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BAA flexes muscles for World Champs

Botswana’s 800m sensation, who is also a 2012 Olympic silver medalist, Nigel Amos, will together with the 2010 Commonwealth gold medalist, Amantle Montsho, lead other athletes to hoist this country’s flag high at the upcoming 17th edition of World Athletics Championship in Doha, Qatar.

The event which are part of the international governing body for athletics International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), is scheduled to start on the 27th of this month untill the 6th of October, in Doha. Team Botswana is made up of 13 athletes who will battle it out with other nations to reveal who is who in athletics, this comes a few months before next year’s Tokyo Olympics..

Isaac Makwala, the 400m race veteran, has failed to meet the qualification deadline (September 6), for this year’s IAAF World Championships, after registering relatively bad times. In the past All Africa Games held in Morocco, Makwala clocked 46:55, at the semi-finals. This was the last chance for the athlete to have qualified for the world showpiece.

Popularly known for his trade-mark push-ups, Makwala will watch from afar as he continues to struggle to recover from the hamstring tendon tear injury he sustained at a Eugene Diamond League last year (May), ultimately resulting in him being inactive for the whole of 2018.
Another impediment for the athlete could be age. Makwala is 33 and it has been proven world-wide that most athletes see their graph decelerating and perhaps this has been long coming to him and Botswana Athletics Association (BAA).

Baboloki Thebe is another runner who will miss the biennial championship, following an injury at the just ended All African Games and was ruled out for six weeks. It is a blow for the country as the Kgatleng athlete has proven to be one of the fastest wheels for the relay team that bagged a gold at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games as well as winning a silver medal in the individual 400 metres event.

In the women’s category, still in 400m circuit, which this country is synonymous with, Christine Botlogetswe and Galefele Moroko are fit to represent the country at the competition. The duo have also made it easy for themselves by qualifying for the Olympics. Moroko won gold at the just ended All Africa games held in Morocco by clocking 51:30, while Christine Botlogetswe who has already qualified for the finals of the 2019 IAAF Diamond League on spot number 3 with 19 points according to the latest diamond league standings, took silver

The men and women’s 4x400m relay teams will compete in this upcoming event after winning at Bahama World Relays, two years ago. The local teams could not compete at the Yokohama World Relays due to the recurring administrative lapse at the association. Botswana men’s 4X400m team is currently ranked 15th, after Colombia relegated them to 15th last month from last month’s 2019 Pan American game. The women’s team however, is ranked 12th in the World. This follows times clocked at the Gold Coast Commonwealth games two years ago. The men’s team clocked 3:01.78, whereas the women’s team clocked 3:26.86 at the same championships.

MALE                                                                             FEMALE TEAM
Ditiro Nzamani 400m                                                     Gaefele Moroko 400m
Leungo Scotch 400m                                                      Thomphang Basele 4x400m                           
Nigel Amos 800m                                                           Amantle Montsho 4x400m
Onkabetse Nkobolo 4x400m                                          Christine Botlogetswe 400m
Boitumelo Masilo 4x400m
Zibane Ngozi 4x400m
Leaname Maotoanong 4x400m

Justice Dipeba Coach
Kebonyemodisa Mosimane Coach
Oabona Theetso Manager

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Chiefs’ ownership talks collapse

19th October 2020

Takeover talks inside Mochudi Centre Chiefs boardroom appear to have collapsed following months of intense persuasion between Chairman Thapelo Tsheole and apparent shareholders, Matshidiso Sexton Kowa and one Tsieng Ramotsha.

Both Kowa and Ramotsha are equal shareholders of Mochudi Center Chiefs PTY Ltd, as per Companies and Intellectual Property Authority (CIPA) records.

It is said that the current Chairman has grown exasperated with the failure to make significant progress where he wanted to professionalize the club and turn it into a footballing company.

Sources speaking with WeekendSport state that Tsheole wants both Directors to cede 75 percent of their shares to society as he believes the transitional route from society to a company has been bypassed.

Tsheole officially raised his hand for the first time this year, in an attempt to bring an end to more than a decade spell of Chiefs’ ownership, and appeared to have pinned his hopes on reaching an agreement with both Kowa and Ramotlhwa because of their status and good standing as former Chiefs administrators.

However, he now feels he was wrong to believe he was serious in his attempt to cajole the supposed club owners and those close to him have also said he feels he is now wasting his time speaking to them.This follows unsuccessful negotiations where both Directors were alleged to have been left in utter shock concerning the approach and presentation of the Chairman.

While the two Directors would not be drawn to comment, it is said they are both hamstrung to divulge deeper details to Tsheole because of his ambition to transform the club.

Tsheole, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Stock Exchange was surprised when he tried to register a commercial footballing company on behalf of Mochudi Centre Chiefs. He deliberately chose the ‘Mochudi Centre Chiefs’ name because of its popularity as it remains a brand country wide.

He found out that the company name already exists and is under the directorship of both Kowa and Ramotsha.When approached for comment Tsheole could not field any of WeekendSport enquiries but refereed the paper to Pollen Makgane who is the club’s Public Relation Officer.

Makgane confirmed that there are ongoing talks between Chiefs’ current committee and club directors to help in transformation. He said it is not an easy exercise as a lot of understanding has to be done to appreciate the two side of the story.

