Former Township Rollers captain Sekhana ‘Nandos’ Koko’s career might be threatened by a knee injury he picked during the past weekend Mascom Top8 quarterfinal at the Jwaneng Galaxy Stadium.
The pacey winger, who was starting to regain his form under the tutelage of Zambian coach Mike ‘Dubula Dubula’ Sithole, suffered a knee injury during a quarterfinal game between Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Jwaneng Galaxy on Sunday. Koko contested for the ball with the young hard tackling Magosi defender Thato Kebue, who swiftly went for a sliding tackle.
Although Kebue won the ball fairly his trailing leg wedged up the left leg of Koko. This resulted in Koko coming out from the challenge with what looked like a dislocated knee joint. Following the injury Koko was instantly hurried to hospital for medical attention, while Kebue was subjected to an early shower by referee Lekgotla Johannes.
Considering the physical injury, the veteran winger who has played for both Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Township Rollers is unlikely to return to the pitch anytime soon. The Molepolole native’s injury may be prolonged, compounded by his advanced age on the pitch. In a post match interview, Galaxy headcoach Mike Sithole was quick to comment on the injury after his team outclassed Magosi 2- 0 at home. “It is so unfortunate that we lost Koko early into the season, it is a big loss to the team but we will try to see what we can come up with to cover his vacant position, we have plenty of players to look up to.”
For his part, Galaxy chairman Njabulo Gilika confirmed that the winger had dislocated his knee. Gilika said they will wait for the knee scan to determine the extent of the injury. “The knee is still swollen and Koko is still in hospital,” he said, adding that the player might be out of action for over eight weeks if he has injured his ligaments.
Koko, who caused problems for Magosi on Sunday while playing for his current team Jwaneng Galaxy, has won two league honours, a Mascom top 8 final and two FA Cup titles during his spell at both Popa and Magosi. He was part of the senior national team that qualified for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations but did not make it into the final 23 men squad.
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.”