Men and Boys for Gender Equality hosted and organised a workshop for Township Rollers and Mochudi Centre Chiefs players last week. They held another workshop for Extension Gunners’ players this Tuesday.
The workshops, according to the Non-Governmental Organisation, are aimed at educating players on issues of violence against women and the impact of social media in players’ lives. The workshop took place after a few local stars were in the media for the wrong reasons. Local stars proved to be vulnerable to issues of gender based violence.
Men and Boys claim that they wanted to target perpetrators of violence. The two clubs are arguably the most supported and the highest paying clubs in the country. â€¨
Footballers Union Botswana Life (FUB) President Diphetogo Selolwane expressed his gratitude to Men and Boys for imparting knowledge to the players. According to the FUB honourary President, players are human beings and they have an opinion. “As players we also face challenges that ordinary men go through”, Selolwane warned. He said they want the programme to accommodate all 16 BPL clubs.
The former GU star explained that he also went through same temptations as the current crop of players. “I am also a young man who faced the same temptation, it is difficult, it’s not easy but it can be done”, the former Zebras striker said. Selolwane acknowledged that players do learn from their mistakes.
He advised players to understand that the community looks up to them in many ways and charged them to be mature and responsible. “You have to be a good person whether you like it or not. We need to focus and be the best person you can be, listen, open up for advice, read, follow what’s happening around the world”, advised Selolwane.
He challenged players to be concerned for other people more especially women because they deal with them on a daily basis. “We have to try to do our best around them, some of us are fathers and we don’t have to be fathers from a distance”. Men and Boys held the workshop to reach out to players so as to use them to convey the message to the rest of the footballing public.
Team leader at Men and Boys for gender equality Desmod Lunga said they are working closely with Footballers Union Botswana to reach out to the footballing audiences. “We started with these two teams,” Lunga said, adding they want players to learn to know how to treat themselves with respect, as brand, and be sellable to the public. He advised that players must create a relationship with the community.
According to Lunga they want players to be part of the solution on these issues. Lunga explained that “when it comes to issues of gender based violence, considering that players have a lot of following and they influence other people in the society”.
The organization has agreed with the two clubs to play a challenge match during the 16 days of activism against gender based violence campaign. Chiefs and Rollers were expected to play each other at the National Stadium tonight at 7pm, but Chiefs withdrew and the game will now feature Mapantsula and Mapalastina.
Tickets are already on sale at the web tickets centers around the country, P80 grand stand and P40 elsewhere.
Selibe Phikwe bowls club faces closure
Selibe-Phikwe Bowls Club faces a possible collapse, Sun Sports has learnt. This follows the closure of the BCL mine back in 2016, which has seen the club struggle without the supply of electricity and water.
Speaking to this publication this week, the chairperson of Phikwe club Oabona Motladiile said that things have been stagnant since the mine closed doors. “Nothing is happening here, there is no action at all because when the mine closed, it meant there was no one to pay for the water and electricity bills,” Motladiile said.
Motlaadile explained that their grounds are situated at Area 2, a place that the mine paid all bills for, however it has since proved very hard for them to maintain the green that needs constant watering. He said they do not have any alternative facilities to use and have since informed the Phikwe council about their difficulties but still solutions have not been found.
The Phikwe Chairman at the time of going to press said he was not sure of the exact figures they needed on a monthly basis but around 20 000 litres of water and electricity not exceeding P 1 000. He lamented that the Phikwe club is one of the oldest clubs locally and at one point had about 30 members. However, numbers have been dropping because there is no action.
“We are a very competitive club of men and women who make it into the national team,” he said. John Gaborutwe who is the BBA Vice President said that the possible closure of Phikwe Bowls Club was one of the topical issues to be discussed during the BBA Annual General Meeting (AGM) this coming weekend. The affiliates will be expected to vote for a new Vice President, Treasurer and Director of Bowls as the term for the current office bearers expires.
The AGM will be followed by the start of the Rose Bowl tournament. The tournament is the 1st of the 5-series major tournaments for the 2019 season. The remaining tournaments will be held in Francistown, Orapa, Jwaneng and Phikwe respectively. Jwaneng club is the defending champions.
BFA FIRES BRIGHT
Allegations coming out of the Botswana Football Association (BFA) are that national football team head coach Major David Bright has been fired as of Tuesday this week. The illustrious veteran tactician took over from Englishman Peter James Butler more than a year ago.
At the helm of the Zebras, Bright struggled to bring home positive results and find winning combinations. Having failed to lead Zebras past the qualifying stages of the 2019 Afcon competition was the first sign of trouble for the veteran coach at Lekidi. Furthermore the experienced tactician was expected to improve Botswana’s position in the FIFA world rankings. The Zebras are currently in the lowly 145th position.
According to sources close to the matter, Bright was handed a termination letter and challenged to show cause why he should not be relieved of his duties at Lekidi. As one of the most decorated coaches in both Botswana and CAF region, Bright has coached numerous teams including South Africa’s Bay United, Gaborone United and Morupule Wonders.
Reached for comment on the matter the BFA president Maclean Letshwiti insisted that the former army man is still in charge of the senior national team. For his part Bright said he could not comment on the matter and referred Sun Sport to the BFA.
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