Two seasons ago, central midfielder Lesego Galenamothale was revered as one of the best players in the BTC premiership.
Back then Galenamotlhale affectionately known as Lesh, was playing for the struggling Mochudi Centre Chiefs but his individual brilliance often stood out. The player’s antics saw supporters across the league calling for the then national coach Peter Butler to include Lesh in the national team call up. It was not long before a richer rival teams spotted Galenamotlhale’s talents and snatched him from the sinking Magosi.
The player’s move to rival Orapa United, over a year ago broke the hearts of the Magosi faithful and held so much promise for the midfielder’s future. Nevertheless, Galenamotlhale did not shine and carry his previous form over to the Ostriches. During his tenure at Boteti the box to box middle fielder was rocked by a career threatening injury, which led to the termination of his contract with Orapa. In an interview with Sun Sports this week, Galenamotlhale gave an update on his injury and what the future holds for his career in the premier league.
“I hope to start training by the end of February or March. That is the time period my doctor gave for recovery,” the player revealed. The player said there are a number of clubs that are currently interested in securing his services. Some of these teams include Gaborone United, Chiefs, BDF XI and Police XI. Quizzed on whether he could return to his beloved Chiefs, Galenamotlhale said: “Anything is possible.”Despite the abrupt termination of his contract at Orapa, Lesh insists he was happy at Boteti. “ I do not regret leaving Chiefs for Orapa because I was trying to earn a living.”
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.”