The last transfer window was arguably one of the most exciting ones. Although there were behind the scenes skirmishes between club officials, that did not deter some teams from signing the players they wanted the most. One such team is Mochudi Centre Chiefs.
Almost all top community teams have had bad spells that even meant condemnation to the lower and dusty First Divisions. Township Rollers, Gaborone United (GU), Mochudi Centre Chiefs and even Tafic have been to the First Division before. Relegation to the lower division was a tough call mainly for GU and Rollers. GU stayed for half a decade while Rollers stayed for two seasons.
Scoring charts in Botswana are a cause for concern. Starting from the Premier League teams to the national ones, not many players have a flair to score regularly. The situation is even worse at national team level. The Zebras and the Under 23s might be hailed for having improved their performances in international competitions but scoring instincts of the strikers leave a lot to be desired.
Julian Mathews, the Managing Director of JB Sports, has called on the Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) to give opportunities to other sponsors for the annual sports awards. Speaking at the launch of the volleyball festival tournament on Friday, Mathews said other sponsors should participate to show their involvement in sports.
Gaborone United (GU) have secured a sponsorship from Chemicals Industries Botswana to the tune of P180 000. The sponsorship comes at a time the team is basking in the glory of two other sponsorships from Zac Construction and STC Cleaning Chemicals. Sponsorship from Chemical Industries Botswana takes the total value of the team sponsorship to a total of P540 000 a year.
It was reveled this week in the findings of Botswana National Strategy 2010 Soccer World Cup that Botswana is capable of hosting two international football teams to come do their pre-training in Gaborone.
BIFM on Friday donated golf kits to the junior underprivileged golfers.
Handing over the donations to the Botswana Golf Union at BIFM offices, the chief executive officer Victor Senye said his company was disturbed by reports that young golfers across the country were faced with shortages of facilities resulting with the sport being underdeveloped.
“We are not the only team suffering, it is currently happening in several major leagues around the world. Currently, in South Africa, two big teams, Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs never have it easy against so called smaller teams and they are also at the bottom of the league.
Botswana’s national team, the Zebras, have probably given out their best ever performance for the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). The team also bowed out in the last lap of the continental showpiece where they gave powerhouses, Egypt, a scare of their lives. Some pundits say that the team spoiled their likely maiden appearance at the finals by losing to minnows like Mauritania and Burundi.
It might be hard to swallow for many Batswana buts it’s reality: Botswana’s national Under 23 team’s historic chances of qualifying for the 2008 Beijing Olympics are very slim, and only divine intervention can help the team.
It is now almost a norm for Botswana football teams to be subjected to ill-treatment by their international opponents in away matches. Local teams, both junior and senior, have for many years been complaining to the Confederation of African Football to do something but to no avail. The situation is mostly rife in West, East and North Africa where visiting teams have always complained.
The last time Botswana participated at the World Boxing Champions was ten years ago, and the performance was dismal. All the five boxers came home empty handed after being humiliated by their counterparts from around the world. This time around, Botswana will be sending two boxers and how they will perform against the World’s best remains a mammoth task.
BDF XI seems to have, once again, targeted community teams when it comes to the recruitment of players. The army side’s latest acquisition is Notwane’s danger man, Jonas Kwape. Kwape has since joined BDF as a trainee cadet, something that automatically qualifies him to play for BDF XI once his 12 month training is over.
In an award ceremony held at the end of last week’s Mokolodi Scorpion Cycling Challenge, Tshepeng Lemo became the first recipient of the Fabian Gordon Memorial trophy. The trophy was donated by POOLCO Managing Director, Graham Hood, in honour of the country’s most talented young cyclist who died recently in a tragic accident whilst training in the sport he so loved.
Despite the 2010 World Cup being about one thousand days away and with intense competition from other countries, Botswana is determined to reap some of the benefits from the tournament. Botswana has already put some measures in place to host some countries during the world’s most prestigious tournament so that it can be marketed world wide.
The Botswana Golf Union (BGU) will next weekend hold its annual independence tournament at the Gaborone Golf Club. The annual Standard Chartered open golf tournament is expected to attract more than 150 participants from all over the country. According to the executive secretary of BGU, Comfort Ramatebele, the tournament would be sponsored to the tune of P60 000.
Gone seem to be the days when certain sports codes like softball, volleyball and netball were the envy of almost every aspiring young athlete. The codes used to have massive followings and sponsors were always pouring money in. The once enviable sports codes now face an uphill struggle to survive or else face the possibility of going down the drain.
Zebras coach Colywn Rowe’s preliminary squad that is scheduled to face South Africa’s Bafana Bafana in the forthcoming Council for Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) has once again attracted criticism from the media. During a press conference that Colwyn Rowe called to announce the squad on Thursday, the inclusion of certain players was questioned.
This year’s Coca-Cola Cup saw the Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) re-writing history books by winning the Cup for the first time in their history. BMC defeated Francistown based side Ecco City Green on penalties. The previous good record for BMC was in 1996 when they lost 2-0 to Township Rollers.
Seeds of discontent regarding payment of the players are growing at the Kgatleng outfit, Mochudi Centre Chiefs. Sunday Standard is reliably informed that players have for some time been paid latter and the situation nearly got out of control last week. Players are reported to have stormed offices of one of the team officials demanding their payments with immediate effect.