“I want us to protect the status of the two directors but what is more important is that talks are not as smooth as we had expected. You will recall that Tsheole was given the mandate to transform the club but now there is a deadlock of club ownership,” he said.

While Mochudi Center Chiefs PTY LTD was registered sometime in February of this year, there was another company, Centre Chiefs PTY LTD, associated with the club which has been in existence since the early 1990s. This is the same company that acquired a 7 hector piece of land in Mochudi.

The company had 7 directors namely Victor Kowa as the Executive Chairman, Ezekiel Mooki who was appointed the Technical Director, Serake Mfollwe holding the post of director of Marketing and Public Relations, Simon Mmopi coming as Director of Development, Mac Lean Letshwiti holding the fort as Director of Finance, Sexton Kowa who was Youth Development Director and Kgafela Kgafela who occupied the post of Director of Legal Affairs and Board Secretary.

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Sebego lieutenants protest election results

19th October 2020
Maokaneng Bontshetse

Fresh from losing the Botswana Football Association (BFA) National Executive Committee elections, Tebogo Sebego’s aspiring Vice Presidents, Maokaneng Bontshetse and Senki Sesinyi have immediately lodged a protest, arguing that elections were not free and fair.

Of particular interest, the two rejected vice presidents question the involvement of BFA staff members in the counting and verification of ballot papers.

Their arguments rest on Article 20 of the electoral code which reads thus; “only members of the electoral committee may take part in the count.”

Furthermore, Sesinyi, who lost the elections to the eventual winner Masego Ntshingane, argues that Article 16 of the electoral code was flaunted especially during run-off.

The article states that the ballot paper shall be of a different colour for each round of elections.According to Sesinyi’s observations, BFA electoral committee did not use a different colour when the election went to second round.

“The above was not followed as BFA secretaries [sic] was conducting elections which contravened the above section as evidenced by the observers and submitted on the day of elections to the elections officers present. Evidence shall be provided if needed,” Sesinyi wrote.

Sesinyi also submitted that there were allegations of bribery which were doing rounds on the day of elections and even after, something which might have impacted on the outcome of election. In conclusion, Sesinyi seeks fresh elections for all candidates as all processes were not followed.

On the day of the elections, Sesinyi was stationed at Jwaneng where he was eventually voted by 23 delegates out of possible 60.On the other hand, Maokaneng submissions are somewhat similar to that of Sesinyi especially on arguments of Article 20. But he built his case around an alleged spoilt vote that appeared to have cost him the win.

Maokaneng argues that article 21 of the electoral code was violated because, by his own admission, there was no invalid ballot paper as per the definition of the article.“My vote was not counted, reasons known by the secretariat who was verifying and conducting elections by helping the electoral committee member and further ignored Mr Leaketsa’s advice,” Bontshetse submitted.

He further argues that his ballot paper did not have any distinctive marks as defined by the electoral code. The ballot paper did not also bear any words except that of the candidate and could not be labelled as spoilt vote.

It turned out that Bontshetse’s vote was mistakenly thrown into a different box by a delegate but the electoral committee took a decision that it must be regarded as a spoilt vote. This occurred at Palapye voting centre.

“I refer you to the verbal protest that was lodged by an observer at Palapye regarding the counting of the ballot on which a vote under my name was disqualified without any valid reason, therefore contravening the electoral code,” he further submitted.

In conclusion, just like Sesinyi, Bontshetse seeks fresh elections for all candidates. He lost the post to Marshlow Motlogelwa. Bontshetse was voted by 28 delegates while Motlogelwa got 29 votes.


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Ngele to stay in SA

19th October 2020

Mogakolodi Tsotso Ngele will continue to be a resident at Limpopo Province after penning a two year deal with Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila Football Club. PIC: BACKPAGE

Ngele was formerly with Black Leopards where he endured a trophy-less season under different coaches.
Leopards is also based in Limpopo province and will share the Thohoyandou stadium with Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila.

Tshakhuma purchased the premier league status of Bidvest Wits few months ago.Ngele is expected to be unveiled alongside mega signings in the mould of former Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates midfielder Oupa Manyisa and Thabo Mnyamane of Supersport United.

Ngele left Black Leopards during the bio-bubble after it was discovered he had signed a pre-contract with Wits before the club was sold.Before agreeing a deal with TTM, Ngele was said to be torn between playing for one more year at South Africa and coming to Botswana to play for high paying Township Rollers.

The Rollers decision was to hinge on his private business where he wanted to monitor it closely. He owns a sporting clothing label and has already signed a two year deal with Notwane FC.Ngele’s career at Leopards blew hot and cold.

He only enjoyed his stay when his former coach Calvin Johnson was at the helm. He played crucial matches and his stunning free kick against Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs is still remembered by his followers.However, there have been many other factors at play.

It is said Ngele’s future at Black Leopards encountered problems of many kind. His future was believed to have been dulled by injuries and a confidence that strangely refused to bloom.The player was also said to have broken ranks with Leopards management where he shocked them when playing for the senior national team late last year albeit claiming to be suffering from a thigh injury.

Ngele went to South Africa on the books of Platinum Stars. His marvellous seasons with the club left Sundowns impressed and they wasted no time to sign him on a five-year contract deal.

This was after winning himself a couple of Man of the Match accolades before scooping the Telkom player of the season in the 2015 season.

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