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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 12:22

Eleven BPL teams fail to comply

Only five BTC premiership clubs have complied with the First Instance Body (FIB), a committee   appointed   by the Botswana Football Association (BFA) to facilitate the strict club licensing initiative.  

This means 11 premier league clubs have not complied with club licensing requirements ahead of the 2017/18 premier league season. Addressing members of the press and stakeholders in Gaborone this week, FIB chairman Mfolo Mfolo said they have since given   non complying BPL clubs a waver to compete in the 2017/18 BTC premiership league under conditions that they comply by 31st October. 

However, Mfolo said teams that have not complied   by   the deadline would be barred from competing in the   league for the rest of the season if they do not come to the party. FIB has been in a rigorous exercise of educating, receiving applications, advising, finally adjudicating and licensing.

Fresh   information reaching BG Sport is that the FIB was pressured to accommodate those clubs under certain   conditions. The BPL season failed to start in August, which is set on the constitution due to failure to pay match officials their dues from the previous season.  The 2017/ 18 season is also going to start late due to prolonged sponsorship negotiations and club licensing exercise. “The late start of the season has nothing to do with us,” Mfolo said when addressing a press conference this week.

The global football authority, Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) issued a circular no. 1128 in 2007 called FIFA club licensing regulations. The resolution was passed at the May 2007 congress with a clear and simple mission to coordinate and implement licensing universally among members. The local football governing authority is among FIFA members, which failed to embark on the licensing system since 2013. 

The club-licensing manual has been introduced by BFA as a plan to comply with the FIFA circular no. 1128. BG Sport revealed that a number of clubs had been going through a rough patch financially, which made it difficult for clubs to have audited financials. FIB has also put recommendations for provisional license holders to pay for audits as a collective, to make it cheaper. 

Mfolo announced that only Security Systems, Police XI, Orapa United, Galaxy and Township Rollers were awarded outright full license. FIB chairman praised the league champions for even going an extra mile to submit financial budget for 2017/18 season. FIB will be in office for the next 2 seasons. 

Mochudi Centre Chiefs, Sharps  Sports person of the year nomination list. The award has been eluding Makwala over the past few years due to inconsistencies.  The key interest at the awards usually is the sports person of the year who happens to be the overall winner. The sports person is usually contested by the sports man and the sports woman of the year. Junior Female Sports Person of the year usually attracts athletes from the Botswana Chess Federation, Botswana Tennis Association and athletics. BCF hosts more youth competitions than most other codes. Besa Masaiti is not a surprise in this category though she did not win anything internationally even though she improved her FIDE ranking.  

Tennis protégé Tshegofatso Tsiang who is based at a high performance centre in South Africa is another candidate even though her achievements at the international stage are a bit vague. Another dark horse in the junior   women’s category is Galefele Moroko who rose to prominence as one of the few promising athletes at BISA competitions a few years ago. However, the young athlete has also not won any major competition. 

The junior male sports person of the year is the only category contested by athletes who competed at the Olympics.  Gavin Mogopa is the first Judoka to represent Botswana at the Olympics last year in Rio even though he made it as far as preliminary stages. Karate happens to be one of the most consistent sport codes and thus far and Thabang Setshego comes as no surprise. 

Setshego will be a favourite to walk away with the award. Another likely winner is Karabo Sibanda who managed to beat teammate Baboloki Thebe for the nomination. Sibanda’s   record at junior and senior level is impressive after finishing 5th in 400m at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Sibanda was ranked 2nd fastest Junior 400m in the world in 2016. The sport code of the year is one of the toughest competitions with Botswana Cricket Association (BCA), Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) and Botswana Athletics Association (BAA). BCA has one of the best strategies in the land. BCF is one of the few codes to have retained sponsors over the years while the BAA remains one of the high performing codes in the field of play even though administratively it leaves a lot to be desired. The coach of the year category nominees is Peter Molefhe (Karate), Mogomotsi Otsetswe (Athletics) and Thebe Setlalekgosi (Boxing). The umpire/referee of the year nominees are Edgar Serole (volleyball).  Joshua Bondo continues to fly the flag on behalf of the poor performing football team.  Gaone Poane of tennis is also nominated. The contest is possibly between Serole and Bondo.   The group code of the year pits BOTESSA against BOPSSA. The awards organiser included the category for athletes living with disability since last year. Kedumetse John - Special Olympics and Goitseone Ramontshonyane - Special Olympics contest for this category. 

