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The University of Botswana (UB) student centre will  be  the  place  to  be this  weekend  for fans  of  combat or  full  contact  sports.

It is that time of the year when Botswana Boxing Association (BoBA) hosts the national championship semi-finals on Saturday followed by the finals on Sunday. The cream of local pugilism will be on full display to determine the best boxers in the country, who will eventually form part of the national team. There is no doubt that there will be an orgy   of fierce battles in the ring.

One of the most anticipated battles will feature two of the best welterweights (69kg) in the country – defending champion Lentswe Zwinila up against Mmusi Tswiige.  Tswiige has been on surge recently and will use his height ,reach and athleticism to outmatch Zwinila. Tswiige will also come in as the more complete boxer. Nevertheless, Zwinila possesses the brute force and power to  punish  any opponent.

Tswiige and Zwinila are no strangers to each other as  they  share a  well documented  history. This  intense  battle  will  test  both  skill  and  boxing  wit  from  each man, whoever will blink in the ring will definitely have to withstand the heat.

The   muscle  bound  powerhouse Zwinila has won the championship three times in a row, however he still has a score to settle with the  dynamic Tswiige  who defeated him 2-1 in their last interclub battle a few months back.

“Expect a win from me, I want to silence everybody, there is no doubt in my mind that the title will be mine again,” Zwinila said this week. Zwinila said he will be more focused and not let the game plan slip away from him.

The  Glen Valley  based  Botswana  Defence  Force (BDF)  officer said he will be very observant and cautious of his opponent’s mistakes and will surely use them to his advantage.Another bout that has the potential of thrilling fans is Onkarabile Scara Mothibedi vs. Basha Motlhane. Nevertheless, Motlhane said come what may, he is more than ready to face off against Scara and give him the taste of his own medicine.

“I understand Scara is a reputable boxer but I am going  for gold. He defeated me in 2014 during the Mooka Mageu competition, this is my chance to level the score,” Motlhane said.On the other hand, SSKB  headcoach Larona Francis said Onkarabile ‘Scara’ Mothibedi is fully prepared for his bout against Basha Motlhane of Prisons Boxing Club.

Francis noted that he has since introduced his boxer to professional style boxing training and he does not expect any major challenge from the Prisons based Motlhane. Furthermore, there will be a lot of interest on the last bout of the day, when Keoagile Rantutu locks horns with Zibane Chikanda (Eastern Military Garrison). The 75kg middleweight bout is expected to go either way as both fighters have a pool of accolades draped on their shoulders.

However, Francis said his boxer is free from injury and has reached the level of fitness he desired. He expressed gratitude to all the assistant coaches and BDF management for offering a helping hand and creating a conducive environment for their boxers to excel. “I believe on Sunday SSKB will be buzzing with utmost excitement.”

Moreover 1.2.5 boxing club Coach Bond Ngubula said he has his hopes pinned on the woman, Katlego Olatotswe to bring home the desired results. Olatotswe will be competing in the women section welterweight in the finals on Sunday against either Makaba Nametsegang or Keneilwe Rakhudu.

She will be coming in as an underdog in the tournament but Ngubula remains confident. Other interesting bouts will include Chabulula Khumalo vs. Rabokhokho Gofaone and  Lightweight (64kg) Kabo Seitshiro vs. Moabi Ngaka.

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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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