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David vs Goliath in BOBA competitions

Following their successful hosting of the first inter-club tournament this year at the University of Botswana (UB), Botswana Boxing Association (BOBA) will next week host one of the biggest tournaments in their calendar; best of the best at a venue that is yet to be confirmed.

In last weekend’s tournament, both ecstasy and disappointment engulfed boxing fans in equal measure as some top boxers were downed by the less known pugilists.

Tirafalo Seoko was the main causality in the male category as he was defeated by Onkarabile Mothibedi of SSKB by a shocking 3-0 margin. This left the boxing commentators with the conclusion that upcoming boxers want to be noticed this year more so because of many national team competitions this year.

While some were shocked by this loss, some top boxers like Oteng Oteng, Kabelo Bagwasi, Kagiso Bagwasi, Botshelo Robby and Tsenang Mohuhutso continued their good run.

However, in the females’ category Rodah Maswabi, Joyce Katlholo, Kelebogile Monthusi and Keneilwe Rakhudu also qualified for the big tournament. With all of them earning themselves tickets to the tournament, interesting bouts are anticipated something which has coerced the BOBA committee to search for sponsors for this tournament.

According to BOBA spokesperson, Kenny Maragana, they are expecting fierce contests next week as winners will get national team selection for the Zone VI championship. ‘’If you remember well this bouts are used for the national team selection for the Zone VI  to be held in South Africa in April. We expect all the boxers to produce scintillating performances as they all want to represent the country and obviously want to start the year on a high note.’’

However some top boxers could not compete in the last weekend tournament due to unavailability of opponents.

Pearl Morake and Africa Youth Games gold medalist, Keamogetse Kenosi have automatically qualified for the competition which is likely to see them continue with the journey by representing the nation at Zone VI.

This has been criticized by some who believe this will haunt the nation at international level because “they will face off with opponents who have faced stern competition prior to the main event and as a result we are likely to continue with dismal showing in the regional tournaments since our boxers have qualified without any competition.’’

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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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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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