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Vultures defend status in Morocco

The senior national rugby team the Vultures will next week tussle for the Rugby Africa (RA) Silver Cup (previously Division.1B) in Casablanca, Morocco with the likes of Ivory Coast, Madagascar and the hosts.

The Vultures have been stuck in the 1B division for ages. The Morocco tournament present an opportunity to avoid relegation to level 1C or a chance to be promoted to level 1A.This according to Botswana Rugby Union (BRU) Secretary General, Ernest Mantsi is because they are currently restructuring. “Our aim is to remain in Africa 1B; our team has a number of old players and newbie’s so we want to remain there. Next time we can aim for promotion.”

Of all the sides the Vultures will face in Casablanca, Madagascar remains the real nemesis.  However, the team is confident of maintaining the current position following trial performances from the friendly games they played. “The preparations were okay, we played Zimbabwe, Impala and Potchefstroom sides, though we lost we were just trying combinations and we believe our plan will materialize,” he said.

The Vultures open their campaign against Ivory Coast on Wednesday next week (5th July) while Morocco will face off with Madagascar on the same date. The winners of the two semi-final matches will clash in the final on the 8th of July while the losers will play for 3rd and 4th place. The team is expected back home on the 10th of July.

The 2017 Silver Cup is the second tier tournament of Rugby Africa and it doubles as qualification for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. The winner gets promoted to the 2018 Gold Cup, while all other teams will be eliminated from World Cup qualification. As part of the rehearsals the BRU even freezed the league to pave way for the national team. Nonetheless the union has lamented lack of resources could be their main undoing on their intended preparations.

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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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BFA to pay Taylor P330 000

7th March 2023

Botswana Football Association (BFA) has been ordered to pay its former Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Goabaone Taylor over P330 000 as a compensation for her unfair dismissal last year February.

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