Christmas came rather too early for 38-year-old White City woman, Gaobotse Talane, many thanks to her decision to open a bank account with Barclays bank of Botswana in September.
Talane, a machine operator at Kromberg Fchubert factory in Gaborone, challenged herself to start investing for the future and just decided to open an account with Barclays bank. She was not aware that the bank was running a competition of any kind and is surprised that her decision has paid dividends in just under three months.
Talane couldn’t contain her joy when she heard that she was the proud winner of a DStv Explora decoder which comes with a one year subscription and free installation from Multi-Choice Botswana. In addition she had the honour to host at her two roomed house in White City location in Gaborone, the Barclays Premier league legend and one of the greatest football strikers ever to come from England and Liverpool FC, Robbie Fowler last Saturday.
Not only did Talane benefit from the good gesture extended by Barclays bank who are the official sponsors of the England Premier League, but it was also a dream come true for her boyfriend, her eldest sibling and her boyfriend’s work manager. Her boyfriend’s boss is a great supporter of Liverpool and never thought he would live to meet, hug and share jokes with Fowler, the player he used to admire most during his playing days. Talane says she is still shocked that she won because she never entered for any competition. In fact she suspected that the caller on the other side of the line from Barclays bank who told her that she is among the four winners who recently entered the competition run by the bank was just a swindler.
“I told the caller in crystal clear terms that I never entered for any competition and advised them to keep away from me”. Further, she has never won anything in her lifetime. The bank staffer wouldn’t let her go and even offered to come to her house, Plot 1404 in White City to talk to her face to face. When the bank staffers arrived they asked her if she follows Barclays Premier league football to which she said no. “I told them although at times I watch local football, but I am not interested that much, she remembers.
The bank staffers told her that as a winner, she would host in her house a visitor from England. “They asked me to nominate four people of my choice who understand football they also asked me to give them T-shirt sizes for the people I had nominated and the names of their Premier league teams.” The sizes were for home and away replica shirts of the clubs that they support. She chose her boyfriend and father of her two children Kgotla Boitumelo, an employee of Furniture Mart in Mogoditshane and his boss Kgopolelo Khowa. “Others were my elder sister, Keitumetse Talane and my nephew Onkokame Mmualefhe who both live in Lobatse.”
The DStv Explora couldn’t have come at a better time as the family is currently without a television set since they had sent it for repairs. Indeed Talane was surprised when Fowler visited her on Saturday and Multichoice presented her with the Explora decoder. Talane has never owned DStv decoder because it was out of reach for her. A representative of MultiChoice Botswana, Basadi Masimolole said her company will install the Explora and give Talane a television set. Talane says the prize is a miracle provided by God and believes many more good things are coming her way.
Selibe Phikwe bowls club faces closure
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.
BFA FIRES BRIGHT
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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