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Rollers seek Jomo reunion

Township Rollers intend to plough ahead with their transfer business despite the potentially long process of identifying a new coach. Their extensive inquiries include exploring the possibility of Lobatse based Extension Gunners selling Moemedi ‘Jomo’ Moatlhaping.

The want away player is believed to be eyeing an emotional return to Palestine after brief stints with Gunners and Gaborone United. The offer will be difficult for any premier league team to match given Rollers’ ability to break its players’ banks, reports say.

The team’s recruitment panel has been made aware that Moatlhaping might be available because a couple of players are expected to leave the Peleng side. One of them being Katlego ‘Sissoko’ Koobake, the under 23 left back who reports say gives Gaborone United sleepless nights.

Moatlhaping is regarded as one of the prolific strikers the country has ever produced. The lad, before indiscipline took over him, was instrumental in Rollers’ rise from the lower division straight into winning the championship in the elite league.

The priority for Rollers however is in midfield, as well as finding replacements for the departing Jerome Ramatlhakwane and perhaps Dirang Moloi. Rollers are said to be close to holding preliminary talks to ascertain whether Moatlhaping could leave Extension Gunners. The fee is expected not to be high, for a player who is ageing, and in line with the policy that existed at Popa a few years ago whereby the club would not pay huge amounts for players at the wrong side of 30.

Last season, Dirang Moloi and Tshepo Motlhabankwe cost the team an arm and a leg but their performance was wanting inside the pitch.

Moatlhaping signed from Gaborone United for an undisclosed fee last season. His introduction to the Peleng side was hugely impressive at first but his form diminished in the second part of the season and he was unable to exert any real influence for the team particularly when facing better opponents.

Although Rollers are not short of forwards, the reason for their interest is two-fold. First, there is recognition at the Mma Masire west based club that the team lacks dynamism and need an injection of directness and pace in attack. Secondly, Jagdish Shah reportedly wants to bring a superstar to the club and his ambition of bringing a player like Mogogi Gabonamong back to Rollers seems a long way from home.

Gunners‘management said they are not in a position to discuss any of their player’s contracts with a third party, but indications are that they have already identified a replacement for Moatlhaping.

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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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