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Youthful Jenamo conquers Phikwe Marathon

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A 20-year old debutant Kabo Jenamo from Francistown Athletics club overcame experienced athletes to win the men’s 42.2 km Orange Phikwe Marathon over the weekend.

Pitted against the experience of the Zimbabwean marathon specialist Tops Mopatwa who came second and the 38-year old Ndabile Basingile from Ned Bank club who came behind Mopatwa, Jenamo defied all odds to steal the number one spot. The swift runner overwhelmed his rivals toward the end of the race leaving spectators awed. In a post race interview, Jenamo said he had tough competition and did all his best to set the pace towards the end of the race.

“This was a very competitive race, at some point I had to cover a gap of 100m my mind told me to quit but my body kept on pushing. I was not expecting to win but I have done it and I am proud,” said Jenamo who was still short of breath.

He had expected fierce competition from neighboring Zimbabwean athletes but he managed to beat them through the help of his coach. “I had a lot of respect for Zimbabwean athletes coming into the race. I knew they have stamina for long distances so I had to be at my best. I applaud the guidance of Collins Dube and my coach Moremi Phiri for helping me upgrade from 10km race to the tough 42 km race,” said Jenamo adding that the race was not a walk in the park.

Moreover, one of Jenamo’s goals was to reach the Olympic qualifying time. “My target was to beat the Olympic qualifying time, as I aspire to see myself competing at the big stage, alongside the big athletes of this country.”

For his part, Tops Mopatwa who came in behind Jenamo said he was targeting Batswana athletes as they usually bring the best out of him. “I was only targeting Batswana athletes, I lost this Marathon last year to a Motswana and I wanted to beat them this year, I can’t say I am disappointed because I did my best today and I came ahead of all my countrymen,” the Zimbabwean runner explained.

Coming in third place, Basingile applauded the youngster who led the race ahead of an experienced runner like himself. “I applaud the hard work of the youngster who led the race they had shown bravery and limited respect towards the seniors, they should maintain that spirit and push themselves to the limit,” Basingile said, adding that he enjoyed the race.

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Heelang, hands off journalists!

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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

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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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