Professional boxing continues to show growth in the local scene four years since the new sport code officially became an affiliate of the Botswana National Sports Commission. Leading the charge is the Gaborone based Bond Boxing Stable which held a successful boxing card this past weekend.
The box and dine card featured four professional matches and two amateur bouts. In an interview with Sun Sports this week, prolific boxing promoter, Bond Ngubula said there are signs of growth as local sports enthusiasts are starting to warm up to professional boxing.
“I can say that there is growth as we brought two new sponsors into our event this past weekend. Unfortunately, one of our would be sponsors dropped out at the last moment, leaving us with a deficit,” he said. Ngubula said the numbers were impressive compared to the previous event they held at Boipuso Hall earlier this year.
“There were about 200 seats and almost all of them were filled. Unfortunately, we did not sell many corporate tables compared to our previous event. Nevertheless, not all the seats were paid for, we have stakeholders that require complimentary tickets.
This means about 50 tickets were complimentary,” he said. Quizzed on how his stable acquires sponsorship in the harsh economic climate, Ngubula said it all boils down to how he packages his product. “One of our worst events was held at the Gaborone City Council hall, which turned out to be a poor venue. The event was not of good quality so it did not attract sponsorship.”
Ngubula says since he is a private company, there is no need to consult many people when making decisions and seeking sponsorship. Ngubula argued that the problem of sponsorship drought plaquing many sport codes is that they remain as societies and this has a bearing on how they run their business.
In societies many people need to be consulted and meetings have to be held before a decision is taken. The boxing promoter gave an example of Premier League champions, Township Rollers who have since taken the route of privatization. “It is important to engage sponsors and provide them with maximum mileage.
We keep on engaging our sponsors on all media platforms. We call them whenever we do interviews in the media. The stable also coaches the boxers on self-branding and how to behave in public.”
Ngubula said he was impressed with how his three boxers competed on the night.
Our super bantamweight, Thabiso Mpolokang showed improvement while our event boxers, Tshepiso Mokgadi lost to Zimbabwean rival, Philip Musariri in a very close fight. The next Bond boxing promotion is scheduled for March or April next year.
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.”