Connect with us
Advertisement

Karatekas drag BOKA to Tshekedi

Botswana Karate Association (BOKA) National team coach Christopher Ponatshego is facing possible interrogation from the Minister of Youth Empowerment Sports and Culture Development Tshekedi Khama amid nepotism and favouritism claims.

Information presented to this publication shows an association deeply saddened by the manner in which national team for next month’s Zone 6 competition is being made. “The coach continues to try and manipulate our team Kata to include his preferred athletes who did not go through the selection process as is the norm in BOKA,” states a letter from Botswana Hayashi-Ha Karate union Chief Instructor to BOKA President.

A letter from Hayashi-Ha was a follow up to another letter by some parents who also lamented unfairness in karate national team selection. The parents together with the athletes are so fed up such that they even contemplate seeking redress from Khama.  “It is very unfair if you look at the way things are done. It is not fair and we want the minister to know about this because this is a perennial occurrence and since his door is always open he might assist us,” said one fed up parent who preferred anonymity.

“We spend a lot of money on these children to prepare for national team selections. They love this sport and their country, but for them to win and not be picked is injustice that we cannot live with again,” read a letter from the concerned parents. In 2017 according to Hayashi Ha, the same thing happened with BOKA leadership preferring to push the matter under carpet. Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) is also reported to be dragging legs in resolving this issue.

“Male senior team Kata was dropped from the team without proper justification. This move was a way to pave for Tlotlang Ponatshego to do as many events as possible at the Zone 6 tournament and give him a lot of chance to win,” states the letter. “Having gone through the national selection like everyone, this year athlete (name known by the publication) who is the 2018 Africa silver medallist who also scoped  second position at the national team trials, has again been dropped from the team and replaced by Tlotlang Ponatshego,”

 “Having gone through national selection like everyone, this year male kata which was won by (Names known by the publication) was dropped again just like they did in 2017, by coach Christopher Ponatshego and has being replaced with his younger brother Tlotlang Pontshego’s, a team which sat at their homes and didn’t bother to take part in the national team selection in 2019,” states the letter. When contacted for a comment, national team coach Christopher Ponatshego said BOKA set targets for the number of athletes who went for 2017 games.

“The reason why the said athlete (names known by publication) was not selected is because he only competes in one style and as a result I choose Tlotlang since he can do two styles and he won 5 medals from those championships,” he shared. Ponatshego said as for this year, Dan Otlhomile who is under 75kg category was selected because he won the national team selection.  He further said each and every year the national team is dissolved and selections are done every year to provide equal opportunity to all the karateka’s.

“As for this year’s selections only two teams took part being Team Kata and Team Goju-Kai and as a results of low turn up by the teams, we took it as demonstrations,” he alluded. He further said they will send a team to the Beach games which will take place at Morocco in June and the male team comprise of Ofentse Bakwadi, Thebe Dina and Dan Otlhomile while the women’s team includes Entle, Sandy Kgosikoma and Thato Malunga.

Continue Reading

Sport

GU wins title after 13 years

23rd May 2022
GU

Gaborone United was this week crowned 2021/2022 Botswana Premier League (BPL) champions following their 1-0 win over the holders, Jwaneng Galaxy. Thero Setsile’s 13th minute’s goal was enough to seal the league championship, ending 13 years of drought from the Old Naledi outfit.

With two games to go before the top-flight season wraps up, Gaborone United opened a seven points gap to second placed Township Rollers having accumulated 63 points from twenty eight games. The Money machine were the first team to open a new chapter in the history books of Botswana football, when they were crowned the inaugural 2008/09 be Mobile Premiership champions, that came up with P1 million as prize money. Thereafter the club has been on the league drought as it could only manage winning Coca Cola FA Cup in 2012, Mascom top 8 twice in 2013 and 2015. They also won the Orange FA cup last season.

The return of Zackhem as the club financier signaled a new era with a number of galactic signings for the 2021/2022 season. The team brought into their fold big names in local football; Kekaetswe Moloi, Lesego Galenamotlhale and Joel Mogorosi. The arrival of enterprising left wing back Mothusi Johnson, dribbling wizard Mpho Kgaswane and hard tackling midfielder, Lebogang Ditsele made the job easier for the coaches.

Attacker Onkabetse Makgantai also joined the marauding attackers in Thatayaone Kgamanyane and Thero Setsile to make their front line combination the deadliest in the league. Both Kgamanyane and Setsile have netted 34 goals this season with the goal minder Goitseone Phoko keeping 20 clean sheets thus far while conceding just 10 goals. GU is still on the Orange FA Cup race and football commentators believe that they are the favorites looking at the quality of their squad.

