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Rollers, Orapa commence CAF assignments

BTC Premier League champions Township Rollers will face Madagascar outfit Caisse Nationale de Prévoyance Sociale Sport (CNAPS) football club in the preliminary stages of CAF champions’ league.

Orapa United will host Mbabane Swallows of Swaziland after winning the Mascom top 8 tournament round of CAF champion’s league. The Mmamasire west based club will first play the first leg at Madagascar, Antananarivo and a return leg will be played in Gaborone a fort night later. Dates for both games will be confirmed next year January.

On the other hand, Orapa United who hammered Rollers by 3-1 in April to close a defining season is expected to make a maiden appearance in CAF’s confederation cup, and leave a lasting legacy.  Both Orapa United and Township Rollers boast high profile coaches. Mark Harrison is expected to lead Rollers into what is often called a tough football assignment, and after clinching A license certificate in coaching, a more serious campaign is anticipated. 

Madinda Ndlovu, whose story is well documented in local football will once again steward Orapa’s ship into a continental showpiece. He once held the fort with Mochudi Centre Chiefs, but unavailability of resources hampered his success. Rollers opponents, CNAPS has appeared only twice in preliminary rounds of CAF, for the first time in 2011 and in 2014. In both occasions, the club could not go past the first hurdle. In last year’ round, Rollers were condemned out of the competition by South African power house Kaizer Chiefs.  

CNAPS have won the country’s premier league title 5 times in the last six seasons. United opponents on the other hand do not pose a serious threat, but are more experienced in the African game. While The Ostriches will be making their first ever appearance, Mbabane Swallows will be making their sixth showing. In all their last games, the club, like many others could only manage to participate in the first round but failed dismally to proceed to the next stages, a factor that might work to the amusement of Ndlovu’s troops.

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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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