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German star lined up for Botswana-Uganda game

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It has always never been an easy decision for many sportsmen to choose between the natural country of birth and decent.

Prior to being named to the Uganda Cranes team, 21 year old left footed winger cum striker, Melvyn Lorenzen faced such a dilemma. Born in London (United Kingdom) to a Ugandan father, Drake Mugisa and German mother, Lorenzen as a person and the father preferred and had a soft spot for the East African land-locked nation, Uganda.

The mother perhaps believed and wished the son could turn out for Germany.”Lorezen Melvyn’s heart has been with Uganda and it is not surprising he has sided with the Pearl of Africa” Milutin ‘Micho’ Serdojevic, Cranes head coach told the media recently.

Lorenzen, a regular visitor to Uganda every June (to the family home in Ntinda and ancestral village in Fort Portal) after the competitive season was set for his first cap with the Uganda Cranes in the friendly that was scheduled for this past weekend against Zimbabwe. Micho noted that the main purpose of summoning a player of Lorenzen’s quality was basically to add competition to the available strikers on the team as well as utilize his experience that comes along playing in one of the top five leagues in the world – Bundesliga.

In case he convinces the technical team during the friendly, who knows Lorenzen will don the famous black-yellow and red stripped jersey in the AFCON 2017 qualifier against Botswana in Francistown on June 4th, 2016.He faces stiff competition from six other forwards named on the team that include Standard Liege’s Farouk Miya, team captain Geofrey Massa, Davis Kasirye (Rayon Sports), Emmanuel Okwi and the home based strikers – Erisa Ssekisambu and Edrisa Lubega.

Full Name: Melvyn Lorenzen
Date of Birth: 26th November 1994
Place of Birth: London, United Kingdom
Joined SV Werder Bremen in 2013 from Holstein Kiel.He made Bundesliga debut against VFB Stuttgart on 5th October 2013.
On 13 December 2014, Lorenzen played his first Bundesliga match as part of the starting lineup and scored in a 3–3 draw against Hannover. On 28 January 2015, Lorenzen sustained an injury to the meniscus of his right knee before undergoing surgery two days later.
Lorenzen had his first appearance of the 2015–2016 season in Werder’s 0–1 home defeat to Bayern Munich on 17 October 2015 before being substituted after 59 minutes.

Youth Career: SP Vgg Putlos (2001-2005), Oldenburger SV (2005-2007), Holsetein Kiel (2007-2013)
Senior Career: Werder Bremen II and Werder Bremen (2013-2016)
Uganda Cranes full Squad summoned for Botswana game:

Goalkeepers: Dennis Onyanyo (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Robert Ondongkara (St George, Ethiopia), Salim Jamal Magola (El Merriekh, Sudan)
Defenders: Denis Iguma (Al Ahed, Lebanon), Isaac Isinde (St George, Ethiopia), Murushid Jjuuko (Simba, Tanzania), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Al Shorta, Iraq), Joseph Ochaya (KCCA, Uganda)

Midfielders: Mike Azira (Colorado Rapids), Moses Oloya (Becamex Binh Duong, Vietnam), Aucho Khalid (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Tonny Mawejje (Thottur, Iceland), William Kizito Luwagga (Feirense, Portugal), Godfrey Walusimbi (Gor Mahia, Kenya)
Strikers: Farouk Miya (Standard Liege, Belgium), Davis Kasirye (Rayon Sports, Rwanda), Edrisa Lubega (Proline, Uganda), Erisa Ssekisambu (Vipers, Uganda), Geofrey Massa (Bloemfontein Celtics, South Africa), Emmanuel Okwi (Sondyerske, Denmark), Lorenzen Melvyn (Werder Bremen, Germany) [Kawowo Sports]

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Making outstanding art through waste material

Keletso Thobega

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Following one’s vocational calling can be a tall order in a world that still believes that white-collar work is the only way to make a living. No one knows this better than 28-year-old Khumoyame

Addam Ndove, who is a police officer by profession and an artist by vocation. While he is committed to his work as a law enforcer he dedicates most of his free time to making art. Ndove runs a company called Craft-eyed Designs which specialises in upholstery designing, artistic furniture and décor ornaments, mostly made out of waste materials such as empty oil drums, tyres and pallets, among others. The Francistown born and raised lad tells Vibe that his artistic journey started with a passion he had for art and using recycled material to create distinct new pieces.

One day he got an idea to try out a few art works and he went out to collect raw material and got down to work. “I knew I was talented in hand craft but had never explored my potential. I was impressed with what I managed to do. My work was interesting and outstanding. I also received positive feedback from the public and realised that this was something I could do out of passion and to complement my earnings,” he says.

Ndove explains that Art is a way of expressing himself. “I enjoy art because that is how I communicate and share what is in my mind.” He points out that he is also a businessman so selling his craft was not too difficult as he has the acumen. He however notes that the biggest challenge he faces is that a large number of Batswana do not appreciate art and therefore do not recognise the value of his work. Other challenges he faces include lack of operational space and shortage of capital.

He says that shortage of raw materials limits him from unleashing his full creative potential. Ndove currently runs his company alone and juggles it with his day job. He hopes to one day get an investor to bolster his business so that he can employ other people and grow the enterprise. “I would like to get a spacious workshop and showroom, and also hire relevant employees.” But doing what he loves makes him content. “Bringing an idea to life makes me fulfilled. I always feel great when I see my finished products.”

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BOMU awards go on…

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The 10th annual Botswana Musicians Union (BOMU) awards will be held on 26 January 2019 at GICC. Revellers should expect performances from Lister Boleseng, Nono Siile, Perion, Slizer, Matheke Letane and Kwaito Nation among others. Tickets are said to be already on sale through Webtickets.

The awards will also be broadcasts.
Over the past few weeks there has been confusion over whether the awards will go and this week Phemelo ‘Fresh Les’ Lesokwane officially confirmed that it is all systems go. Artists caused a stir this week on social media when they indicated that was confusion and miscommunication around the awards. But Lesokwane insists that there is nothing confusing going on as the interim committee had been planning the awards for a while now, and had even roped in sponsors.

He said that the awards had been organised since last week but they had to change the date due to a few glitches. Lesokwane says that they had opted for the people’s choice approach to awards. “We have given the public the power to decide who they want to vote for under the different categories. What happens is that when you vote you sms the category and name of the artist to 16565. We are then going to tally the votes when voting lines close on 23 January 2019.

We will then cut down the number of entries based on the number of votes. This will make the process easier for our judges, who will listen to the artists’ CDs and give them points.” He further said that having a high number of votes would not automatically mean that an artist makes it. “One might have many votes but with low quality music and we consider that. We are looking at quality
Lesokwane said that when former chairperson Pagson Ntsie was outsed, the awards were still open. “Registration is still on at BOMU office in Kgolagano at Main mall. Those who had registered can check their documentation.”

Last year BOMU was wrecked by infightings following a ruling that Pagson Ntsie is not the legitimate chairperson of the music body. The ruling was passed in August by the Registrar of Societies. The ruling came following investigations regarding adherence to the BOMU Constitution and corruption claims. Accusations of financial mismanagement and poor leadership also cropped up.

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