Local indomitable boxer Patrick ‘Captain Katura’ Seoko is steadfast that come rain or shine, on 20th November his bout with Morapedi Khotle will not go the distance as he will, in the nick of time, crack the chin of his South African challenger with a blitzkrieg of lefts and rights before finishing him off in the 3rd round.
The soft spoken 57.1 kilograms featherweight division, orthodox stance prize fighter expressed seemingly with faith and fervour in his orthodox fighting stance explaining that his South African opponent will simply not come out of the 3rd round as he has already studied the fighting style of the south paw stance fighting Khotle, before laying down his simply modest and naive 20th Friday night fight bout blueprint as a simple conformist boxing attack of straight punches, uppercuts as well as left and right hook combinations.
The 2009 Mauritius Africa Games bronze medallist says he is expecting to bolster his ring visibility in the 6 rounds fight with his ultra strenuous training regimen which encompasses morning and evening gymnasium stopovers. Seoko, who comes from a family rooted in the bloody sport and is also an uncle to national team boxer Tirafalo Seoko, joined the professional ranks in 2013 a year after scooping a gold medal in the 2012 boxing national championships.
Seoko straps under his belt a successful open boxing career spanning 4 years having been groomed by Glen Valley boxing Club where he spent the majority of his amateur career prior to moving to Kgalagadi Sands Boxing Club and before turning professional.
Seoko is famed for being a naturally tough offensive boxer brusquely contrasting with his calm demeanour and for also the crushing all round conquest he handed to all time Botswana boxing legend Thato ‘Hands of Stone’ Batshegi in his professional debut in October 2013 before meeting the tough as nails Namibian prize fighter and Olympic quarter finalist Mattes Jonas in Botswana in an exhilarating closed contest that resulted in a draw in March 2014.
The closeness of the fight impelled promoters and matchmakers to schedule a rematch in May of the same year in Namibia where Seoko ultimately succumbed to the Olympian’s swift limbs in a 2-1 split decision. Khotle also possesses the near matching professional record of Seoko with 2 victories and a single loss.
The Seoko-Khotle main event will be under carded by further 5 fights. At present, only 4 of the envisaged 6 have already been confirmed. The 20th November fight will be the 5th staging of sanctioned professional boxing fights in the country, with the first one held back in October 2013, two more held in March and May 2014 respectively while the fourth and last instalment under Bond Boxing Promotions was held in March 2015.
Local promoter Bond Ngubula of Bond Boxing Promotions also said that preparations for the fight are progressing well, hastening to put across his deference on the good matching of boxing bouts saying, “You need to perfectly match boxers and divide their types of fights and boxing styles.”
The other four confirmed fights include a mouth watering encounter with Bahamian pugilist Levar Omar in his professional debut fighting against Yamodimo Baitshepi while Tefo Letshikgwane will go toe to toe with Keitshokile Makushe while the ripped, old hand open boxer and Master Luza trained Tshepiso Mokgadi will go mano a mano with Moreki Maiketso. Seoko also let known that he revels in his opponent’s lackadaisal hand speed and flimsy left power punch.
The Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development, Tumiso Rakgare, is eager to lead crunch talks that will consequently see Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) and Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) becoming one authoritative sport entity.
The appointment of one Tuelo Serufho to the plum position of BNSC Chief Executive Officer two week ago has further catalysed the intention to merge the sports bodies to avoid the long standing complaints of duplication of roles by the two.
Serufho was replacing Falcom Sedimo whose contract was not renewed.Serufho, ironically is the longest serving CEO of BNOC and also a board member of BNSC.“One of our aims is to form a robust sport body to centralize and improve decision making processes and maybe the time to resuscitate BNSC/BNOC merger is now,” Rakgare briefly shared.
The impending move is highly meant to improve effective functioning, governance and performance of sports in the country both locally and globally.Should this see the light of day, Botswana would have done itself a favour and it would start sending a handful of athletes to international competitions.
The amalgamation of BNSC/BNOC talks have been in the pipelines but discussions were aborted two years ago without clear reasons. The creation of this all-encompassing sport institution is overdue according to the minister.
“It is in fact our mandate to make sure this happens, it is overdue and by next year we hope to have finalised our position paper,” Rakgare added.The creation of the looming body is borne out of lessons learnt from various sports governance models around the world.
In South Africa, the sports ministry facilitated discussions to merge National Olympic Committee of South Africa (NOCSA) and the South African Sports Commission. Their authoritative sports body is now called South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC).
With the South African model well in place, Botswana is urged to bench mark and create a sport body as a civic society-based organisation as required by the statutes of international sports bodies.The name of the local sport body is mooted and the minister refused to give a hint. But he is optimistic that the body will be the vanguard organization of sport in the country.
