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Chess veterans return in Masters’ event

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Dragon Kefiilwe managed to walk away with the 2015 Turbo Refrigeration Masters Open Chess Championship over the weekend.

The tournament that pitted over 35 players against each other was held at the Emerald Hotel in Tlokweng where Kefiilwe walked away with a P3000 cash prize for his efforts. Second place was scooped by Baone Kealeboga who won P2000 while Dr Francis Banda followed in position three taking home P1000. The tournament is an initiative by the Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) while Turbo Refrigeration offered the financial platform to allow the elderly players  to continue enjoying the game.

Speaking on the sidelines of the tournament, BCF president Tshenolo Maruatona said older players tended to quit the game as time goes on, yet they could still offer a lot. . “We needed to resuscitate older players and have them playing the game. We still need them as mentors to younger players,” Maruatona told Sun Sports. After the tournament, Maruatona said they expected each of the players to adopt a young chess player and act as their mentor.

The tournament has been running for over seven years. Thus far, a number of schools in and around Gaborone including Metsimotlhabe Primary School are benefiting from the program as some of the Masters’ players are coaching them. The last Masters tournament hosted in 2014 was won by Baone Kealeboga of Bonyonyo Chess Club and Woman International Master Boikhutso Mudongo.

Moreover, the tournament   has encompassed social responsibility as part of the event. Last year’s winner WIM Modongo made a commitment of giving back to the community by hosting a girl’s only chess tournament in 2015 as part of her crown. The 2015 tournament was sponsored to the tune of P17 000

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New GU Stadium Excites Mochudi based soccer rivals

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Officials at Mochudi village’s biggest  soccer clubs Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Mochudi Rovers are excited at the news that their district will soon have a state of the art football stadium after property and construction magnate Nicholas Zackhem announced the erection of the facility for Gaborone United.

Zackhem, owner and director of Zac Construction, revealed recently to this publication that a football stadium would be built in Bokaa village at a cost of P70 million, with the hope that all phases will be completed by 2025.

Edwin Mothulatshipi, Chairman of Centre Chiefs, as well as Mochudi Rovers’ Chairman Sugar Molefhe both spoke to The Midweek Sun on what the construction of the stadium means for their respective clubs. Both admit they would jump at the opportunity to use the facility for their official matches, and based on what Gaborone United financier Zackhem has shared with The Midweek Sun, it will not be difficult for all the other clubs based around the area to use the facility. TO READ THE COMPLETE STORY, BUY THIS WEEK’S EDITION (11 August 2021) OF THE MIDWEEK SUN AT A STORE NEAR YOU.

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Local hockey body to incur massive financial loss post Covid-19

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Botswana Hockey Association (BHA) President Unaswi Matebu has confessed that her Association will suffer major financial losses post the Covid 19 pandemic that has left the sport fraternity at a standstill.

Matebu recently told this publication that the current situation does not only have tremendous effects on their schedule, but also there will be financial implications more especially that the association does not have full time sponsors.

“We had to cancel most of our calendar activities such as tournaments, national team trainings, Board meetings, and club activities since mid-March this year, all of which have cost us money to prepare for,” Matebu remarked in an interview.

Additionally she said the planning phase for their 5-year Development Plan which was supposed to be launched in June will have to be postponed. Also there are national competitions that were postponed till further notice despite them having already set up teams and having already started preparing.

“Our Indoor Hockey Senior National teams had already started preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations – a World Cup qualifier – that was supposed to be held in June, 2020, in South Africa. Our Field Hockey Senior National teams had already begun preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers that were supposed to be held in August, 2020 in Zimbabwe,” she added.

Moreover, it was going to be an excessively detailed and decorated year  for local hockey governing body, with the Youth National teams having  already began preparations for the Africa Youth Championships that were billed for September, 2020, in Ghana.

“Player conditioning has obviously been affected because athletes are currently not training as planned and what we had achieved so far might go to waste. We are only hoping that the Continental and World Hockey governing bodies will give us enough time to prepare for these competitions post the pandemic.”

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