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BFA upholds League decisions

Premier League Chief Executive Officer (CEO); Bennett Mamelodi

The Federation that runs domestic football, BFA has met amid mounting pressure to deliberate on the football doldrums eating away the sculpt of the Botswana Premiership, and a two-way decision was taken on Wednesday afternoon to endorse the premier league board resolutions until thorough  investigations are dealt with- WeekendSport has established.

Sources have revealed, the National Executive Committee, although operating within a hostile environment, managed to convince each other to let the premier league investigate and give back findings without any hiccups from the mother body, BFA.  

However, it is reported that, the NEC-which to this date, has split in two camps- has seen the other side remaining steadfast in their insistency that a detailed explanation be furnished to them regarding the appointment of Business profilers, a company co-directed by Horotia Mahloane. This was done to fill the position of premier league Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Bennett Mamelodi, who remains suspended pending investigations. Mahloane himself was asked to hold the fort in the CEO office.

Another side, which is believed to be very much livid with their President, Tebogo Sebego, is reported to have flatly rejected the idea of restoring Walter Kgabung who was recalled when beans of maladministration were spilled. Until his fall, Kgabung has been wearing the hat of premier league board chairman.  

‘‘There was no how we could have let them impose Kgabung on us to remain the chairman. We had resolved that the league should conduct its own findings fairly,’’ a source said.

Meanwhile the BFA President is reported to be playing his cards safe. While the matter has his hands tied, his heart bleeds for amicable resolutions and his mind is set on retaining the BFA plum post come the July general elections.

‘‘We will issue a press statement later, everything is under control,’’ Sebego said when asked to shed light on the latest developments around the BPL saga.

It is reported that the President as the head would not want to see the premier league ship hitting an iceberg. He knows very well that should he meddle carelessly in the premier league mess, he runs the risk of losing at least 16 votes during the elections. Those close to him reveal that the lurid Sebego frets about the idea of letting Mahloane assume the role of premier league CEO.

Although he will not proudly maintain it, Sebego is said to be eager to appoint and hire people he trusts will protect his legacy. The name of Mahloane thus gives him sleepless nights. Mahloane is reported to have played an influential role in elevating Sebego from a position of legal advisor to the more commanding post of president under the banner of ‘friends of football.’ There is now a reported fall out between the two gentlemen and the question on everyone’s mouth is “what will happen with board decisions remain unchanged forever”?

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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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