Botswana Netball Association (BONA) will this weekend host its elective Annual General Assembly at the Majestic Five Hotel in Palapye.
Fresh information coming out of BONA is that incumbent president Tebogo Lebotse Sebego is not contesting for the election after being at the helm for over a decade. The local netball league has been inactive for the past few years, which is a concern to BONA affiliates. Moreover, BG Sport has it in good authority that the constituency league attracted a sizeable number of players from the mainstream netball structures.
Netball is not the first sport code to be affected by the government initiative as athletes leave mainstream clubs to play for constituency league. BG Sport is reliably informed that the league sponsors Spar supermarket chain and BONA leadership agreed to divert the funds to the U21 national team preparations. In a recent interview, Lebotse Sebego said the netball family took a decision in 2013 to postpone the elective general assembly.
The assembly was supposed to have been hosted in April as per BONA constitution, a few weeks before the recently held Netball Youth Word Cup. “We took a deliberate decision that we are not going to run the elite league; we took a decision that we are going to focus on the U21 and converted the sponsorship to the youth world cup team,” said Lebotse Sebego. BONA senior athletes and coaches at club level recently lamented the inactivity of netball affiliates. BONA office is expected to release names of candidates vying for executive committee positions.