As the curtains falls on the year 2018, we looked at a few selfless Botswana individuals who stood out in their respective administrational roles in local sports as well as their relentless pursuits and contribution to local sports in general. And this is in no particular order…
Tsosi Magang – Women and Sport Botswana (WASBO)
Many moons ago, this Kang native made her name as one of Botswana’s best long-jumpers before becoming yet another force to reckon with by playing and excelling in volleyball. Married to Lesang Magang, the son to Property magnate, David Magang of Phakalane Estate one would be remiss to think Tsosi is in sports for illicit gains or kickbacks which often times plague sports around the world.
The ending year 2018 saw Tsosi furthering her clout and presence as the ViceChairperson of the just ended AUSC Region 5 Games. Tsosi also runs a monthly sports panel discussion with various sporting stakeholders simply dubbed “Open Discussion with Tsosi”.
With the right team, Tsosi could soon become Botswana’s most sought after administrator having been an athlete in her teenage spell. Previously she has been with Women and Sport Botswana (WASBO), an organization formed in 1997 whose aim is to increase participation of women and girls in sports and other recreational activities.
Steve Bothasitse – General Manager – Region 5 Youth Games – Gaborone 2018
The successful hosting by Botswana of the just ended AUSC Region 5 Youth Games could simply be linked to his meticulous leadership together with his LOC. As the games’ GM heading the Local Organising Committee, Bothasitse and his team successfully hosted the 8th edition of the AUSC Region5 under 20 Youth Games in Gaborone, Botswana from December 7th – 16th despite minimal resources. As an employee of Botswana National Sports Commission(BNSC), surely Bothasitse is steadily carving his own golden niche thanks to the painstaking mentoring from veterans such as Falcon Sedimo among others.
His portfolio is mainly concerned with assisting BNSC National Sport Associations to fulfill their sports development obligations as well as initiating,administering and sustaining viable sports development projects at all levels,wherever necessary.
Game Mothibi – International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG)
Game has been administering sports almost her life having cut her teeth as one of Botswana’s best Table Tennis players from time immemorial. However, this year is probably one of her greatest highlights as she successfully brought the International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG)to Botswana.
The IWG brought reputable sports personalities such as Caster Semenya, Carol Tshabalala, and Amantle Montsho among many to discuss women relations with sport. She founded Women and Table Tennis as well as Women Cricket in Botswana. She was also the Secretary General forWomen and Sports Botswana. In the past 5years, Game has worked for Botswana National Sport Council (BNSC) both as a SpecialProjects Coordinator and Games General Manager, as well as Women and SportsBotswana, which is a sub- structure of BNSC.
Herbert Letsebe – Botswana Tertiary Student Sports Association (BOTESSA)
The former Gaborone United (GU) Secretary has taken courage to assist and make Botswana TertiaryStudent Sports Association (BOTESSA) as its President into a reputable affiliate of BNSC.
His dream is to see Botswana host the Confederation of University and College Sport Association (CUCSA) games.Furthermore, under his leadership he has methodically managed a P3 million sponsorship from First National Bank this year – their biggest since formation.
Tumo Mpatane – BFA Marketing and Public Relations Officer
He is the youngest ever Botswana Football Association (BFA) PRO and has never let the ball off his sight.
His dissemination of football issues and knack for knowledge in football, including always being readily available to engage with various stakeholders especially the local media has won him a few accolades and endeared him to few in the industry.
He has made the local media’s pounding quest to seek for information an easy task. The former Gabz FM radio presenter was first roped into Lekidi on a trial basis by the association’s president Maclean Letshwiti and his competences cemented his longevity.
Jagdish Shah – Township Rollers Majority Shareholder and President
According to RollersFC.com, as a child growing up in India, Jagdish Shah took passionate interest in football. Coming of age, he would get to work for a company that had a nationwide league (bigger than India’s national league as he recalls) while he continued to consume countless of football viewing on television. With regard to the latter, he mentions UEFA and La Liga games as particular indulgences. “I have also travelled to Europe to watch football matches,” Shah says.
With such level of interest in this sport, it was probably fated that decades later in another part of the world, he would be receptive to an overture that he buy shares in one of Botswana’s premier teams, Township Rollers.
Although he has been with Township Rollers for some years now, the historical group stage of the CAF champion’s league berth by his team can be contributed to his sportsmanship. The multimillionaire has transformed Popa into a professionally managed and formidable club having unearthed new relations with regional clubs such as Mamelodi Sundowns, Platinum Stars and Kaizer Chiefs respectively.
Sensei Tshepo Bathai – Botswana Karate Association (BOKA) President
Having being voted into the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Karate Federation is by no means a fluke. BOKA through their President, Sensei Bathai has performed beyond expectations and as they head into the New Year 2019 they remain cognizant of the pressure they have, which is to take one Ofentse Bakwadi to the Olympics. Bakwadi was also running for the BNSC Sportsperson of the year in 2018.
Tebogo Lebotse-Sebego – Netball
She eats, lives and breathes netball. It is her passion towards this sport, many up to date still confuse her to be the President of Botswana Netball Association, a position she relinquished after successfully hosting the #ReaBaTsaa Netball World Cup last year.
Tebogo currently holds an international portfolio at the International Netball Federation where she leads the regional association and represents Africa in theInternational Netball Federation Board.
Boineelo Hardy – Basketball
If the recent Region 5 Games results are anything to go by, then basketball is definitely growing under the leadership and tutelage of Boineelo Hardy. Our Under-20 boys finished third (3rd) and she was at the games the entire duration to give them the much needed morale boost.
Not only is her association trending inside the court; they also have a recognized referee licensed by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) – a fate not achieved by many associations in Africa.
Whenever Botswana hosts any international and regional games, the Botswana Cricket Association President always makes the cut as a member within the Local Organising Committee (LOC) heading the Finance department. His association and leadership style is also scandal free and he has been the driving force to introduce cricket into government primary schools. His recurring BNSC award nominations come as a result of his good governance.