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A match to drool over



The Botswana Boxing Association’s (BoBA) annual series of interclub tournaments began this past Saturday with the most entertaining and technically superior match of the day pitting together Ofentse Kompone of SSKB Club and Motlatsi Mokobeng of EMG.

The tournament held at Ledumang Senior Secondary School saw the two boxers displaying skill and determination before a raucous crowd at the school hall. However, Mokobeng of the Eastern Military Garrison (EMG) outfit pulled a huge upset over a more fancied Kompone of the Sir Seretse Khama Barracks (SSKB) side.

“This was a very difficult match up. It was so close and I am surprised after the decision,” said Mokobeng after he was declared the winner.

“This is not even my division, I normally compete at 60kg (lightweight), for this match up I came in at 67kg to face a welterweight at 69kg.”

The 29 year old conceded that 69kg was a tough division, adding that he was going back to his   natural division after the tournament. The Selebi Phikwe-based pugilist added that he was out of contention for the whole of last year after succumbing to an injury.

He in fact revealed that his fiercest rival was 60kg boxing wonder kid Kagiso Bagwasi who is currently in the national team. The Serowe native said his future boxing aspirations were to compete at the Olympic Games.

Meanwhile, Kompone, who came into the match as a favourite, partly blamed the effects of a long layoff from the sport for his loss.“I think I should take my time. I believe I will recover to full fitness in three or four months. I came back to boxing last year November,” said the welterweight contender.

Nevertheless, Kompone said the fight was close as they were neck and neck in the first and second rounds before Mokobeng edged him in the third.
Another interesting match was between 1-2-5 Club debutant, Hamal Jajbhai and Karabo Mogorosi of Mafika Boxing Club.

The match drew a lot of cheers and screams from the crowd as the two novice boxers got fiercely combative and occasionally tripped over each other during the bout. Mogorosi was eventually crowned the winner after three rounds.

The well-attended tournament hosted by the Diamond Trading Company (DTCB) Boxing Club featured a total of 22 bouts with nine clubs attending. On the other hand, the tournament   did not feature national team boxers who are currently on a break.

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Heelang, hands off journalists!



In our last edition, we touched on athletes who need to be media savvy, however it appears the vaccine needs to be administered on sports leaders too.

There is a highly contagious disease spreading rapidly in the sports space with those in power having a wrong perception of owning the media or somehow entitled to publicity. Such people want to literally dictate what should be broadcast or published, fa ba bata go go nyantshetsa o utwa gotwe, write and send back so I crosscheck.

That equals disrespecting and undermining a journalist to the lowest level; it is more like wanting to teach a scribe how to do their work. If you are in a wrong profession at your respected workplace, please kindly send in your Curriculum Vitae (CV) to newsrooms, you might land that Editor- In Chief position. Then there are those who will make scribes feel like they signed a death warrant, why did you not cover my event? You are not reliable; you are only good at chasing certain individuals. Heelang! Stop crucifying journalists, they do not owe anyone anything and realistically speaking cannot cover everything to please all.

Oops and there are those who never want anything bad or controversial associated with their name. They start off as bosom buddies, discussing ‘non offensive’ issues and once in a while a compliment thrown their way. Once the dark days come knocking and gears are changed, suddenly the same journalist ke moloi wa meno a 4 mo ganong. Really now? So, all along the witch was not visible and now that the tables have turned and it hurts like never before, things have become clearer? Perhaps, you forget what the real job of a scribe is? You cannot befriend a journalist my friends, if you do, then something is seriously wrong! Expect the good together with the bitter taste of unwanted publicity.

There is also a time when the scribes are labelled bomma dijo le bo Rradijo. To an extent that you even emphasize that there will be food at your events, so the more the merrier! I agree, generally only a few can say NO to free food but it becomes a bit untidy when you put a food price tag to your events. Ga re gane, there are some colleagues with a huge appetite and they are not even shy about it but isn’t it that there are people like that all over.

Le re tshabisa go ja, please! Another trend, initially good but now disturbing is that of organisations spoiling some rotten journalists by travelling with them to certain places, all expenses fully paid for. This includes food, accommodation and transportation. Things then become cozy when a drink or two is thrown in, nice but at what expense? Is it out of good will or tantamount to bribery?

Some associations tend to confuse it all with rubbing off bad publicity. Kgantele e nna, ao laitaka, o lebala o robetse ko Cresta Hotel ke go reketse biri? A guilty conscience then kicks in and stories are shelved. It is only a few that manage to look beyond the fancy trips and royal treatment and uphold journalism principles. Better you spoil journalists but without undue expectations, accept both the bad and the good coming your way.

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Abidal punches ticket to TS Galaxy




Township Rollers’s defensive Midfielder Gape ‘Abidal’ Mohutsiwa has confirmed that he will be plying his trade at South African based TS Galaxy next season.

This follows rife speculation that Mohutsiwa’s deal with Galaxy might have somehow fallen off. The strong suspicions came about last week when the national first division side communicated the team’s new signings. Local based players of Mosha Gaolaolwe, Thero Setsile and Ezekiel Morake were mentioned in the list and Mohutsiwa’s name was suspiciously omitted. As if that was not enough, the team went on to show off pictures of the trio signing contracts with the team management but still no mention of Mohutsiwa.

Speaking to Sun Sport this week, Mohutsiwa explained that he had seen the communication but made nothing from it. “I am still going because even my work permit is ready, all is well and there is no need to panic,” he said.

The 22-year-old pointed out that TS Galaxy had informed that they will communicate dates to join them in South Africa. He is expecting their call anytime after completing the season this coming weekend.

“I also saw those pictures with the management and its is not like they signed the contracts last week. I suspect that they were just appreciating the performance made by my fellow colleagues Morake and Setsile during the COSAFA championships staged in Durban South Africa,” said Mohutsiwa.

The young Abidal as he is well known is convinced that the TS Galaxy management was just ‘boasting’ about the kind of talent they are bringing to their team. “I did not perform to the best of my ability during COSAFA championships but I cannot say they were neglecting me, I am actually fine with it,” he said.

Mohutsiwa added that as young as he is, he believes that he has a lot to offer and the intention is not to return home in a year or so. He has been signed for three years and the expectation is that he completes his term and perhaps find other lucrative deals out there.

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