The male sport person with disability Keatlaretse Mabote of PASSOBO and Brightfield Shadi from Special Olympics hooting Stars, Miscellaneous, and Black Forest are the only clubs to be awarded provisional license with grade B. Mfolo explained that the provisional license was for those clubs that met the requirements, though they had some outstanding issues which are key to licensing, for example failure to get a medical doctor. Extension Gunners, Uniao Flamingo Santos, GU, Sankoyo Bush Bucks, BDF XI, Gilport and Tafic managed to pass the test but they were also awarded provisional license.    

BG Sport recently revealed that a number of clubs have released players who were owed money to look for employment elsewhere as  a smart way of cancelling outstanding salaries. Most BPL clubs claim to be relying solely on gate takings and TV rights to manage the day to day running of business. According to the licensing manual all BPL members that have outstanding debts should have a payment plan before they can be licensed. Mfolo warned that tax evasion is fraud therefore clubs should take responsibility and liaise with Botswana Unified Revenue Service. 

Article 3.3.3 of the club licensing manual states that, “only clubs which fulfil the criteria set out in this manual, at the deadline defined by the BFA, maybe granted a license to enter the domestic club competitions of the coming season”.  The newly introduced monitoring and evaluation instrument may force the league to commence with fewer clubs if any member fails to comply. 

BPL recently announced the postponement of the new football season to allow members to comply with licensing regulations. FIB chairman Mfolo Mfolo recently praised the Uniao Flamingo Santos development model. BG Sport is informed that Santos scored the highest in sporting category. 

The licensing has been introduced to the local football authority by CAF as a ploy to curb amateurism in African elite leagues. CAF sent its consultants Honor Janza and Sunzo Nyirenda to come and assist the local association to set structures for licensing. The local association failed to cascade the FIFA vision to make it realistic and achievable. 

Club licensing objectives include ensuring that clubs have adequate levels of management and organisation. To improve the economic and financial capability of clubs increased transparency and credibility. 

The licensing manual prescribes that clubs should have agreed deals with their secretariat, medical doctors, general manager, finance manager, sporting arena and infrastructure.

The club licensing rules guide that all players are subject to medical tests before they could sign contracts with clubs. The local transfer window closed on the 25/ 09/17 and the league is expected to start on the 09/09/17. The new challenge in signing foreign players is issuance of work permit by the ministry of nationality, immigration and gender affairs.

The Ministry of Sports has set new standards for awarding permits to foreigners. BG Sport is reliably informed that BFA is yet to make a case to guide the ministry on requirements of work permit for footballers.  The 2017/18 BTC premiership was expected to kick start on the 9th August. 

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 12:16

Bakwadi eyes top BNSC award

The 37th Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) Annual Sports Awards nominees were   announced   in Gaborone this week. 

Addressing members of the media and stakeholders this week, the BNSC chairman Solly Reikeletseng said the glitzy and glamour award ceremony scheduled for Gaborone will be held in two weeks time. The sports person of the year category is arguably one of the biggest awards of the glamorous night. The nominees include 800m runner Nijel Amos, African Karate champion Ofentse Bakwadi and chess player Thuso Mosutha. However Amos’ year has been riddled with injuries and disappointments. 

The 800m runner does not have much to write home about since winning   Botswana’s only Olympic medal.   Another   sports person of the year nominee being, Thuso Mosutha surprised everyone last year after unseating Providence Oatlhotse to book himself a place at the 2016 World Chess Olympiad in Baku, where he qualified as a Candidate Master.  

Botswana’s karate sensation Ofentse Bakwadi comes as favourite to scoop the 2017 sports man of the year award following a stellar year at the international stage.  Bakwadi brought home two gold medals from the World Championships in Australia.  Bakwadi has also made it into the World Karate Federation rankings after   brilliant performances in international stages like Dubai in the UAE.

Meanwhile   local sports enthusiasts will be surprised to learn that world 200m and 400m runner Isaac Makwala does not feature in the Sports person of the year nomination list. The award has been eluding Makwala over the past few years due to inconsistencies.  The key interest at the awards usually is the sports person of the year who happens to be the overall winner. The sports person is usually contested by the sports man and the sports woman of the year. Junior Female Sports Person of the year usually attracts athletes from the Botswana Chess Federation, Botswana Tennis Association and athletics. BCF hosts more youth competitions than most other codes. Besa Masaiti is not a surprise in this category though she did not win anything internationally even though she improved her FIDE ranking.  

