The Botswana Boxing Association (BoBA) is set to introduce a new high profile tournament in its calendar as soon as next year.
The tournament, dubbed Botswana Open Championship, is expected to attract local and international boxing clubs. However, BoBA is still consulting with affiliates on the matter. The idea to host a third high profile championship was brought as a motion by Tsholofelo Boxing club at the recent BoBA Ordinary General Meeting in Gaborone.
The motion was endorsed by BoBA affiliates. However, BoBA Vice president Orapeleng Mosalakgotla said consultation on the matter is ongoing. In an interview this week, Mosalakgotla said the open tournament will target boxing clubs in neighbouring countries like South Africa. Mosalakgotla explained that the tournament will only receive clubs instead of national team.
Moreover, Mosalakgotla said the tournament would attract more international clubs if they offer rewards to cover travel expenses of visiting countries. “We continue to struggle with sponsorship. The world has since changed and it has become difficult to travel to other countries,” he said.
In addition, Mosalakgotla said they have been struggling with sponsorship in recent years. “This is why we have not been hosting Best of the best tournament for the past two years.
“The Best of the best tournament has always had difficulties finding sponsorship. In the past, we went ahead with the tournament from BoBA’ own coffers.”
According to Mosalakgotla, the funds previously used for Best of the best tournaments have now been redirected to the national championship because of sponsorship drought. The Botswana Open championship is expected to take place mid-year around June or July. Boxers will be expected to qualify for the tournament by a minimum of four bouts.
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.”