The Botswana Karate Association (BOKA) will have a packed schedule in the next month as they are expected to select a national team to defend their championship at the 2017 Zone 6 games scheduled for Maputo, Mozambique.
Botswana won the 2016 Zone 6 champions after dominating the regional tournament last year in Harare, Zimbabwe. This week BOKA are expected to conclude the southern qualifiers, which form part of the selection process at BOKA hall in Gaborone.
BOKA spokesperson, Jerry Ditlhong said they expect to hold a short session for under 21 Kumite featuring both men and women. “We have already concluded the kata category,” Ditlhong said this week.
The tournament follows two championship tournaments held in Francistown and Gaborone respectively this past weekend. “The selection qualifiers were separated in north and south for athletes to compete among themselves first as a region and all medallists will have a date in the finals on 18th February 2017 in Gaborone” Ditlhong said.
“In Francistown, the selection was at Donga junior school and in Gaborone it was held at Molapo piazza. The selections had a huge turn out that it was estimated at 20percent increase compared to last year.” At the finals later on, gold medallists will be crowned national champions and will automatically qualify for inclusion in the national team that will represent Botswana at Zone 6 Championships.
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.”