Tennis protégé Tshegofatso Tsiang who is based at a high performance centre in South Africa is another candidate even though her achievements at the international stage are a bit vague. Another dark horse in the junior   women’s category is Galefele Moroko who rose to prominence as one of the few promising athletes at BISA competitions a few years ago. However, the young athlete has also not won any major competition. 

The junior male sports person of the year is the only category contested by athletes who competed at the Olympics.  Gavin Mogopa is the first Judoka to represent Botswana at the Olympics last year in Rio even though he made it as far as preliminary stages. Karate happens to be one of the most consistent sport codes and thus far and Thabang Setshego comes as no surprise. 

Setshego will be a favourite to walk away with the award. Another likely winner is Karabo Sibanda who managed to beat teammate Baboloki Thebe for the nomination. Sibanda’s   record at junior and senior level is impressive after finishing 5th in 400m at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Sibanda was ranked 2nd fastest Junior 400m in the world in 2016. The sport code of the year is one of the toughest competitions with Botswana Cricket Association (BCA), Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) and Botswana Athletics Association (BAA). BCA has one of the best strategies in the land. BCF is one of the few codes to have retained sponsors over the years while the BAA remains one of the high performing codes in the field of play even though administratively it leaves a lot to be desired. The coach of the year category nominees is Peter Molefhe (Karate), Mogomotsi Otsetswe (Athletics) and Thebe Setlalekgosi (Boxing). The umpire/referee of the year nominees are Edgar Serole (volleyball).  Joshua Bondo continues to fly the flag on behalf of the poor performing football team.  Gaone Poane of tennis is also nominated. The contest is possibly between Serole and Bondo.   The group code of the year pits BOTESSA against BOPSSA. The awards organiser included the category for athletes living with disability since last year. Kedumetse John - Special Olympics and Goitseone Ramontshonyane - Special Olympics contest for this category. 

The male sport person with disability Keatlaretse Mabote of PASSOBO and Brightfield Shadi from Special Olympics

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 12:10

BISA, BOPSSA team in Lesotho

 

Over 200 Botswana integrated Sports Association (BISA) and Botswana Primary School Sports Association (BOPSSA) athletes are currently in Maseru, Lesotho where they are expected to compete in the COSSASA games.

The ongoing   multisport games started yesterday (Thursday). The official opening of the games was expected earlier today (Friday). The four-day showpiece is expected to conclude this Saturday and the   rest of the team is expected back home on Monday. 

Botswana is represented by six sport codes including Rugby, Netball, Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis and football. The team is made up of the under 13, 15 and 17 girls and boys.Speaking to BG Sport shortly before departure at the team’s send -off ceremony on Monday in Gaborone, BISA spokesperson Letsweletse Jonas said they would be going all out to defend their championship title in Lesotho.

Botswana secured nine medals in Zimbabwe last year and Jonas said they aim to increase the tally to at least 10. “It will not be a walk in the park, we expect to lock horns with powerhouses from South Africa, Malawi and Swaziland,” he said.

Jonas explained that South Africa and Swaziland have been absent from the tournament for a while and they expect them to come out stronger than ever. 

Nevertheless he assured that his team is ready and they will not concede to any pressure imposed on them. 

Given the four years that Botswana has been participating at the COSASSA games, Jonas said they have managed to maintain a good record as far as bringing home good results is concerned. 

However his wish is to see other sporting codes included in the annual tournament. “We had wished that all our 12 codes could participate but the current six codes are the ones affiliated with COSASSA,” he said.

Jonas said that they have gone to a lot of trouble to ensure that all the athletes return home safely, adding that they have enough official personnel to keep close eye on the team.

According to Jonas, the team included 16 drivers, medical personel and coaches while BOPSSA president Busani Segweni is serving as head of delegation.

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 12:04

BNOC targets 12 international medals

Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) Chief Executive Officer Tuelo Serufho this week tabled a strategic plan that seeks to achieve 4 Olympic and 8 commonwealth medals by the year 2020. 

Addressing stakeholders and members of the press during the BNOC 2017 -2020-strategy plan presentation in Gaborone this week.

