The chairperson of Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) Solly Reikeletseng believes more money should be injected into football developmental programmes.Speaking at the 2016 Youth League launch in Gaborone recently, Reikeletseng said BNSC has invested a lot of money into football than any other sporting code.
“Out of all 42 sporting codes, we inject a lot of money into football, even though other sporting codes complain that they are winning competitions and they have robust development programmes”
Reikeletseng said a lump sum of money is spent on competitions instead of development. “There is more money going into competitions, the football senior national team receives more money than any other programme we need to redefine ourselves and development is the way we need to be moving”Reikeletseng said development will ensure that when money is injected into the senior national team it will be into a well-built and developed team.
Moreover, Reikeletseng said local football teams should be rejuvenated and make room for development programmes. “A lot of teams in our league do not have the underage teams and that is not good for football,” Furthermore, Reikeletseng said that football is now losing its magic. “If you could look into the game played under lights on Monday (Township Rollers vs.
Police IX) the stadium was not even half full, if there are no spectators that means teams do not have money to run on a day to day basis.” However, Reikeletseng applauded Botswana Football Association (BFA) BFA President Maclean Letshiwiti whose presidential campaign included youth development issues.
“When the president took over he had a plan to change things. To many change is scary but inevitable, I applaud Letshwiti that his pronouncements are followed by action just three months into office.”
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.”