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Masule ponders Highlands Park move

South African Premiership rookies, Highlands Park will have to entertain a second thought over capturing the signature of Township Rollers number one stopper, Mwampule Masule following a shock realization that the giant keeper has extended his contract with Rollers.

The newly promoted side was reportedly interested in the keeper, whom they scouted at the just ended edition of the COSAFA castle challenge cup. Sources from both sides say Masule admitted to Highlands Park scouts that his contract with Rollers was about to expire, rendering him a free agent. The talks to sign him were on fast lane as the Botswana international returned home after the COSAFA tournament, this publication has been informed.

However, sources did not state exactly how Masule confused himself, but reiterate that the keeper accepted and signed a contract extension with Rollers. But when Highlanders Park further enquired about Masule, they were shocked to be presented with a new Rollers contract. The new development, which the South African outfit now fails to understand, means Masule has to be bought out of contract for him to complete the move to South Africa.

It is said Highlands Park are actually retreating and feel betrayed by the Botswana international. It is not yet known who was the representative between Masule and Highlands Park at the time of negotiations, but it is alleged that Rollers was never aware of the intended move of their stopper. What now remains for Masule is to terminate his new contract with Rollers lest the glorious opportunity before him falls apart.  “He actually does not have a choice, the only available option is to terminate, but those guys are not happy,” a source shared.

Masule would be the third goal keeper to be signed by a South African outfit. Modiri Marumo was playing for Polokwane City while Kabelo Dambe was first signed by Platinum Stars before Bloemfontein Celtic snatched him. Masule as good as he is, has been playing second fiddle to both Kabelo Dambe and Keagile Kgosipula at Rollers’ goal posts. He returned to the first eleven few days before the league ended following Kgosipula’s shoulder injury.

It is said the South African outfit started monitoring the keeper when Rollers was playing a Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions league game against Esperance of Tunisia. Although the keeper conceded four goals, he was believed to have displayed man of the match performance where Esperance could have scored more than 4 goals. Should the negotiations get back to normalcy, Masule will be the second Botswana international to be signed by the club after hard tackling midfielder Phemelo Ditsile made the move two seasons ago.

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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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