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FIFA eyeballs Orapa United

On the face of a ravaging COVID-19 pandemic, where football matches are forced into lockdown, Orapa United on the other hand is trapped within administrative blunders fermenting from their ‘unfair’ sacking of former coach, Tomas Trucha.

The club is expected to pay heavily for firing former coach as FIFA has released a judgment – seen and perused by this publication.

Trucha, a Czech Republican gaffer, felt betrayed and reported the matter to the world football governing body. After lengthy deliberations, it was found out that the club should, within 30 working days, pay Trucha for the remainder of his contract and damages claimed thereafter.

In a response written on 5th March 2020, FIFA argued that the coach be paid first the remainder of his contract. Orapa United is also ordered to pay the coach an amount of BWP 34 000 plus 5% interest on the said amount. The 5% was expected to effect on the 20th March until payment is fully done. The club has been given 30 working days to fully complete all the payments.

Moreover, FIFA said that Orapa United be prepared to pay the claimant from the first day of notification of the present decision. According to FIFA, compensation of breach of contract in Trucha’s case, amounts to BWP 85 000 plus another 5% interest on the said amount from the date of claim.

Orapa United terminated Trucha’s contract on the 29th July 2019 with roughly 18 months left before it expired.  In essence, the Orange FA cup holders are expected to part with P119 000 plus interest to finally settle the matter.

Orapa’s media liaison, Kabo William confirmed that indeed Trucha took the club to FIFA but it is now water under the bridge as they are paying him. “I cannot tell you details of the contract, but I can confirm to you that FIFA has released a judgment and we have no choice but to comply and pay the coach,” he said.

However FIFA says “if the aforementioned amount plus interest are not paid within the stipulated deadline, the present matter shall be submitted, upon request to FIFA disciplinary committee for further consideration. The world football governing body also warned that it will not accept any other claim brought by the coach.

As a parting shot, FIFA directs Orapa to pay costs of proceedings. Around P96 000 is the final charge. Of the said amount, around P74 000 is expected to go straight into FIFA coffers while around P22 000 will be claimed by the claimant. Trucha was hired by Orapa to win trophies but unfortunately failed. He was assisted by Zacharia Mudzazi.


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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