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Team Botswana inspires Australian boy

An incredible performance by the Botswana team final track race at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games has left an everlasting impression on a local boy, himself dreaming of one day running for gold and glory at the Games.


18th April 2018

Gospel prodigy, Vusi plans to open own Church very soon

18th April 2018

At a tender age of 13, Gospel star Vusi Mtokufa was making money and headlines. He was a unique teenager until fame got to his head. And then he got involved in a life of promiscuity, and drunkenness. At 17 years old, he fell in love with a 22 year-old woman whom he was later accused for her death. It was reported that he assaulted and left her with internal bleeding. He was locked up at Boys Prison in Gaborone before his mention, when he was granted bail. He would later be acquitted. In an interview with The Midweek Sun, the 26 year-old revealed that he had it tough in 2009 when he was blamed for his girlfriend, Refilwe Thojane’s death. He says that there was a conspiracy against him by fellow artists who wanted to destroy him.

MAKWALA FINALLY TAKES GOLD

16th April 2018

BY ISAAC PHEKO Botswana’s 400m sensation Isaac Makwala is no longer an underdog. Makwala won gold and made a telling statement when he finally won in dominant fashion at the ongoing 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia this past Tuesday. The muscle-bound runner blitzed the 400m final with a scorching 44.35 sec beating compatriot Baboloki Thebe who came in second place at 45.09 sec. Walking down tunnel at the arena moments before the race Makwala gave away a lot in terms of body language and facial expression. Usually calm in his demeanour, the runner looked a little nervous seemingly murmuring something to himself and tampering with his trade mark arm sleeve.

Chess academy embraces the visually impaired

16th April 2018

The newly established Limitless Minds Chess Academy has brought high hopes of inclusion and active participation for the visually impaired community in the sport. Through its founder Keenese Katisenge, the academy aims to take the sport to the blind and partially sighted players and bring the game closer to people living with disabilities. The Academy recently partnered with the Botswana Association of the Blind and partially sighted. According to the coordinator of the Association Omphemetse Ramabokwa, the initiative is the first of its kind in the country and they are happy to be playing the board game. Ramabokwa said they have been sidelined in sports for a very long time.

Thebe overcomes adversity

16th April 2018

Local 400m runner Baboloki Thebe was overshadowed by compatriot Isaac Makwala in their 400m final at the Commonwealth Games in Australia earlier this week. However, the young athlete managed to grab the country’s second medal at the ongoing games. Despite coming short to the dominant Makwala, Thebe managed to beat tough competition from Javon Francis of Jamaica to claim a much-needed silver medal.

Gilport in lion’s den

16th April 2018

BTC Premiership minnows Gilport Lions are on the brink of relegating to the dusty fields of the National First Division. With only eight games left for the team before the end of the 2017/18 season, Gilport are currently languishing at the bottom of the BTC Premiership log standings with a measly eight points. On paper, there is still hope that the Lions can still survive the dreaded relegation axe, however the odds are increasingly being stacked against them. In their last five matches, they lost all four of their games and drew against TAFIC Sporting Club.

Rollers dominate Top 8 nominiees

16th April 2018

BTC Premiership log leader Township Rollers are leading the pack with three nominations at the 2017/18 Mascom Top 8 awards scheduled for the Gaborone International Convention Center (GICC) this evening (Wednesday). The indomitable Mapalastina looks set to walk away with all the three awards that they are nominated for. Rollers captain Maano Ditshupo is expected to walk away with the Player of the Tournament award. Consistent performance and leadership qualities led his side to a historic Mascom Top 8 triumph at the Francistown Sports Complex last month.The box to box midfield was a revelation this season and his pursuant performance was enough to earn him a nomination and make him a favourite for the award.

Montsho rebuilds tainted legacy

16th April 2018

Former women’s 400m world champion Amantle Montsho is on track to rebuilding her tarnished legacy at the ongoing 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. Montsho easily qualified for the 400m women final yesterday (Tuesday) clocking an impressive 51.26s and coming second to Anastacia Le-Roy of Jamaica. Montsho was leading the pack until the last 50m of the race when she slowed down towards the end. The last time Montsho competed at the Commonwealth Games was in Glasgow, Scotland in 2014. It was in Glasgow that Montsho failed a doping test and was ultimately banned from athletics for two years. Montsho had come into the 2014 games as favourite having won gold for Botswana during the 2010 Delhi games.

BAA to discipline athletes

6th April 2018

The president of Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) Mooketsi Thari believes indiscipline has been rearing its ugly head at his organisation and the matter needs to be dealt with urgently. So bad is the situation that Thari expects the BBA to enforce a strict code of conduct before the end of the year. In an interview with Sun Sports this week, Thari said BAA is busy formulating laws and regulations that will hopefully put his house back in order. The laws he said, will be a guide for both athletes and administrators.

Sensational Miscellaneous face tough test

6th April 2018

Serowe’s Miscellaneous SC have arguably been the surprise package of the 2017/18 season. The BTC Premiership outfit have been the third best team in the country for the better part of the season. Currently on the fourth spot, Tse Nala are battling with the more fancied Orapa United for third spot in the league. The Serowe outfit even boast of a shock win against championship points leader Township Rollers. Under veteran local coach Boyo ‘Oris’ Radipotsane, Miscellaneous were the first team to claim the sculp of Rollers when they beat the MmaMasire glamour boys 3-1.

BCF to assemble national team

6th April 2018

Following a highly competitive Metropolitan Chess Championships held in Gaborone over the Easter Holidays, Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) is expected to assemble a formidable national team of ten players by the end of this month. The team is expected to represent the country at the Chess Olympiad scheduled for September 2018 in Batumi, Georgia. So far, only four athletes being International Master (IM) Providence Oatlhotse, Fide Master (FM) Phemelo Khetho, Women International Master (WIM) Onkemetse Francis and Kgaleleo Botlhole are certain of their places as the national team list is yet to be finalised. According to BCF spokesperson Kutlwano Tatolo, they will host another tournament to select the remaining best six players. She explained that they have to pick three best players on the ladies section and three more in the open section.

TAFIC, Galaxy in must win encounter

6th April 2018

BTC premiership contenders Jwaneng Galaxy are expected to meet the Francistown based side of TAFIC Sporting Club today (Wednesday) at Jwaneng Stadium in BTC Premiership fixture. Galaxy are expected to be aggressive and push for maximum points during the game. A crucial win against TAFIC will see Galaxy swiftly move up the log and stand on par with rivals Township Rollers with 49 points each. Rollers dropped points after failing to contain the unpredictable Orapa United this past Monday at Itekeng Stadium. Popa succumbed to a 2-0 defeat. Galaxy will be hoping to advantage and catch up with the title favourites.

Magosi bid to stop Popa tonight

28th March 2018

The BTC Premiership is back to life after an impromptu FIFA international break, and the league resumes under floodlights tonight with Township Rollers and Mochudi Centre Chiefs locking horns at the National Stadium. Both sides look set to revive the rivalry that has characterised them for many years. While Magosi have been blowing hot and cold over the past football weeks, Popa are in a form of their lives having set the country alight with their recent mind-blowing performances at continental stage. The game kicks off at 19:30hrs.


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