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Kalavango Awards ahead of new season

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A fantastic night of festivities at Baobab English Medium saw Kalavango Volleyball Club reward eight of its players at a glitzy ceremony. The Kalavango Awards, sponsored by Vincent Excellent Tours, consisted of four categories for both women and men.

The categories included the Most Improved Player, Most Disciplined Player, Young and Promising Player and the Player of the Season Award being the biggest award for the night. The players were rewarded for their key performances in the previous season.

The Most Improved Player award was scooped by the sensational Ngirl Wright for the ladies’ category. Wright showed a significant growth in the previous Mascom National Volleyball League while Masedi Ntoka was the most improved in the men’s category, both players walked away with a prize of P500.

As always sports stars are expected to carry within themselves high levels of discipline on and off the field of play. Wabongwa Cathy Boima was rewarded for the lady’s most disciplined category while heavy hitter Tlhalefo Mongalelwa was the most disciplined in the men’s side. Both players walked away with a P500 prize each.

Meanwhile Boago Motsuminyana has shown drastic improvement and being one of the future prospects he won the Young and Promising award from the men’s side while Onalenna Motswagole was the winner from the lady’s side, they each pocketed P500 as well.

The biggest winners for the night were the player of the season for both men and women. The veteran Monica Alfred, who is also the Public Relations Officer of the club was named player of the season in the women category and she walked away with P1000. Phemelo Lekoko was named player of the season on the men’s side.

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New GU Stadium Excites Mochudi based soccer rivals

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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.

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Local hockey body to incur massive financial loss post Covid-19

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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.”

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