Monday, September 21, 2020

Sports Briefs

Raditsebe training with Notwane

Hard tackling Rollers defender, Thebeetsile ‘Mkhari’ Raditsebe, is training with rivals Notwane. Despite the refusal by Rollers to release the player, he seems to be unfazed by Rollers insistence on a hefty transfer fee. Rollers are reportedly demanding more than P100 000 to release the player because he still has two years remaining on his contract with the team. Since Raditsebe disappeared from Rollers camp, the team’s defense has been shaky and conceded some silly goals. His experience is solely missed at Rollers, and if Notwane snatch him it would be a big catch because the team is also quite weak in defense. Notwane have already lost one of their defenders, Gobonyeone ‘Shoes’ Selefa, to Mochudi Centre Chiefs. Notwane’s defense woes are also exacerbated by the fact that one of their reliable defenders, Canny ‘Baggio’ Gaontebale, will be out of action for sometime. The player is not well and his doctor has advised him to take a four-week break.

Meanwhile Gaborone United (GU) defender Baakanye ‘Disco’ Mmipi is training with Prisons XI. GU management reportedly told the player that he was surplus at the team. Mmipi was one of the players who played a vital role in helping the team gain promotion from the First division. Even in their first season in the Premier League, Mmipi was a pillar of strength at the back.

Still at Prisons XI, two Burundian players are also on trials at the team. The duo of Sibomana Jean Claude and Nahimana Mohamed are reported to have impressed and it is now up to the management to make a final decision.

Makgatho-Malesu welcomes creation of Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture

The chairperson of the Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC), Dorcus Makgatho-Malesu has praised President Festus Mogae for creating the Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture. Malesu hailed the move as a way government shows commitment to develop sports in the country.

Malesu also congratulated Moeng Pheto, the new Minister for the Ministry, for having sports development at heart even when he was still heading the demanding Labour and Home Affairs Ministry.

Malesu also said the Ministry should not be put under unnecessary pressure, but allowed to settle. She said one of the first assignments of the Ministry should be to facilitate the conclusion of the revision of the BNSC Act. Malesu also stressed that in the longer term, the ministry should seriously consider a reorganisation of sports administration structures in the country in line with international trends.

Under 23 in camp

The Botswana national under 23 team is in camp in preparation for both the All Africa and Olympic qualifying games. The team is currently without a coach following Banks Panene’s move to the senior national team as assistant. Youth development coach, Veselin Jellusic, is currently in charge, a move many people view as a stopgap measure. The team will play Tunisia in February and is mainly made up of the cream of the Premier League. Some of the players include Chiefs’ trio of Jerome ‘Jay Jay’ Ramatlhakwane, Selefa and Noah Maposa. Other deadly players are Thebe ‘Vee’ Maketso, Tumelo Sekanonyane and Joel Olerile. The team is seen as one of the strongest sides in ages.

BRU looking for a local coach

The Botswana Rugby Union (BRU) is scouting for a full time coach who would take over the national team. According to a press statement from BRU, the candidate must be strictly a local.

Another bad year for softball and volleyball?

Softball and Volleyball might be heading for another dry spell. To date, the two codes have not secured sponsorships for this year. The two codes also did not have reliable league sponsors last season. Volleyball only had sponsorship for the women’s league while the men were inactive for almost the whole year. Softball had about two tournaments. If the two do not secure sponsorship this year, it would be a big blow. The two codes always perform well in international competitions.

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