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Zackhem may quit GU

Business construction magnate Nicholas Zackhem is on the verge of dumping troubled Gaborone United or GU to newly invented Gilport Lions-a club he has courted for some months.

There is a reported fall-out at the heart of GU committee where executive members have given up on the intentions of the touted multi-millionaire.  

In fact, reports say GU is on the brink of calling a general membership meeting to oust Zackhem before he resigns from the club. The mooted move is meant to prepare the club to over ride financial claims the owner of Zac construction might put on their shoulders.

It is widely reported that since 11 July of last year when the team traversed election route, Zackhem’s hands were smeared with blood. After the elections, irreconcilable differences between him and the committee grew ever more precarious.

Reports mention that he is on his way to Gilport Lions where he is reported to own a 90% stake in the club. But when reached for comment, Zackhem admits a rift tearing him away from GU but would not confirm or deny rumours that link him to Lions. ‘‘Yes it is true there is a problem between me and GU family but I do not want to believe that this is the right time to admit that I will be leaving,’’ he said.

This publication is further informed that the two centers of power which have been in disagreement regarding the standing of Zackhem have smoked a peace pipe and are now working together and ready to do the unthinkable – push Zackhem out of GU ship.

The latest indication that almost confirmed Zackhem’s looming departure is the manner in which the business mogul allowed Ofentse Nato join rivals, Township Rollers. It is believed he deliberately had a hand in ensuring that the Mogobane born player betrays GU to join the high riding Township Rollers.

GU’s downward route took shape before and after elections that ushered in a new committee last year. Information presented to Weekendsport painted a picture of a team battling internal demons behind the fascia, and indeed confirming that not all that glitters is gold.

According to insiders, raging fires within the Old Naledi team started at the team’s AGM where the committee elections were surrounded by a lot of “irregularities”. The concerned fans accused Zackhem of “being big headed and bigger than the team”. Something that Zackhem rubbishes.

The supporters, who are believed to sympathizers to the members of the former executive committee which was white washed at July elections, were reportedly contemplating a court move to seek assistance on how to best run the team – a proposition that left Zackhem livid.

Among some issues which the society was bitterly complaining of were accusations that Soccer Dynamics – a company directed by Zackhem had taken control for all the transactions of the club.

The concerned party argued that the society must have an input on the affairs of the club as they also inject money in the team after acquiring the lucrative Mutual and Federal sponsorship, sell team merchandise and also make revenue through gate-takings and as a result they shouldn’t be rendered useless.

However Gilport Lions, officials dismissed allegations that he has a stake in their club.  The club recently unveiled a P6 million sponsorship deal.

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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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