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Simbarashe cleared to play for Tafic

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Tafic Sporting Club Public relations officer Warrant Kolola has told Sun Sport that the international transfer certificate for their new Zimbabwean striker, Simbarashe Sithole, was finalised on Monday.

This paves the way for the striker to start playing for the team. The feared striker is expected to be instrumental in the second round of the Debswana First division league (north) which resumes this weekend.

Speaking to Sun Sport in an exclusive interview, Tafic’s head coach Blessing Moyo said he was happy with the performance of his team during the first round. They finished at the top of the log in the Debswana Northern First Division league ahead of strong title contenders BR Highlanders who shares 26 points with them separated only by goal difference. Moyo said his team needs to be beefed up in the central defence and attacking midfielder to compete with other league title contenders.

“I had sleepless nights to find a striker but my worries were answered by the arrival of Sithole who has been training with the team since three months back. He could not play last season because the window period closed before his papers could be finalised but he has been training with us and I am very impressed with his performance. He is a very good striker who has since fitted in like a glove and he will come handy in guiding the youngsters in every game that we are going to play,” he explained.

He added that his number one goal keeper Chamonoda Madamombe has long picked an injury last season against BR Highlanders and this could disadvantage the team. Moyo is optimistic that his second-choice goal keeper – Abednico Morapedi – will rise to the occasion. Kolola also revealed that they have managed to sign Ogomoditse Baolini from Sankoyo Bushbucks, Mmoloki Kafuku from Sua Flamingos, Uyapo Dekesha from Gilport Lions and Rodney Buka from Orapa United.

Sithole was top goal scorer during the 2014 CHAN games hosted by South Africa when he played for his country Zimbabwe. After the competition he was signed by Ajax Cape town FC in South Africa. Tafic signed him from Highlanders when they got word that he was free to move to Botswana.

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New GU Stadium Excites Mochudi based soccer rivals

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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.

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Local hockey body to incur massive financial loss post Covid-19

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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.”

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