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Boxing body at war with itself

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The Botswana Boxing Association (BoBA) president Dr Thato Patlakwe has cautioned affiliates to desist from posting negative comments about the association on   social media.  

This followed recent strongly-worded comments and harsh criticism posted on facebook by some BoBA affiliate members calling for the association’s Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) to address pertinent issues concerning the local boxing authority. Some of these issues included the overdue date of the OGM; preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games and overdue prize monies for winners of the Debswana BoBA Awards.

In addition, BoBA was also dogged by numerous suspensions that included competition manager Phetogo Tsheko and Additional Member Gibson Rauwe. “Ladies and gentlemen, as an organisation we have procedures when making announcements regarding BoBA activities. I would like to caution those who publicise things on social media to seek clarity and facts from the office, whose doors are widely open to everyone,” Dr Patlakwe said when addressing the affiliates.

Patlakwe added that procedure and protocol must be followed. He said that they communicate to BoBA   member club chairpersons and it is the responsibility of the clubs to communicate to their members.

“As you know, BoBA has no official social media page and as an association we are working hard to protect our name.” Patlakwe urged affiliates to follow protocol and contact his office instead of ranting on facebook.  

Speaking at the same meeting, BoBA Secretary General, Irene Ntelamo, said social media is a reality whether it is good or bad, and that it should rather be used responsibly.

“There is a page on boxing that is not official; some found it fit to open it and it is not illegal. The problem is when members use it to fight amongst themselves within the association, and that is not good,” she added.

Meanwhile, Patlakwe announced that the suspensions of   two executive committee members have been uplifted after they accounted for their unspecified offences.

However, Patlakwe said they have now suspended their scoring system official Victor Mhlanga for failing to obey lawful instructions given by the association regarding a partnership work assignment with South African National Boxing Organisation (SANABO).

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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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