Sports

BancABC, Visa sponsor World Cup trip

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.


21st February 2018

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.

Top 8 fever hits Ghetto

14th February 2018

The Francistown Sports Complex is expected to attract over 20 000 spectators during the Mascom Top 8 Final on 3rd March. The Top 7th edition final will be played at the twenty-six thousand seater facility for the third consecutive time when the popular Township Rollers collide with Orapa United .The facility is the largest sports venue in the country, attracted over 15 000 spectators when Jwaneng Galaxy beat Orapa United 4-3 in last year’s Top 8 final. The modern facility boast of an impressive pitch and an electric atmosphere during high profile games like the Top 8 final. In recent years, the facility has hosted thrilling matches that often conclude in a nail biting fashion. The final game will be the third consecutive final to be hosted at the city of Francistown.

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.

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.

Cycling fails to charm women

12th February 2018

Johnmol Cycling Club founder Karabo Moletsana says most women seem disinterested in joining the cycling sport. Out of 28 athletes found in his club, only four are women. Moletsana was speaking on the side -lines of a new partnership deal between Johnmol Club and a locally based auditing firm (KPMG) recently. KPMG has offered to sponsor a youth development team from Johnmol Cycling Club and all four of them are male. KPMG will be paying for meals, transportation and registration fees, for the four young cyclists.

Cycling fails to charm women

12th February 2018

Johnmol Cycling Club founder Karabo Moletsana says most women seem disinterested in joining the cycling sport. Out of 28 athletes found in his club, only four are women. Moletsana was speaking on the side -lines of a new partnership deal between Johnmol Club and a locally based auditing firm (KPMG) recently. KPMG has offered to sponsor a youth development team from Johnmol Cycling Club and all four of them are male. KPMG will be paying for meals, transportation and registration fees, for the four young cyclists.

Injuries hold Nyumasi back

12th February 2018

Orapa United attacking midfielder Tendai Nyumasi’s nagging thigh injury to have negative effects on his football career. This past weekend when Orapa humiliated Gaborone United (GU) 4-1in a Mascom Top 8 second leg semi-final clash, Nyumasi could not continue with the game because of his painful injury. Nyumasi found himself substituted by Ronald Chikomo 10 minutes into the second half of the game. However, the 32-year-old Zimbabwean player could not take it anymore as his emotions got the best of him when he walked out of the pitch.

Makwala Challenge donates to schools

12th February 2018

The 2017 Makwala Challenge Cup that was held in Tutume this past December raised enough funds to buy sports equipment for six primary schools in the north eastern village. The equipment was handed over to all the schools earlier this month by 400m track star Isaac Makwala. The equipment includes balls and related sports accessories for sport codes like football, volleyball, basketball, softball and athletics. Some of the beneficiaries from the football event include Selowane, Tutume, Magapatona and Timbi,Maphorisa and Thini.


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