Archive for the ‘Sport’ Category

source: Standay Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
07.06.2009 1:08:52 P

The future of the South African Customs Union (SACU) was this week again put under the sportlight when the European Union (EU) signed interim Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with some members of ‘SADC-EPA’ group leaving others out.

Botswana, which chairs the negotiations, Lesotho and Swaziland put their signatures after they initialled the agreement by the end of 2007 to allow smooth trade between EU and the region while a full agreement was being sort.

“The signing of the interim EPA marks a significant milestone in our trade negotiations. It ensures uninterrupted flow of SADC EPA goods into the EU market,” Neo Moroka, Chairman of the SADC group said after the signing in Brussels.

“There are still some outstanding issues to [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by JFG
Thursday, 04 June 2009

Six local FIFA listed referees have failed a fitness test conducted by FIFA officials recently. In an interview the chairman of the National Referee’s Committee Harris Lebotse said he is disappointed that his referees failed the fitness test. According to Lebotse, the referees will not be used in FIFA sanctioned games until they pass the next fitness test which is due to take place in July this year. “They won’t take part in FIFA games until they pass the next fitness test” said Lebotse when asked what the future holds for the referees.

The disappointed Lebotse said the Fitness of an individual is up to that particular individual to make sure that he/she is up to the task. The FIFA listed referees who failed the test are Israel Malepa, Thapelo Disang and Silver Kelaletswe – all central referees. Three assistant referees who failed are Moora Silas, Jonty Rasetshoga and Meshack Medupe. The only two referees who did not fail are the energetic and speedy Selibe Phikwe based Joshua Bondo and Tebogo Ramocha who remains in the FIFA list because he did not attend the course as he was on sick leave.

According to the rules of the Coke Cup – where possible the FIFA listed referees must [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Botswana soccer fans will be disappointed to learn that 2010 World Cup fan parks will only be available inside South Africa.

Addressing a corporate and media briefing in Gaborone yesterday, South African High Commissioner to Botswana Dikgang Moopeloa said nine fan parks would be set up in the neighbouring country during next June’s World Cup finals.

There were hopes that Botswana would have some fan parks during the month-long football jamboree, the first to be hosted in Africa.

“There will only be nine fan parks in South Africa. Botswana will not be able to host fan parks, but instead public viewing areas would be [continue reading]

source: BOPA
26 March, 2009

PALAPYE – The northern English medium schools are this year’s Stanbic Bank sponsored Swimming Gala Champions.

The northern schools ended the southern schools three-year dominance by defeating them by 702 points to 660 points at the Kgaswe English Medium School in Morupule over the weekend. The northern schools included Matshwane, Clifton and Kopano while those from the south were Broadhurst, Northside and Thornhill primary schools.

The northern schools dominated the under eight, under nine, under 12 and under 13 categories. The participants were a marvel to watch in the events such as individual medley, backstroke, butterfly and medley relay.

Their dominance highlighted interesting swimmers such as James Freeman, Lombe Mwape, Adrian Robinson, Karla Rawlinson, David van de Cloff and Jarryd Brown.

Even though they were on a song they were neutralized in the under 10, under 11 and under 12 in which the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The government seems to be unconcerned by fears that world football governing body, FIFA, might suspend Botswana if the newly introduced constituency leagues continue.

FIFA does not countenance government meddling in the running of football and Botswana might be in trouble because the constituency leagues were introduced by President Ian Khama without the blessing of the Botswana Football Association (BFA).

However, the Minister of Youth, Sport and Culture, Gladys Kokorwe said in Parliament on Tuesday that she is confident that the project is sustainable.

She added that her ministry has budgeted for the league in the current financial year.
“I could not have budgeted for this noble project if I was not aware of the financial sustainability. I took time to inform myself of all the cost implications of its implementation,” she said. Kokorwe was answering questions from Kweneng East Member of Parliament, Moeng Pheto who wanted to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
09 October, 2008

PALAPYE – FC Palapye, has secured sponsorship deals from two leading companies in the area.

The club has received P25 676 sponsorship from Makoro Brick, a brick making company on the outskirts of Palapye.

The team, which is campaigning in the North First Division, will be transported to official games in Letlhakane, Orapa, Francistown, Sua, Maun and Selibe Phikwe at a cost of P10 400.

The team has also received two playing kits, tracksuits and soccer boots worth P15 276.

