Chilisa Mboki has pledged to sponsor Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) to the tune of P25 000 to host the Masters Open Chess Tournament on December 3rd.
Mboki made the pledge at the closing ceremony of the Masters Chess Open Championships in Gaborone over the weekend. Mboki is a practising Attorney at Collins Chilisa Consultants and began playing Chess at the age of ten but is currently a social chess player.
Chess is a game he enjoys most and he promised that he is committing himself to sponsoring the event annually. “BCF is one of the most organised organisations out there, I want to support them and bring together old players, it is a very nice come together, reminds us of the good old days,” Mboki said.
The weekend chess tournament was also sponsored by one senior chess player Dr Mafeni to the tune of P30 000. He also promised that if all goes well he intends to sponsor next year’s tournament as well.
Speaking at the event BCF spokesperson Keenese Katisenge applauded efforts made to help the federation retain experienced players and officials in order to continue tapping into their experience. The tournament helps older players enjoy the game of chess and also the aim is to utilise their wisdom and experience to further develop chess in the country.
First time participant of the event Walter Matekane, won the battle for supremacy with six points; he won five games and drew two, walking away with a whopping P4000, a medal and a trophy.
Fide Master Ignatius Njobvu came second to Matekane while Woman International Master Boikhutso Modongo was crowned the best lady performer of the event, winning herself P2000. The 35-year old Matekane said he had stayed away from the game for over 12 years. “I have been busy with my pastoral studies and I never found time to play,” he said delightfully.
He described the event as one of the best chess tournaments in the country, noting that there is plenty of talent lying around and it was through such events that it was brought to life again. Matekane said his involvement in chess will also come as an inspiration to his children, who he wants them to grow playing the game.
He advised that BCF should consider scheduling the tournament in days and times that are convenient for majority of the older players and remain faithful to the time schedule. “Elders are very busy people with so many responsibilities, but if that is taken into consideration more will be motivated,” he advised.
New GU Stadium Excites Mochudi based soccer rivals
Officials at Mochudi village’s biggest soccer clubs Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Mochudi Rovers are excited at the news that their district will soon have a state of the art football stadium after property and construction magnate Nicholas Zackhem announced the erection of the facility for Gaborone United.
Zackhem, owner and director of Zac Construction, revealed recently to this publication that a football stadium would be built in Bokaa village at a cost of P70 million, with the hope that all phases will be completed by 2025.
Edwin Mothulatshipi, Chairman of Centre Chiefs, as well as Mochudi Rovers’ Chairman Sugar Molefhe both spoke to The Midweek Sun on what the construction of the stadium means for their respective clubs. Both admit they would jump at the opportunity to use the facility for their official matches, and based on what Gaborone United financier Zackhem has shared with The Midweek Sun, it will not be difficult for all the other clubs based around the area to use the facility. TO READ THE COMPLETE STORY, BUY THIS WEEK’S EDITION (11 August 2021) OF THE MIDWEEK SUN AT A STORE NEAR YOU.
Local hockey body to incur massive financial loss post Covid-19
Botswana Hockey Association (BHA) President Unaswi Matebu has confessed that her Association will suffer major financial losses post the Covid 19 pandemic that has left the sport fraternity at a standstill.
Matebu recently told this publication that the current situation does not only have tremendous effects on their schedule, but also there will be financial implications more especially that the association does not have full time sponsors.
“We had to cancel most of our calendar activities such as tournaments, national team trainings, Board meetings, and club activities since mid-March this year, all of which have cost us money to prepare for,” Matebu remarked in an interview.
Additionally she said the planning phase for their 5-year Development Plan which was supposed to be launched in June will have to be postponed. Also there are national competitions that were postponed till further notice despite them having already set up teams and having already started preparing.
“Our Indoor Hockey Senior National teams had already started preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations – a World Cup qualifier – that was supposed to be held in June, 2020, in South Africa. Our Field Hockey Senior National teams had already begun preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers that were supposed to be held in August, 2020 in Zimbabwe,” she added.
Moreover, it was going to be an excessively detailed and decorated year for local hockey governing body, with the Youth National teams having already began preparations for the Africa Youth Championships that were billed for September, 2020, in Ghana.
“Player conditioning has obviously been affected because athletes are currently not training as planned and what we had achieved so far might go to waste. We are only hoping that the Continental and World Hockey governing bodies will give us enough time to prepare for these competitions post the pandemic.”