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Chiefs face players’ wrath

Amos Godirwang

Premier League leaders Mochudi Centre Chiefs is headed for a major clash with former players, just a season after showing them the door, WeekendSport has established.

The two former players, Tshepo Motlhabankwe and Amos Godirwang feel that they were unceremoniously sacked and are demanding their outstanding monies from the Kgatleng giants. To add an insult to an injury, the club has failed to settle their compensation fees after terminating their contracts.

This publication is informed that when chiefs terminated Amos Godirwang‘s contract, 12 months before it ended. Although his salary with the club is kept a secret, he allegedly is entitled to some compensation amount not exceeding P6000. The former Township Rollers midfielder was labelled the black sheep of the club owing to indiscipline and snubbing the team’s camp at the close of the 2013/14 season.

Although Motlhabankwe’s contract with the team was reportedly a “gentleman’s agreement” with no legally binding documents signed, it is believed that he still has a case against Magosi because they had been paying him until the time of his sacking.

He too, joined BMC and captained the club for the better part of the first half of the season. He later joined big spending Township Rollers and is among the top players who command a bigger salary at MaPalastina.

Club media liaison Clifford Mogomotsi confirmed that they are aware that they have a case with both players but could not be drawn into discussing the matter further.  “I know we have a case with the said players, but issues between an employer and employee are never discussed with the third party,” he said.

However player’s status committee is expected to intervene to help both parties settle outside the court.

Despite the rigorous boardroom politics and battles at club, Magosi remains perched at the summit of the log and in an uncompromising mood to wrestle the league title out of Rollers’ hands.

They have collected 47 points on the road to the end. Their attacker Lemponye Tshireletso is on fire and is leading the goal scoring charts with 13 goals. The Kgatleng outfit would want to maintain a 7 point healthy lead over rivals Township Rollers when they take ailing Letlapeng this weekend.

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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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New BFL CEO Salary revealed

7th March 2023

South African football administrator, Senzo Mbatha who was announced as the managing consultant of the Botswana Football League (BFL) is expected to earn approximately US$D 7000 (over P92 610.28) per month – WeekendSport has learnt.

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