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Matebejana celebrate 20 years

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The BDF XI football development team Matebejana is celebrating 20 years of existence. The anniversary celebrations will be held at the national stadium on the 21st of July 2018. Addressing the team stakeholders and members of the press this week, Matebejana Chairman Onkemetse Masena said the team has grown with years and they look to the future with high hopes and a clear vision of what they want to achieve.

Masena said systems have been put in place to ensure that the current structures of the team is one that will attract good players, sound management and profitable partnerships with the private sector. Having gained promotion to the first division two years ago, Masena said it has not been smooth sailing on their side and they had to weather the storm to ensure that that they keep their league status. Matebejana was formulated to ensure that young boys at BDF do not roam the streets and indulge in bad practices. To this end, Masena is confident that they have been doing well as far as unearthing talent is concerned. His side he said has produced some the best performing players in this country who have since gone for greener pastures outside Matebejana.

”Not only have we developed players but also officials who continue to represent the ideals of the team in many games both locally and internationally,” Masena said. As part of the celebrations, Matebejana are expected to host a soccer tournament on the day. Four teams are expected to play and one of the teams is said to be an international team that is yet to confirm participation. Additionally, Matebejana are expected to host a youth tournament for young boys and girls in the Kweneng region. The tournament is scheduled to start this weekend and the finals will be hosted on the 9th of June.

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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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