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Rollers identify Talk-Talk replacement

Gaborone United’s right back Jackson Lesole is tipped as a potential replacement for Township Rollers veteran player Tshepo Motlhabankwe as the former enters the doorstep of a glittering football career.

Lesole, a former Motlakase Power Dynamos defender is among the exodus at United and is expected to finalise a deal with the high paying Rollers in the not-so-distant future. Reports speculate that Motlhabankwe will not be given a contract extension at the end of the season although this is not proudly maintained at the heart of the Jagdish Shah led outfit. There is information to the effect that Rollers might offer the player a six months extension, but in any case, it is believed that Lesole is joining Rollers to fill Motlhabankwe’s shoes.

There is no doubt that time has sped past Motlhabankwe, and it is no wonder the team cannot afford to rest on its laurels in search of his perfect replacement. ‘Talk Talk’ as he is affectionately known, is a player with the global game at his feet, although now well in the wrong side of 30; he has claimed titles with almost every team he has played for. He has been a match winner at Township Rollers, Mochudi Centre Chiefs and remarkably with struggling sides like BMC FC and Extension Gunners. In all conceivable ways, it is an experience that is now tested in the ongoing CAF Champions league.

Motlhabankwe’s game throughout the seasons has never been raw and on international duty, the potential was enormous. The player’s thrust and goal threat has caught the attention and admiration of the country. To date, his career has been a pursuit of self improvement.  This is a player who endlessly encourages other players to give their all. Those close to him say he was never discouraged by late stiff competition and instead, put his club first. Such an entourage is common with old players, but it is rare with domestic ones.

His commitment is a total reflection on the way he was brought up. He is competitor of astute qualities who knows when to speak and work. The young Lesole will no doubt fill a bigger vacuum left by Motlhabankwe. Lesole’s strength of character, though, should not be underestimated. He has always known what he wanted, from when he left home to join Motlakase, to battling through a testing start at GU, where, at the time of his arrival, talent was over pouring.

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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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