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Zapata wants Moloi in Kenya

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Former Gaborone United (GU) Headcoach Rodolfo Zapata is ready to snatch a number of players from the ailing Money Machine. Experienced attacking midfielder Dirang Moloi is reported to be a top priority in the Argentine coach’s wish list. Zapata who dumped GU a few weeks back in favour of struggling Kenyan giants AFC Leopards. This week, the outspoken coach said he had affection for GU players because they respected him and executed his instructions well on the pitch.

Given the current financial difficulties facing GU, Zapata said he has already been contacted by some of his former players who are ready to terminate their contracts with the stricken Money Machine. Reports coming out of GU are that the whole squad wants to jump ship and team management was officially informed by the Footballers Union of Botswana (FUB) last week. This past weekend during GU’s BTC Premiership game against Police XI in Molepolole, only eight players turned up for the fixture. The match was called off in the first 20 minutes of the game when two GU’s players suffered injuries and the team remained with only six players. “We are still in talks, he is a good player with a lot of potential and I hope Leopards will manage to bring him on board. He is an asset,” Zapata said when addressing his interest in the midfield maestro.

Moloi is arguably one of the most talented players in Botswana and to thus far, he has enjoyed a cordial relationship with Zapata. Quizzed on his interest in the aging player, Zapata confidently said he understands Moloi better, adding that he is one of the best players Botswana has ever produced. In fact, Zapata believes that Moloi is overqualified for local football. The 33- year old Moloi has played for local teams such as Notwane, Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Township Rollers in the Botswana Premier League (BPL). Outside Botswana, Moloi has played for Vasco Da Gama in the South African Premier Soccer League in 2010 and later joined DR Congo side CS Don Bosco in 2013. In a brief interview, GU Managing Director Olebile Sikwane said Dirang can be released if he wishes to leave the team. However, he mentioned that other players were contract bound and certain procedures have to be followed. All efforts made to reach Moloi for comment proved futile.

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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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BFA will not declare the season null and void – yet

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Amidst wide spreading fears that Botswana’s top flight league might be canceled and considered null and void because of the crippling Covid-19 pandemic, the Botswana Football Association (BFA) has yet to make a determination on the matter and has in fact ruled out scrapping off the season altogether.

Local football observers and pundits alike have already started talking of the possibilities after similar considerations of nullifying their seasons were made in the leagues of other countries especially in Europe.  No football activity has taken place in the country since social distancing measures were imposed to avoid the spread of the corona virus.

Local football pundit Fabian Zulu is one of those who believe there is a likelihood the football season will be nullified. “If the current situation persists, then there is a high possibility of declaring the league null and void. This situation wasn’t planned, no one knew that by now we would be facing this kind of situation; so the possibility is very high.

However, in an interview this week, BFA spokesperson Tumo Mpatane said the association has not considered canceling and nullifying the season as an option yet, adding that “currently we are observing a period of extreme social distancing, the ministry  of health and wellness will obviously give advice on the possibility of getting back to football.”

Consequently the BFA still awaits the Ministry to declare that the risks of spreading the virus are reduced and come up with a contingency plan. “If the ministry says there is a reduced health risk we will play out the season; if they advise against it we will then see what steps to take. The health of our players is more important and we will be guided by the responsive authorities,” Mpatane remarked.

However, suspension or cancellation of the leagues across the world seems inevitable even as some European leagues, more specifically the English Premier League, are now contemplating a behind-closed-doors campaign to finish off the remaining matches.

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