories are shelved. It is only a few that manage to look beyond the fancy trips and royal treatment and uphold journalism principles. Better you spoil journalists but without undue expectations, accept both the bad and the good coming your way.

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Abidal punches ticket to TS Galaxy

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Township Rollers’s defensive Midfielder Gape ‘Abidal’ Mohutsiwa has confirmed that he will be plying his trade at South African based TS Galaxy next season.

This follows rife speculation that Mohutsiwa’s deal with Galaxy might have somehow fallen off. The strong suspicions came about last week when the national first division side communicated the team’s new signings. Local based players of Mosha Gaolaolwe, Thero Setsile and Ezekiel Morake were mentioned in the list and Mohutsiwa’s name was suspiciously omitted. As if that was not enough, the team went on to show off pictures of the trio signing contracts with the team management but still no mention of Mohutsiwa.

Speaking to Sun Sport this week, Mohutsiwa explained that he had seen the communication but made nothing from it. “I am still going because even my work permit is ready, all is well and there is no need to panic,” he said.

The 22-year-old pointed out that TS Galaxy had informed that they will communicate dates to join them in South Africa. He is expecting their call anytime after completing the season this coming weekend.

“I also saw those pictures with the management and its is not like they signed the contracts last week. I suspect that they were just appreciating the performance made by my fellow colleagues Morake and Setsile during the COSAFA championships staged in Durban South Africa,” said Mohutsiwa.

The young Abidal as he is well known is convinced that the TS Galaxy management was just ‘boasting’ about the kind of talent they are bringing to their team. “I did not perform to the best of my ability during COSAFA championships but I cannot say they were neglecting me, I am actually fine with it,” he said.

Mohutsiwa added that as young as he is, he believes that he has a lot to offer and the intention is not to return home in a year or so. He has been signed for three years and the expectation is that he completes his term and perhaps find other lucrative deals out there.

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