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Premier League awards lose be-Mobile

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The Botswana’s next premier league awards ceremony, 2015/2016, if it takes place at all, will carry neither the be-Mobile prefix or branding banners following this week’s Botswana Telecommunication Limited (BTCL) decision to stop its sponsorship.

The BTCL sponsors the Botswana Premier League (BPL) under their beMOBILE brand.  The announcement was made through a press release this week following a stormy series of events besetting the BPL offices. The BPL   has been under siege lately due to court cases over defaulting players, maladministration and suspension of   office staff. 

“We have   further taken a position not to sponsor the 2015-2016 beMOBILE Premiership Awards ceremony as we believe that there is no celebratory mood amid the current mishaps befalling local football,” a statement from BTCL reads.

Moreover, the Telecommunications Company said it will honour its contractual commitment, which includes disbursing undisputed title winners and individual award prize money, as soon as the BFA furnishes them with the official written confirmation of the 2015-16 season title and individual prize winners.

Meanwhile, the statement added that the BTCL management has recently made an evaluation on the sponsorship and has drawn the BFA  to a number of issues which include among others an in-depth reflection on the association and its structures to instil back some integrity and corporate governance into the   sponsorship asset.

“The BFA and BPL must wrap up the 2015-16 season, and deliver on their contractual obligations, including among others furnishing the title sponsor with end of the season report and audited financial accounts for the sponsorship funds.”  The statement reads and further makes assurance that, “As the title sponsor, our wish is for sanity to prevail once again to our beloved football.”

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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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