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BFA, Gaolaolwe make up

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CEASE FIRE: BFA makes peace with Gaolaolwe

Botswana Football Association (BFA) Chief Executive Officer, Mfolo Mfolo says differences between them and one of the finest defenders of this country, Mosha (Fanta) Gaolaolwe have amicably been resolved.

Allegations making rounds suggested that Gaolaolwe has been in BFA’s bad books because he (Gaolaolwe) had misbehaved during the Botswana 2018 independence game against Namibia.
Sources at BFA told Sun Sport that BFA accused the player of verbally abusing the association president Maclean Letshwiti and allegedly influenced other players to strike over unpaid allowances.
The BFA this past week is said to have summoned Gaolaolwe to Lekidi offices together with his club (Township Rollers) team manager, Motshegetsi Mafa. However, details of what was discussed behind closed doors remain unknown.

When reached, Mfolo, who was present at the said meeting, explained that he could not go into details about what was discussed with the player but said the matter was now water under the bridge. He would then add that all national team players must subscribe to the national team code of conduct.

The BFA CEO went on to explain that their players are still young and once in a while when they are out of line, it is within the rights of BFA to sit them down and restore order. “When these players meet others in groups, sinister mob issues crop up,” he said.

Mfolo explained that when one is a national team player, they need to keep check of what is right and wrong because they are now in the limelight and exposed to international sphere unlike at club level.

Quizzed on whether he was admitting that Gaolaolwe had at one point misbehaved, Mfolo said that he was not linking the player to whatever allegations were being made. Meanwhile, allegations suggested that it was under these circumstances that Gaolaolwe found himself left out of the national squad when Botswana played Angola and Seychelles recently.

“A lot of things go into picking a line up for the national team, the coach does not only look at performance but I believe he used a holistic approach to the matter. We had no influence or whatsoever in his decision nor ever victimized Gaolaolwe for any crime committed,” Mfolo said.

Gaolaolwe, when contacted, said he was in no position to speak to the media about the matter. Meanwhile, Gaolaolwe is expected to join South African based side of TS Galaxy in June. The player’s transfer failed to materialize early this year.

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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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