Curtain falls for Chikanda

BY NEO MASANAKO The 2016 Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) sports man of the year Zibani Chikanda has decided to hang up his boxing gloves. Chikanda’s last bout was during the national championships held last year in Gaborone, He easily defeated his opponent 3-0 to retain his title as the under 75kg champion, a position he held for the past nine years. Chikanda’s journey in the boxing fraternity began almost a decade ago and now at the age of 33, Chikanda feels that his body has had enough.

21st February 2018

Local boxers get international exposure

21st February 2018

 Three local boxers are expected to compete in the international Fox Sports Africa boxing in Mbabane, Swaziland this Friday. The international boxing bill follows a simillar event that was held in Gaborone last year December. Fox Sports,a global leader in premium sports broadcasting continues to pack a mean punch with its fifth edition of Africa Boxing which includes multiple events.

Chess National champs take off

21st February 2018

The Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) will host over 300 players during a national chess championship in Gaborone this weekend. The tournament will be the first National Championship qualifiers sponsored by Metropolitan Botswana. “In the first qualifiers stage of the tournament we will have players in the open section battling it out for 23 slots at the second stage of the National Championship. In the ladies section they will be battling it out to fill 17 available slot at the second qualifiers stage,” a statement from the BCF reads.

Former TAFIC coach job hunting

21st February 2018

BY PETER MADIYA Former TAFIC FC head coach Elias Chinyemba this week confirmed that he will not be taking the reigns at Debswana National First Division rookies Calendar Stars. Chinyemba who orchastrated TAFIC’s heroic return to the BTC Premiers league this week confirmed that there is no deal between him and Calender Stars. The coach who unceremoneously parted ways with TAFIC last year said he only managed to train with the team for two days before the deal collapsed. “I was supposed to land a job as the head coach for the DNFD rookies.

BancABC, Visa sponsor World Cup trip

21st February 2018

Christmas is expected to come early for three locals football fans who stand a chance to win an all expenses paid trip to the 2018 FIFA Russia World Cup courtesy Banc ABC and Visa. Leading digital payments company Visa recently entered into a partnership with BancABC that will see three winners walk away with an all expenses paid trip for two, to fly to Russia, to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The Swipe and Win competition is set to kickoff on February 19th until 30th April 2018 and is open to all BancABC Visa cardholders.

Nagging injuries haunt Thebe

14th February 2018

Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) national team coach Mogomotsi Otsetswe this week said sensational sprinter Babuluki Thebe will now concentrate in 400m races only. In a recent interview Otsetswe said as the 2018 Australia Commonwealth games fast approaches, Thebe has to stay focused in his main category. The young athlete will no longer be competing in 100m or 200m events for the remaining BAA track and field events. Thus far, Mogomotsi said he was impressed by the athlete performance since the beginning of the season.

BONA engages Malawian coach

14th February 2018

Botswana Netball Association (BONA) has roped in seasoned Malawian coach Griffin Saenda in a bid to turn the national team into world-beaters. Saenda comes with an illustrious resume after he previously led the Malawian netball team to world championships on more than one occasion. The Southern African nation continues to maintain a top twenty-world ranking. Saenda has already hit the ground running having held senior national team selections this past weekend in Gaborone. BONA netball courts were turned into a stomping ground as national team aspirants competed for positions in anticipation of World championships scheduled for August later this year in the United Kingdom.

BoBA seeks former glory

14th February 2018

The Botswana Boxing Association (BoBA) will send only four athletes to the upcoming Zone IV games scheduled for Mozambique next week. It is now apparent that BoBA will not be chasing glory but using the regional games for the bigger 2018 Commonwealth Games scheduled for Australia this April. Nevertheless, this is a sad state of affairs as Botswana have been a dominating force in the Zone IV games in recent years. BoBA could only accommodate four boxers due to financial constraints. Moreover, team Botswana never lost their regional title in the ring. Instead financial troubles saw Botswana failing to compete at last year’s games. This time around BoBA will be sending only four athletes to the Zone IV games.

BOKA’s new generation emerges

14th February 2018

National karate team coach Keone Kgorotlhe says the final selection of the senior national karate team scheduled for April 2018 will not be an easy task. In an interview this week, Kgorotlhe said junior Karatekas are threatening to give most of the senior athletes a serious run for their money during the selection process. Botswana Karate Association (BOKA) training hall was action packed this past weekend with young athletes, embarrassing senior in the epic battle to make the final cut.“Our under 21 category is proving to be a formidable team that is promising to eliminate some of our senior athletes in the near future. Gone are the days when an athlete would retain a championship title year in and out,” Kgorotlhe said.

Bagwasi closes in on title shot

14th February 2018

Three local professional boxers from the D Scud boxing stable are expected to compete in Mbabane, Swaziland next week Friday. The three boxers include Kabelo Bagwasi (60kg), Kutlwano Ogaketse (58.6 kg) and Tshepang Babui (56kg). The three will be competing in the Fox Africa Boxing season five following a similar event that was held in Gaborone, last year December. In an interview this week, D Scud headcoach Thuso ‘Scud missile’ Khubamang said preparation for the February 23rd event are going well.

INF nominated for Sports industry award

14th February 2018

The International Netball Federation’s social media campaign for the Netball World Youth Cup 2017 has made the shortlist for the BT Sports Industry Awards 2018 Social Media Campaign of the Year. The BT Sport Industry Awards are the largest commercial sports awards in the world, celebrating the very best work from across the sector.

Centres of Excellence neglected

12th February 2018

Lack of coordination between the Ministry of Youth, Empowerment Sports and Culture (MYESCD), Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) and the Ministry of Basic Education (MBE) has led to the dysfunction of Centres of Excellence (CoE). This was revealed this past weekend during the Sports Pitso in Palapye. Presenting on the Centres of Excellence, BAA president Thari Mooketsi said the initiative was good but the problem is implementation. Mooketsi said it was important to invite the Ministry of Education so they could have an input on the matter. Some of the CoE include Goodhope, Mogoditshane and Masunga secondary schools. “Students that have been sent to CoEs can stay up to two years without uniform or training equipment.

Gambling revenue to save sports

12th February 2018

 The Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) is poised to benefit immensely from the gambling industry that is set pick up pace in the country. Given the recent establishment of the Gambling Authority, which will regulate the national lottery, sports betting, bingo and other gambling activities, sports is poised to be one of the main beneficiaries of revenue generated from the industry.

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