He emphasized that the sports organisation should be a purposeful guardian for governance and management of sports and be the required defining figure of the role of sports in Botswana’s communities.Talks to revamp and rebuild these sports bodies come at a time when BNSC is restructuring.
When Sedimo was still at the helm, he wanted to phase out some positions which he felt were unnecessary.BNSC receive close to 53 million Pula as grants from the government through the Ministry of Youth, Sports development and Culture empowerment while BNOC takes a figure a closer to that.
Township Rollers is anticipated to spent around P 50 000 to expatriate their foreign based players amid ravaging corona virus threats. The club, in collaboration with the Football Union of Botswana (FUB) tested Francis Afriyie, Fabian Assagou Guy and Kamogelo Matsabu before they can head to their native countries.
The trio are awaiting the results which are all expected to come out negative, following which they will immediately board planes to their various destinations. Afriyie was a Rollers striker from Ghana.
Matsabu, regarded the darling of the club is heading back to South Africa while Guy signed by the club but has never impressed, will board a plane back to Ivory Coast.It is likely that both Matsabu and Guy will return as they are still contracted to Rollers. However, Afriyie will not return after failing Rollers litmus test.
The striker failed to break into the starting 11 of head coach Frank Nuttall for the season and it appeared that frustration got to him. And when it finally knocked him down, the striker in a rough and unexpected remonstration stormed out of the bench while a Rollers game was on.
The former Gho Maria striker penned a two year deal in January and it is rumoured that his contract was heavily incentivized, catapulting him to being one of the highest paid players at Rollers.His end of season departure will now put a serious question mark over Rollers’ recruitment policy.
He becomes the fourth foreign striker to fail the club examinations and released while on contract. Before him was, Mthokosize Msomi from South Africa, Terrence Mandawa from Tanzania and Fabian Mbowa from Ivory Coast. Msomi and Mandawa’s release were sanctioned by former coach Nikola Kavazovic. Mbowa is loaned to Police XI to create space and playing opportunity for the now departing Afriyie.
Releasing Afriyie will now mean that the club’s striking woes continue. Rollers management complained at times last season at the lack of productivity from their strikers but they hoped that striker Tumisang Orebonye and other targeted signings, aided perhaps by Edwin Moalosi who remains on the books, could fire an upturn.
However, it was never meant to be as they finished the season second behind league winners, Jwaneng Galaxy.
Black Leopards head coach, Joel Masutha, is reported to have orchestrated a move that could see mid fielder-cum-striker, Mogakolodi Tsotso Ngele, being dropped by Leopards.
WeekendSport has learnt that the coach summoned the Zebras former captain to a one-on-one meeting a month ago to relay the bad news. It is reported that Masutha told the player that he is surplus to requirement and therefore he will not be selected for any game unless he opts to leave.
Reports further state that Tsotso was not encouraged to fight for his position but instead was told that there are better players to be tasked with scoring responsibilities and helping the club to dodge the dreaded relegation axe.Ngele therefore is waiting for his contract to expire before plotting his next move. He is said to be torn between playing for one more year in South Africa and coming to Botswana to play for high paying Township Rollers.
The Rollers decision will once again hinge on his private business which he would love to monitor closely. He owns a sports clothing label where he already signed a two year deal with Notwane FC.Ngele’s career at Leopards blew hot and cold. He only enjoyed his stay when his former coach Calvin Johnson was at the helm.
He played in crucial matches and his stunning free kick against log leaders Kaizer Chiefs is still remembered by his followers.However, there have been many other factors at play.It is said Ngele’s future at Thohoyandou- a location where Black Leopards is based- encountered problems of many kinds. His future is believed to have been dulled by injuries and a confidence that strangely refused to bloom.
The player is also said to have broken ranks with Leopards management where he shocked them when playing for the senior national team last year albeit claiming to be suffering from a thigh injury. Ngele had signed a two year deal, but as things stand, the left footed midfielder is heading out as his contract staggers to an end. He is believed to be earning close to R80 000 after tax deductions.
The lifestyle and living conditions at Thohoyandou are also seen as factors that further complicate Ngele’s situation hence the sudden collapse of concentration in football.Ngele is said to be represented by Tim Sukazi who still hopes that the player’s breakthrough career is worth fighting for.
When signed by high spending Mamelodi Sundowns almost 5 years ago, he was represented by Mike Makaab, also a renowned football agent in South Africa.It is growing precarious for Ngele who was chained for longer spells at Sundowns.
But when a move to Leopards was announced, there was a high expectation that the player was nearing his revolutionary season.