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Transfer period paralyses GU

The latest confirmation that Gaborone United’s goal poacher, Tumisang Orebonye has completed a dream move to high paying Gaborone giants, Township Rollers suggests that the transfer window period may be rough on the beleaguered Gaborone United.

Orebonye joins two other players who have dumped GU for greener pastures.  Already strikers, Thatayaone Kgamanyane and pacey winger Kabelo Seakanyeng have been snatched by South African outfit Chippa United recently in the eve of the COSAFA Cup finals.
Kgamanyane is the leading top goal scorer with 20 goals.

GU will have to run helter-skelter to replace the stars going into the 2018-19season. The dominant combination between the trio tormented most teams in the past season and they were unstoppable particularly when the team poured forward in attack. The three players grew up together and there is no prize for guessing how their understanding on the pitch was crafted by the now forgotten former GU coach, Rudolph Zapata.

The other player who has already completed his move to Rollers is Jackson Lesole. The young right wing defender is widely believed to be ready to take the baton from Tshepo Motlhabankwe who is nearing his retirement. Once more, the name of midfielder Karabo Phiri has been dropped at Jwaneng Galaxy. Though his blue book is still with GU, Machoni as he is known in football circles, is reported to be training with the Jwaneng out-fit. 

Should he find his way out of the club, GU will have been dealt a devastating blow particularly that he was the icing on the cake for the team’s attack format. He gelled well with Kgamanyane, sometimes pulling up a menacing partnership. They were indeed a thorn on the flesh of big teams like Rollers, Gunners and Chiefs. Without doubt, and if these transfer rumour materialises, the attacking department of Gaborone United will be paralysed.

Another equally good player, Kutlwelo Mpolokang is rumoured to be on his way to Galaxy. The talented hard tackling midfielder was an instrumental playmaker on the heart of the field whenever GU was playing. He is the reason why the trio of Seakanyeng, Orebonye and Kgamanyane excelled with each passing game. To add more salt to injury, defender Thatayaone Ditlhokwe is also seeking to partner his way out of the club with all those who are joining Rollers.

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Orange injects P350 000 into Phikwe marathon

21st March 2023

Mobile network Orange Botswana is committed to supporting the development of local sport. Through its sponsorship, the company will be able to promote and market the sport. According to Maano Masisi, the company believes that sport can unite people from different backgrounds.

He stated that through the sponsorship of the marathon, the company will help promote healthy lifestyles and unity among the people of Selebi Phikwe.

The Selebi Phikwe Marathon is scheduled to take place on July 29, 2023. It is expected that it will attract international, regional, and social runners. A total of P216 000 has been allocated for the prize money for the first ten places in the 42.2 km race. For the 15km and 10km races, the LOC will give away prizes to the first five places.

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Big Guns for Botswana Grand Prix

20th March 2023

The National Stadium will be lit up with fireworks on April 29, 2023, as some of the best international athletes will participate in the maiden Botswana Grand prix.

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AFRICA’S RECOVERY: Sports as game changer

13th March 2023

The year 2022 witnessed unprecedented phenomena. Several Africans- Gotytom Gebreslase, Sharon Lokedi, Victor Kiplangat, Tamarit Tola and many others- swept the World’s marathons records.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting control measures implemented in several countries, led to many high-level sports competitions being cancelled or shelved, the Dakar 2022 Youth Olympic Games was moved to 2026.

Founder and Executive Chairman, African Sports and Creative Institute, Will Mabiakop, says the inability to hold traditional and amateur sports events have had a serious effect on public health overall, including mental health, sparking a revolution whereby athletes began to talk more openly about stress, mental overload and performance anxiety.

“Africa is home to the fastest growing economies before the crisis, no longer on track to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). COVID-19 deepened interdependence between SDGs, making them harder to achieve, especially SDG 10 (reducing inequality) and SDG 5 (gender equality_ as the pandemic had a disproportionate impact on poorer countries, and heavier burdens (such as care work) fell to women.”

Mabiakop stresses that as policymakers contemplate actions to speed up recovery and build resilience, they must argue that sports and creative businesses should play a central feature in this effort.

“The sports economy worldwide is estimated at 5% of GDP, but only 0.5% in Africa. If exploited, Africa’s sports and creative industries can offer policymakers innovative solutions. Especially, as regards job creation, and providing employment to the 15 million people entering the job market annually.”


By leveraging the two-for-one concept: past studies shown that a 1% growth in the economy delivers a 2% job increment in this sector (these ratios are calculated using data from 48 African countries and adjusted to the reality of the sports economy in Africa by the authors). There are between 30 and 50 job types, in sports and creative industries, respectively. These jobs do not fade away with the first major shock.

Mabiakop indicated that policymakers can use these industries to tackle multiple crises- jobs, poverty, and climate risks. Sports diplomacy- defined as communication, representation and negotiation in or through the prism of sports- has proven effective in building inclusive and cohesive societies. Moreover, sports and the creative industry can support better mental health and well-being, both important for productivity.

“Policymakers can also be true to the game by leveraging culture and tradition to celebrate identity and reap commercial value in sports, textiles and jewelry. Creative sectors allow deeper connection with culture, are not easily copied and provide great economic potential.”

He said supporting grassroots sports has powerful distributional effects. “Fortunately, technology has made reaching wide audiences easier, generating higher rates of success when talent is discovered.”

However, Mabiakop held that potential pitfalls must be highlighted. “First avoid build it and they will come policies with infrastructures denuded from the rest of the ecosystem. Like the many sports stadiums left largely unused.”

“Policymakers must remain mindful of how these sectors move the needle in human capital development. Also, align the requisite public policies needed for progress from grassroots participation to professional sports, and even to international sporting events. They should also support investment instruments to render these sectors performant.”

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