The secretary of FC Palapye, Mr Brown Kgobe, said the sponsorship came at the right time and will help them to improve their performance in the league. “We are very happy about the sponsorship,’ he said.

An official of Makoro Brick, Mr Ronnie Hough, said they decided to sponsor the team as part of their social responsibility programme, adding that they are [continue reading]

source: BOPA
17 June, 2008

GABORONE – Duncan Vos has successfully defended his title as the king of the desert in the Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race.

Vos, who was driving a Nissan Navara, left his Toyota and Ford competitors in the dust as he was the first to cross the finish line at Hatsalatladi on Saturday, although he had started the race behind three Toyotas.

With his navigator Louis Weichelt by his side, Vos has ensured that Nissan dominates the race over the years, and in the process has endeared the bakkie to a sizable number of locals.

Spectators who watched the race had predicted that Toyota would win the race as it had opened a huge gap. Other spectators pinned their hopes on their favourite driver, Hannes Grobler, who has multiple race titles under his belt.

When BOPA team arrived at Thagale, Toyota was still in the lead as [continue reading]

sourge: Mmegi


Francistown City’s dream of having a stadium came closer to reality this week.

The construction of the proposed P270 million facility is set to start after Tuwana Construction was awarded the P174 million construction tender by the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB) this week.

The awarding of the tender follows the recent announcement by the Department of Sports and Recreation that plans to embark on the project were at an advanced stage. The Department of Buildings and Engineering Services (DEBS), which develops and monitors government infrastructure developments, will [continue reading]

ource: Mmegi

National Under-23 go into unknown territory when they travel to North Africa to face Morocco in the opening game of the 2008 Olympic Games qualifiers at Complex Sportif Prince Moulay Abdella in Rabat on Saturday evening.

The Dream Team, who are under the tutelage of David Bright, leave this morning and have promised that they will not disappoint the nation.

Though they have little information about their opponents, Bright says they will deploy a cautious approach and try to get a goal if possible. “We’re going out there to fight and we’ll not let them dictate terms to us.

If we can go there and get a draw, I’m confident that we’ll finish them off here. The good thing about these games is that they are not played on a knockout basis, the boys will be exposed to tough competition to get them ready for the senior team,” Bright told Mmegi Sport.

The Young Zebras go into this game after [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)

30 May 2007
Posted to the web 30 May 2007

Maureen Odubeng

The 2007 Toyota 1000 Desert Race, fondly remembered by most local motor sport enthusiasts as the ‘Mantshwabisi race’, is scheduled to begin on June 15 running through to June 17.

For this year’s event, apart from changing 80 percent of the previous route, the race has slightly changed its name and logo to include Kalahari Botswana.

Speaking at a news conference in Gaborone on Monday, Botswana Tourism Board (BTB) Marketing Manager Joe Motse explained that this year the popular race has changed its name to include Kalahari Botswana, and is now called Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race, to position Botswana well for the international spectators. The logo now includes the Botswana flag, a product of a fruitful partnership between the BTB and race organisers.

With an increased number of competitors and the introduction of a new category (quad bikes), the race, termed the largest off road racing in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), is expected to be the biggest ever.

Motse elaborated that fine-tuning of the popular event will produce positive results not only in terms of giving competitors and spectators the utmost excitement but also in terms of benefiting the [continue reading]


Didier Drogba in action

Picture: F.Mati

Didier Drogba of Cote d’Ivoire, who plays for Chelsea Football Club in the English Premier League, has been named the continent’s Footballer of the Year for 2006. Club of the year was Egypt’s Al Ahly, and Ghana – which hosted the awards to celebrate the country’s 50th independence anniversary – was named national team of the year.


Zebras train in Belgium

Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 February 2007, 12:52 GMT
source: BBC Sport

Botswana coach Colwyn Rowe

Botswana coach Colwyn Rowe is taking his team to Belgium for training

Botswana are in Belgium for a two-week training camp in preparation for their 2008 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Burundi next month. The 18-man squad, which left Gaborone on Tuesday, will play three friendlies in Europe, amongsy them against Russia’s Spartak Moscow in Holland and Belgian side Westerlo.

Botswana coach Colwyn Rowe said that the trip is a chance for the Zebras to get some exposure.

Botswana will return on 10 March two weeks before they play Burundi.

Botswana are bottom of Group 2 of the qualifiers with one point after two games.

Egypt lead the group, which also includes Mauritania on four points.