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Hockey plans fail

Following the re-birth of Botswana Hockey Association (BHA) in 2014, the Association under the leadership of Dear Ramajalwa is battling with a number of challenges, with the Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) accused of failing a number of their assignments.

When they were formally welcomed under the BNSC fold, BHA’s primary mandate was to resuscitate the development of sport, however fast forward to now, hockey is still stagnant and have not moved from where they were two years ago. What could be the course for this failure? Sources closer to the boardrooms have painted a picture of the mother body sabotaging one of its own. It is alleged that the mother body denies them help when it needs it most.

“BHA has skilled, passionate and committed players and administrators who are sacrificing a lot to play hockey or hockey development but with little to no support. Lack of support is the main challenge that this association is facing hence its not easy for it to develop,” Unaswi Matebu BHA Vice President said.

Although the BHA is cagey as to who is not giving them support between the Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) or Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) who are both their parents, sources maintain that BNSC is the one fingered for the sabotage.

“We have a lot of work as an association especially traversing the country to develop players but our efforts have been frustrated by lack of assistance from the mother body, in disbursing the resources like funds,” an official who chose to remain anonymous told Weekend Sport. Further adding that “even the coaching courses we planned have never materialized owing to lack of assistance and this hobbled our ambitions.”

The association was funded by the BNSC when they were brought back to life in 2014 and the following year it is said they were given P200, 000, an amount they have said is “peanuts” and can’t assist them in their endeavors. “This amount is only enough for administration,” Matebu added. This has left the Ramajalwa led association discouraged in finishing their term which they were given by the affiliates.    

This however is disputed by the BNSC who has in the past came out clear that they are fair and take all the national federations equally, this was again after some affiliates precisely, the so called minor code lamented lack of support from the mother body. This year it will be seen how much BHA will get from their overseer. Efforts to understand how much they requested for their annual affairs hit the brick wall as those in the know couldn’t let the cat out of the bag. Enquiries sent to the BNSC CEO were not yet responded to by the time of going to print.

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