Thus far Botswana has managed to securing only one bronze medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games held in Bahamas last month through James Freeman in the men’s 1.500m freestyle swimming. Moreover Team Botswana had no luck in   securing a medal at last year’s 2016 Rio Olympics held   in Brazil.

Nevertheless Serufho, expressed confidence of securing an international medal ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth games scheduled for the Gold Coast in Australia as well as the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Local athletes will be working hard to close the value gap of 11 medals.

According to Serufho, the BNOC intends to achieve their set goals by creating a conducive environment for athletes to excel and hopefully bring home positive results. Furthermore ,the BNOC   boss   said they will strive to make athletes welfare their number one priority.

The BNOC CEO noted that athletes are the main stakeholders in sports and with that, they will be calling for increased capacity of coaches, sport administrators and medical personnel.

Serufho said the BNOC leadership intends to improve the monitoring of athletes and increasing for development. “This could only be achieved through the assistance of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the government and the local private sector.”

Moreover, Serufho   said there is urgent need to improve the BNOC’s talent identification and development programmes. “We will ensure that we reach all corners of Botswana and unearth all hidden talent.  This will assist us in forming a formidable national team that will continue raising the flag high just like our current athletes,” he said.

Meanwhile, the outgoing BNOC President Negroes Kgosietsile said Botswana should be inspired by the improved performance of local athletes at world stages. “The future of our athletes is indeed promising,” Kgosietsile said.

Moreover, Kgosietsile said it is entirely up to them as the BNOC management to support, sustain and nurture the emerging athletes in order for them to shine even brighter.

According to Kgosietsile, the BNOC’s primary focus in the next four years is to reduce over reliance on Government and International partners funding, adding that it is high time they began leveraging on emerging opportunities in the market both locally and abroad.

“This will be achieved if only we can enhance our communication with stakeholders and clearly articulate our mandates. The BNOC is committed to doing their best not only to produce quality athletes but also coaches, administrators, sport science and medicine personnel.”

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 11:59

Wings Moto Park impresses African riders

BG reporter Isaac Pheko this week interviewed Botswana Motosport (BMS) president John Carr-Hartley on the   recently ended Motocross of African Nations  (MoXAN). Car Hartley took   time to shed light on the BMS’ plans with the   impressive Wings Moto Park facility. 

 

Q: Will the Wings Moto Park become part of the South African Motocross national   championship?

A: We are unaware of whether Wings Moto Park will become part of the South African National Championship. Some of the South African competitors and officials were very impressed with the track and the facilities and suggested that South Africa might want to hold one of their events at Wings Moto Park jointly with a Botswana event, but no formal approach has been made to Botswana Motor Sport. In the event that Botswana Motor Sport are approached by Motor Sport South Africa to hold a joint event at Wings Moto Park, this will be considered.

 

Q: Is the BMS   planning to host   other motorsport events at the Wing Moto Park? 

A: It would be up to a Club affiliated to Botswana Motor Sport to decide whether to hold another event at Wings Moto Park. At the beginning of each year the Clubs affiliated to Botswana Motor Sport send a list of events, which they wish to hold to Botswana Motor Sport. 

Once the Clubs have submitted their list of proposed events for the year, Botswana Motor Sport then co-ordinates the events to be held and then issues the motorsport calendar for that year.

Botswana Motor Sport was involved in the organisation of the Motocross of African Nations (together with Gaborone Motor Club) because of the fact that the Motocross of African Nations is an international event and because of the size of the event. 

Normally, Clubs arrange all the events and Botswana Motor Sport oversee the events, which have been arranged by the Club.

 

Q: Who owns the Wings Motor Park?

A: Wings Moto Park is owned by a company called Delta & Ocean Air

 

Q: How much was   spent   in the construction of   the facility?

A: At this time the cost is not fully known, and will only be known once all the invoices for the event have been received from the suppliers. The owner of the property on which Wings Moto Park is located paid for the land and all the permanent facilities such as the boreholes, pumps, tanks and fencing.

 

Q: Please provide any   other relevant   information on the matter.

A: The event has been hailed as one of the best Moto Cross of African Nations ever held. The event was a huge success and Botswana Motor Sport hopes that we have made the Nation proud and that the event has inspired potential new Batswana riders to become involved in the sport and hopefully they will then lead Botswana to an African Championship in the future. 

