Sparks are expected to fly this Saturday when the troubled Botswana Tennis Association (BTA) usher in a new Executive Committee at its Annual General Meeting (AGM).
This follows an explosive AGM late last year when the BTA could not elect a new committee. The situation ended with an intervention from the Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC).As per the BTA Constitution, the Association is supposed to hold its Elective AGM in August and the newly elected committee has to be in power for two years.
However, the tennis house failed to elect a new committee last year over issues of club registration, ghost affiliates and unpaid club affiliation fees. Only one club out of 18 was deemed eligible for voting.Last year’s doomed AGM eventually resolved that the single registered club could not solely decide the future of BTA. The Association also found itself in a situation of non-compliance with the Registrar of Societies by failing to submit Annual Returns for 2015 and 2016.
This week BTA Public Relations Officer, Shelton Benzah confidently assured that the matter is now water under the bridge, “Since the last meeting, BTA ensured that all clubs are properly constituted and want to restore everything to normality,” he said.Benzah continued, “It’s not like clubs were not properly registered, it was only minor scenarios of not filing forms or a certain procedure not done, nothing major, but we have since done our homework and we are not expecting the same issues to occur, unless it is something outside our framework of operation.”
However, it remains to be seen if this will come to pass considering that more skeletons continue to fight their way out of the closets at the tennis authority. However, Sun Sport has established that with only two days left before the meeting, some of the clubs have not been formally informed about the meeting. It is also alleged that information on the nominees of the contesting new committee has not yet been made available.
This week a source revealed that the nominee’s names should have been revealed 60 days prior to the elections day however that has not been the case. “Everything is done in secrecy, we have no idea what is happening and I believe some will not attend this supposed elective meeting,” said a source in the BTA.
“We always travel to those meeting at our own costs and never come out with anything fruitful from it; it is saddening to learn that we do not even know which clubs our committee belong to,” the concerned source said. Speculation is also rife that BTA vice president Khaulini Sichani is one of the candidates vying for the top seat and might possibly stand unopposed.
Reliable information suggests that Notwane Club Chairperson Shingirai Muzondiwa had also shown interest for the president’s seat. However, Muzondiwa is said to have been slapped with a suspension following a recent disciplinary hearing.Contacted for comment this week, Muzondiwa confirmed that he would not be contesting for the seat but would not go into details
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.”