The ladies team competing at the ongoing 2019 Zone 4.3 individual Chess Championships held in Madagascar is reportedly performing wonders.
As of early this week, Women International Master (WIM) Onkemetse Francis was said to have won all her three played rounds while Women Fide Master (WFM) Naledi Marape was sitting at two points from her three games. Natalie Banda had 1.5 points.
The Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) spokesperson Kutlwano Tatolo said that the ladies were in high form and they expect a medal in the ladies section. Francis who had been out of action for some time is said to have come out with guns blazing and serves as motivation to youngsters of Marape and Banda. The ladies section has countries of Madagascar, Malawi, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Angola all competing at the highly competitive event.
The experienced side of Francis is expected to find it hard when she faces stiff competition of highly ranked players from Angola and South Africa. Meanwhile, the open section has brought together countries of Malawi, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Mauritius among others. The freshly crowned Metropolitan National Championships gold medalist, Fide Master (FM) Phemelo Khetho and runner up, International Master (IM) Providence Oatlhotse represent Botswana. Khetho was said to have 1.5 while Oatlhotse had only one point in the bag.
However, Oatlhotse is also expected to put his foot down and make his presence felt as one of the powerful players competing in Madagascar.In 2018, Khetho won a silver medal while Francis settled for a bronze medal. Botswana will once again this year pin her hopes not to lose grip on the two medals but rather improve for the better. The team is expected home on the 5th of May 2019.
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.”