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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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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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