Promising basketball star, Bushie Ramabu, is earmarked as a player to watch as Botswana prepares to lock horns with African nations in two weeks time for the 2nd African Youth Games.
The team Manager Peter Ubakar said the boys are busy training, familiarising themselves with the formations and tactics of the games.
“Although the boys do not have international experience on the game, they have played it at schools and trained hard, so I do not see themselves having problems when they take on Africa,” said Ubakar.
As the norm in sport, the technical team will be expected to spy on potential opponents to gauge their strength and weaknesses. However Ubakar said they have not spied on any of their opponents playing.
Ubakar said they only watched neighbours South Africa play. He said South Africa is rich in sporting facilities and infrastructure and is an ideal country for sport development.
This is also the county where Ramabu is plying his trade, doubling that by being a student. Ubakar is confident that South Africa “would not scare” the boys if it happens that they are pitted against them.
He said Ramabu will be key in these games as he has international experience and has played in better facilities.
To add to his experience, Ramabu participated in the Basketball Without Africa programme held last year.
The programme involved an intense three-day life skills seminar, skills development sessions and competitive games against some of the most promising youngsters.
The team coach Mwelwa Sikwila will have a headache when selecting the players to represent Botswana on the day.
With only one player sitting on the bench, he is expected to choose the best four players each game out of the 10 players currently in camp.
The team is as follows: Malebogo Setlhare, Nkobodo Gamu, Monica Tlou, Ramoshebi Motshidisi, Tirelo Bathusi, Dinku Letlotlo, Eric Sentongo, Obert Mokgothu, Tirelo Bathusi and Bushi Ramabu.