As it stands should the Money Machine win all their remaining games, they stand a chance to equal the highest championship winning points record of 76 points which set by Mochudi Center chiefs during the 2007-2008 football season. That record stood for 14 years and Gaborone United could equal that feat should they win their remaining games against Sua Flamingos and struggling Notwane. The Money Machine made the bold statement begging of the 2021/2020 football season when they won 11 games straight games without even conceding a goal.

The Reds, who are under the guidance of Innocent Morapedi, a seasoned coach and his assistant Pontsho Moloi, has been consistent in the title race. In the process, the Old Naledi side has scored 59 goals while conceding the least goals (10 goals) and has a superior goal difference of 49 goals. Gaborone United success breaks Township Rollers and Mochudi Center Chiefs dominance as the only teams to have won the league title more than any other club in the last 13 seasons. GU’s proximity to money and talent were key this season.

Domestically since GU last won the league title, Mochudi Center Chiefs have won it three times; whilst the most decorated football club with 16 titles, Rollers has been dominating the league, winning five titles on the spin in five seasons from 2013-14 to 2018-19.  Last season, Jwaneng Galaxy was crowned champions for the very first time due to being at the top of the table when the novel coronavirus pandemic forced the season to be prematurely halted with ten games to play.

Continue Reading

Sport

Softball returns to play

23rd May 2022
Softball

After two years of no action across various sports codes including softball, Botswana Softball Association (BSA) is going back to the grounds to resuscitate the sport.

This weekend all roads lead to Selibe Phikwe for the top eight ladies championship. The eight ladies teams comprise the top four ladies teams from the south and north regions. They will then come together and form eight teams and battle it out this weekend at the Phikwe Softball Grounds and Area 2 Mowana Ball Park. The competing ladies teams are Titans, Police, Vikings, UB Giants, Rail giants, Scramblers, Carats and Ghetto Yankees. The champions will be crowned thereafter.

Softball Association Public relations officer, Boingotlo Marope explained that this tournament is not only for ladies, she said men’s championship will be held at Gaborone on the 28th May 2022.  She said they have noticed that everything is confined to Gaborone as their headquarters in the southern region. As a result they have decided to take other activities to the northern region as well. “We are trying to grow softball, we don’t want everything to surround Gaborone only which is why the ladies tournament will be held at Selebi Phikwe in the northern region to bring equality.”

However, she explained that the reason they were missing in action is because of Covid 19. “We saw government cautionary trying to protect everyone by putting certain restrictions as spots had to stop for 12 months, we welcomed 12 months to protect Batswana. As a results that lead to the closure as there were no games”.

In addition Marope said they currently don’t have sponsors however private sector has always come through. Bofinet has to cut the sponsorship but that is not due to Covid 19 crisis. “Bofinet has showed commitment, they promised that as soon as they are settled they will come to our door knocking again,” she added.

Marope further said as a results they rely on their tight budget. Few of players has been sponsored, some has to dig from their own pockets, some parents cannot sent their children as some had to quit. “We have worked with our tight budget to assist teams and hoping that in the coming season we can have somebody to assist”.

Continue Reading

Sport

Botswana ranked 4th in Zone 4 boxing tourney

4th May 2022
Boxing

The Botswana national boxing team recently returned from the zone 4 championship held in Mozambique. The team was led by head coach Thebe Setlalekgosi, two assistant coaches, Gibson Rauwe and Pearl Mooketsi. Two referees and judges, Gaseitsewe Ponatshego and Linda Mooketsi.

In the women’s category, Lethabo Modukanele was representing Botswana in the 48 kg division, while Phekie Bele and Sadie Kenosi were competing in the 57 kg and 60 kg categories, respectively. In the men’s category, Kobamelo Molatlhegi was representing the country in the 52 kg division, while Rajab Mahomed was competing in the under 51 kg category.George Molwantwa was competing for under 57 kg category and Treasure Moremi was competing for under 60kg category.

The boxers came home with seven medals, Modukanele came home with a gold medal, Kenosi, Rajab, Molatlhegi all came home with silver medals. While Moremi, Molwantwa and Phekie Bele all came home with bronze medals.

According to Moitshepi Nkabiti, the public relations officer of the Botswana Boxing Association, the team performed well and that they were hoping that Rajab would also bring home a gold medal. However, due to an eye injury, he could not participate in the finals.

He stated that, “though some people might think that how our team performed is not an achievement it is a big achievement to us. Other countries came with 19 boxers while we only came with our seven boxers, and they all came back with medals. That is something that we have to be proud of I really commend them for their performance. Having 5 players making it to the finals is really a blessing and we should not take it for granted.”

According to Nkabiti, Botswana was ranked fourth in the zone 4 championship, which was held in Mozambique. Other countries that participated in the tournament included South Africa, Zambia, Eswatini, and Seychelles. They all had a total of 19 boxers. Lesotho also had eight boxers.

Continue Reading
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!