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Makhwengwe finally resigns

Long standing Technical Education Officer of the Botswana Football Association (BFA), Philemon Makhwengwe is ditching the football mother body for a coaching job at Prisons XI, WeekendSport has established.

His impending move comes after a series of frustrations he has endured under his portfolio, where a couple of National Executive Committee (NEC) members and BFA staff tinted him as a ‘difficult employee’ to work with at the often stubborn association.
Makhwengwe is one of the few remaining employees to have served under the past three BFA presidents; Dikgang Makgalemele, David Fani and Tebogo Sebego.

The outgoing technical officer’s way into the association is alleged to have been smoothly orchestrated by tight relations between his relatives and the former BFA boss, Makgalemele, who is now a Member of Parliament.
Reports indicate that Makhwengwe is the third employee to have handed in a resignation letter since the new broom; MacLean Letshwiti, took over as the association’s president. Makhwengwe will reportedly leave his post on November 30th.  It is not yet clear why he is jumping ship, but highly placed sources say the association has written to him, calling him to appear before a disciplinary hearing.

While sources cannot actively link Makhwengwe’s troubles with the new regime, it is said that the ever-confident Makhwengwe’s quandary began last year September.
Together with his line supervisor, Benny kgomela, he was slapped with a letter of suspension for allegedly bringing the game into disrepute. But it later came as a shock to many when his supervisor was given reprieve while Makhwengwe himself was left in the lurch, fuelling speculations that he was to be sacked pending disciplinary hearing.

WeekendSport had established that the technical arm of the mother body was the most troubled when calls for a reform process were seriously considered. Neither Makhwengwe nor the association are prepared to divulge information as to what lead to their now troubled marriage. Meanwhile, Makhwengwe’s close allies say his future is now decided, he is assuming a new role in coaching.

Previously, this publication had gathered that the former education officer was somehow his own enemy. Reports gleaned from various highly placed sources at Lekidi football centre taint the man affectionately known as “Dr Phil” with a dark brush as his first foot off was when he contacted Confederation of African Football (CAF) offices through an email complaining and questioning the appointment and qualification of Kgomela-who is his line supervisor.

Makhwengwe is said to have claimed that Kgomela is “clueless and knows nothing about football.” Pursuant to Makhwengwe‘s email, CAF immediately contacted BFA through its former President, Tebogo Sebego, to assist them regarding Makhwengwe‘s allegations.
The past president reportedly out rightly refused to furnish CAF with Kgomela’s credentials but rather instructed the now fallen BFA CEO, Kitso Kemoeng, to quickly slap both Kgomela and Makhwengwe with suspensions.

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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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