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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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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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