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Bloated BISA needs more money

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The Botswana Integrated Sports Association (BISA) has urged local sports authorities to review the annual budget allocated to them in the wake of an increased number of sport codes falling under their ambit from 12 to 16.

The new codes are bridge, chess, cricket and dance. BISA president Joshua Gaotlhobogwe raised this issue at the recent Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) Special General Meeting held in Gaborone.

Speaking after the meeting, Gaotlhobogwe said he was just making a comment, which should not be viewed as a complaint. “We have since had an opportunity to consult, the BNSC concerning our budget which should be increased after more sport codes were added.”

Speaking at the meeting, BNSC chairman Solly Reikeletseng said BISA is where grassroots sports development starts. “We must work on a robust plan in regard to BISA we will not have a feeder system. What BISA is currently getting is peanuts considering what they do.”

Gaotlhobogwe explained that the multisport organisation – BISA – is mainly funded by government to the tune of P1 million annually although they submit a yearly budget of eight to P9 million to government.

BISA only receives P460 000 from BNSC. “We often go back and ask for more money from government from time to time.” Gaotlhobogwe argued that there was need to increase their budget allocation from government as they operate 16 sport codes. He added that it could cost up to P700 000 to host BISA national championship event.

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Selibe Phikwe bowls club faces closure

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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.

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BFA FIRES BRIGHT

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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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