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Second chess Masters tourney for December

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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.

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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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