The Handball Association of Botswana (HAB) has said it is on a giant leap trajectory in introducing and setting up of structures and the rolling out of the alien Olympic Sport in Botswana.
Speaking to WeekendSport the International Handball Federation (IHF) certified Coach Buyani Mphetsolang said they hosted a week-long coaches’ clinic imparting training methods to the assembled junior and senior school teachers to ensure that they formed teams at their respective schools as a way of reconstructing the disintegrated scant structures and reinvigorating the long neglected sport.
The sport initially thrived at the University of Botswana’s physical education department and Maruapula Private School where it has since collapsed.
The Handball Association which is currently helmed by an interim National Executive Committee already has an improvised national team that it sent to compete in the Regional Zone 6 competitions in September 2014 in Zambia where they put up a spirited fight defeating Lesotho and going on to defeat advanced countries including Zambia that Mphetsolang contends are advanced such that they already have handball gymnasiums.
Mphetsolang who is founder and coach of an established Maun Handball Club also expressed optimism contending that hope still exists for handball in Botswana to become a medallion and prize hoarding sport anecdotally citing the availability of explosive power that Batswana innately posses and the sport’s similarity to basketball which is doing comparatively well in the country.
Handball Association of Botswana which Mphetsolang says was formed by a triad of agencies being the Botswana National Olympic Committee, the Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture as well as the University of Botswana Physical Education Department has embarked on an assignment to assemble Handball structures in regions aiming to host another handball coaching clinic in the Northern part of the country.
Mphetsolang also revealed that the Handball Association has already made contact with the IHF looking to benefit from the IHF development fund to construct a fully fledged indoor Handball arena and is currently only hampered by the bureaucracy related to land acquisition.
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With many being of the view that the state of football in Botswana has deteriorated significantly as it is no longer appealing to the business community, this was a good week for the football community. The Botswana Football Association (BFA) leadership under the stewardship of MacLean Letshwiti secured sponsorship for a combined value of P19. 3 million for the FA Cup competition and the First Division league – both South and North.