Despite the enticement and hype, which included the chattering of a plane to air lift the local team to Congo, Brazzaville as well as the disbursement of P13 million by the Ministry Of Youth Sport & Culture for the upkeep of the team, team Botswana has failed to rise to the occasion and accumulate the set target of 20 medals at the 11th edition of the All Africa Games (AAG) which ends today.
The team managed only to accumulate 11 medals which is a much dismal showing compared to 2011 games where Botswana brought home 16 medals.
Team digital was boastful ahead of the games with the anticipation that it will meet and possibly overcome the set targets, this was spurred on by the fact that Botswana was among the few countries that sent an experienced contingent to the continental multi-sport event.
The athletics team which was the most decorated contingent had 18 representatives who were to bring home nine medals. Of the 18 athletes, only 9 participated in the just ended world championship games. Having had a lacklustre showing, hopes had been raised high that they would use the Congo games to redeem themselves.
The team only salvaged two medals, Isaac Makwala’s gold in the men’s 400m where he clocked 44.35 seconds with compatriot Onkabetse Nkobolo coming third and claiming the bronze in the same race, at 45.5 seconds. Nigel Amos also managed to get gold in the 800m after clocking 1:50:45. Athletics was set to bring (4gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze)
The Karate team which was the first code to start the competition was off to a not convincing start as they could only manage five medals (four bronze and one silver). Karate which had 13 karatekas was expected to bring a total of four medals (2gold, bronze and silver).
Failure by the team to score the set target of 2 gold was enough to send warning lights to other codes, more especially that seasoned karatekas like Thato “Twiggy” Malunga, Mpho Bosenakitso and Ofentse “Shakes” Bakwadi among others who it was envisaged would lead the gold crusade failed to reach the target.
Swimming which sent four athletes was to bring home two medals, bronze and silver, and they also failed to streamline well in Congo waters. Only the evergreen Naomi Ruele was able to grab a silver medal in the 50m backstroke.
The other sporting code, Boxing had many hoping to bring back some gold failed too. The team had a 3 medals target, one gold and two silvers. However they only got two bronze medals from Zibani Cikanda (75kg) and Kagiso Bagwasi (64kg).
The team led by Lechedzani “Master” Luza and Galeboe Emmanuel, managed only two medals. With eight pugilists sent, a target of three medals seemed to be a realistic one more especially considering that in the last edition one of the three gold was from their offensive boxer Oteng “Terrible” Oteng.
With the big boys having failed to honour the BNSC plea, cycling which was represented by only one athlete James Masimo and taekwondo which had three athletes also failed to bring back any medal. Other codes which include the experienced volleyball teams, badminton, table tennis, long tennis, judo, weightlifting and Special Olympics team were not given any mandate and they came back empty handed.
BNSC SET TO CRACK THE WHIP
Before the team left for the All Africa Games, BNSC Chairperson Solly Reikeletseng had maintained the target was a realistic one. He had further said, if the target was not met, it would mean someone was sleeping on their job. The onus is therefore on the BNSC to take remedial action since he had said failures would have to face the music, upon their return from the games. The team is expected immediately after closing ceremony of the games.
After falling to close the gap on Arsenal by losing to a record breaking goal by Kane at the Tottenham stadium.Manchester City now find themselves being charged by the Premier League with more than 100 breaches of its financial rules following a four-year investigation.
According to BBC , it has referred the club to an independent commission over alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018 , and also that Man-city has not been co-operating since the investigation which started in 2018 .
BBC further states that The commission can impose punishment including a fine , points deduction and expelling the club from the Premier league.
The alleged breaches include , breaching rules for requiring full details of manager remuneration,from 2009-2010, to 2012-2013 seasons when Roberto Mancini was in charge . Also player remuneration between 2010-2011 and 2015-2016.
The Premier league stated that City breached rules related to UEFA regulations , including Financial Fair Play , from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018 ,as well as Premier League rules on profitability and sustainability from 2014-2016 to 2017-2018
The Manchester United defender will now focus on his club career having made 93 caps for France, appearing at three world cups and on European championship. The Les Bleus won the World cup in 2018 and Raphael Varane started all but one of France’s matches in Qatar as they finished as runners up to Argentina