This weekend Debswana First Division League game between TAFIC and log leaders, BR Highlanders in Francistown will either solidify BR Highlanders’ position in the log or catapult TAFIC to the apex of the log Both teams have played seven games with BR Highlanders, a Mahalapye outfit, winning five of them and drawing the other two while TAFIC won five of its games, drew one and lost one.
While BR is currently at the top of the log with 17 points, TAFIC is tied at third position with Motlakase FC with 16 points each. However, Motlakase FC has a goal advantage over TAFIC. Coach Blessing Moyo was philosophical when asked if the game doesn’t put him under pressure: “It is a game that has to be played. We take it like any other game but hope for a win so that the three points give us some form of mileage.
We need the points,” said Moyo who added that, because Highlanders is at the top of the log, it would be an achievement to beat it. “If you seek to be a champion, you have to beat the best.” According to Moyo, TAFIC supporters have played a big role in the success of the team thus far. “The players cannot go far alone.
The supporters must come in large numbers and do what they do best which is to cheer their team to victory,” said the TAFIC mentor. For his part, Highlander coach, Oris Radipotsane bemoaned that he has not won his last two games.
“One of my problems is that, I have never played with my first choice squad due to injuries or work commitments disturbing my players. We are however not under pressure. This is because while TAFIC have played only at home where they even lost and drew, I have won three away games,” said the former national squad player.
Radipotsana, who has coached in the Premier League indicated that he could not be under pressure ahead of a game against TAFIC because, as a coach, he has faced the Francistown based team before it relegated to the First Division League.
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.”