The success of an event such as the Motocross of African Nations is dependent on a number of factors, not least of which is the commitment of riders from countries which are located far away from the host nation, coming to and competing in, the event. Those teams (such as Kenya, Uganda and DRC) who travelled great distances to come to the Motocross of African Nations in Gaborone show the commitment of the riders and their countries to participate in this important event.

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 11:55

Local darts team competes in SA

Botswana Darts Associations (BDA) is expected to send the under 13 and under 18 national teams to South Africa for the 4th biannual region 5 youth tournament. 

This week, the BDA public relations officer Neo Badubi said the U13-15 team brought home gold for the past 3 years, while U16-18 won other medals. Badubi pointed out that the BDA leadership has been engaged in a campaign to teach the public that darts are no longer bar activity but a sport. Botswana has over the past few years dominated the regional tournaments albeit with little success at international level.  Darts is one of the few codes to have been established and promoted by disciplined forces. 

Youthful players based in the northern part of the country dominated the local competition over the years because the program coordinators are both based in this part of the country. “We are not a bar code, we are a sport code,” said the BDA mouthpiece.  BDA tournament director Ben Tshaba Moilwe and youth coordinator Machena Robert will accompany the team as coaches.   The tournament is scheduled from  5th  to 8th  September in Germiston, South Africa. Badubi said since taking office their main agenda has been to make the sport popular among Batswana. 

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 11:51

Tour de Tuli hailed as a success

Tour de Wilderness, the organisers of the annual Nedbank Tour de Tuli multi-stage mountain bike event, have hailed the 2017  edition of the  cycle  race as a success. This  years’ edition was the  13th Tour and 10th year of riding through the Greater Transfontier Conservation Areas (TFCAs) of Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa. This year saw 255 cyclists ride a total of 248 km along challenging terrain in the three countries between 27 July and 1 August.

“Cyclists from around the world joined us to take part in this remarkable event that once again saw a mix of seasoned riders and first-time participants taking part. We are privileged to be able to enjoy riding in these pristine wildlife areas, and to do so while raising funds for Children in the Wilderness. We are extremely proud that our efforts ultimately translate into making such an important difference to environmental education in our rural communities”, said tour director, Nicola Harris.

 Tshekedi Khama, Botswana’s Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, set the excitement for the days to follow with a memorable address on the first night Limpopo Valley Airfield. Along the route, highlights included breaks at beautiful viewpoints such as Cecil John Rhodes’ Baobab and Solomon’s Wall. The tea and brunch stops, set up at surprise locations along the route, are always much appreciated; while on the final day the highlight was undoubtedly viewing 200-year-old fossils on display at the Bristow’s House, discovered in the nearby vicinity. 

The camp setup, a mighty feat, included Coleman Tents for each rider and volunteer, delicious food, beverages, Bean There Coffee, a dedicated massage team from Balancing Touch and a 32GI recovery drink station. Those faced with technical problems could visit the onsite Hot Spot Cycles repair station. 

After the day’s shower, the tented main area and scenic spots at each camp became a hub for social gatherings, with firm favourites being the koppie at the Amphitheatre Bush Camp, the ‘beach’ at Maramani and the Mapungubwe viewing decks. 

It was a thrill for participants to be able to meet the local school children supported by Children in the Wilderness at Lentswe-le-Moriti school in Botswana and at Shashe Primary School in Zimbabwe. 

The children, all bearing their country’s flag, expressed great delight at meeting the cyclists and each received a backpack with stationery. The children enjoyed being taken on a few short rides by some of the dusty, friendly Tour participants. 

 “Many people ask us how we manage to pull off such a seamless event and the answer is always the same – an event like this is not possible without the wonderful volunteers and dedicated staff that we have. 

I cannot thank my team enough for the hours of effort and tireless energy 24/7 to ensure that our cyclists not only had the best mountain biking experience during the day, but were cared for and spoilt throughout the Tour,” Harris added.  

“Over 150 staff and volunteers helped us put up 1 500 tents (and take them down again), serve 8 688 beers, 202 bottles of wine and 5 800 cups of Bean There Coffee. 

We had lots of laughs, drinks at night to toast the day and many new friendships made; the spirit of the 2017 Tour was, as always, remarkable. 

We cannot thank our sponsors and participants enough for their generosity; together we really can continue to play a meaningful role in developing Africa’s next generation of environmental leaders.”

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