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Celeb edition with Dj Gouveia

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Celeb edition with Dj Gouveia

DJ Gouveia is a trailblazing disc jockey who has stood the test of time.

A household name who boasts over 100, 000 Facebook followers, the legendary DJ is also one of the country’s finest radio presenters.

You have remained a celebrated Deejay for over a decade.

What is your secret to staying relevant through the changing trends?

Humility is the key but also put the work in. Stay humble, focus and understand why you are doing whatever you are doing.

What is your fondest memory from childhood?

Would have to be times when my Dad used to take us for vacations outside the country.

Those moments helped shape me to be the family man I am today!

How do you intend to use your influence to positively affect change and address social ills such as women and girl child abuse?

Using the platforms I have, be it social media, radio or word of mouth, to engage with NGOs that deal with such ills.

For instance, a few months back I got an endorsement from the former VP Rre Kwelagobe as an ambassador for the ‘monnatia campaign’ pioneered by Men & Boys For Gender Equality.

But also, perhaps most importantly, be exemplary to others through my conduct.

Tell us that one weird thing you do when no one is looking?

I cry a lot when no one is looking and not of a merry past on my side hey…soo many scars!

I look at them now and think of the then, it just humbles me how Lord Jesus Christ saved me and changed my life around.

When was the last time you cried and why?

I can’t remember but not so long ago.

I missed my father. The thought of not having him around anymore is a wound that will take time to heal.

He was a wise man and really taught me well about a lot of things.

He passed away two years ago.

Who is your celebrity crush?

No one.

What is the first thing you do when you wake up?

I pray, even if it’s a silent prayer. Just thank the almighty for you are still alive; other people never saw the day!

Steve Harvey recently surprised you on your show, joining you in studio? Describe the experience of hosting such a legend.

It’s priceless shem.

It wasn’t an easy one hey, I mean we talking Steven Harvey!

I had to keep my composure, be me and do my job.

At the end of the day he was in my turf so I was also the man of the moment as he was – but it was amazing!

If you were not a radio host and a deejay, what career path would you have chosen?

I studied Computer Systems Engineering (Diploma) and Electrical Engineering (Degree) so I would be that guy at the mine but would still be around music, producing more music.

By the way I am currently on rehearsals for my new stage drama and new soapie starting early next year.

Five things people don’t know about you?

  1. Yimmiwiii ke combo pack hlemuna. I am also a Motivational Speaker
  2. I like my space and hardly make new friends
  3. I am interested in Television News reading
  4. I am an emotional being
  5. My family comes first

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Big players anniversary

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Francistown’s only high tech-games room, Big Players will celebrate its one year anniversary this Sunday at Tati River Mall.

Opened last year in December. The games room unit features games such as basketball, VAR/3D machines, a mini-park for children and a children’s casino that uses fake coins.

To celebrate their one year mile-stone, Big Players will bring kwasa-kwasa muso Franco and his band Afro Musica for the Sunday extravaganza.

There’ll be mystery draws for big gifts and a clown and face painting for kids.

Admission is P30, which will be given as a voucher to be redeemed at the end of the event.

Activities will start from 09:30 until 2100hrs.

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Shasha’s lizard moment

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She’s known across the continent as the beautiful voice on Samthing Soweto’s hit song “Akulaleki” and another smash hit Tender love featuring DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small.

She’s indeed the voice behind some of the most popular ‘Amapiano’ songs.

The Zimbabwean native from Mutare has collaborated with the best in the game such as Mlindo (Nge Thanda Wena) and jazz legend Don Laka.

Shasha recently dropped an EP titled Blossom which features the likes of DJ Maphorisa, Samthing Soweto and Kabza De Small.

The singing sensation will be at Lizard Entertainment this Friday and will share the stage with the likes of DJ Bunz, Kusterr, Dude and Chronic.

Entry is P40.

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Kicking for the girls

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Kicking for the girls

Transforming BW women’s football

In the history of football, women are rarely given a chance to showcase their talents when it comes to administration.

37-year-old Tsholofelo Sethoko is looking to change that.

In August, the Maun-native was named Head of Women Football in Botswana in an effort to resurrect the local ladies game.

Although performances on the pitch have been admirable – as evidenced by the senior national team’s Olympic qualifying victory over South Africa earlier this year – the sport has been crippled by a lack of finances.

Sethoko’s mandate is to come up with strategies to help women’s football regain its status.

Her impressive resume suggests she is the perfect individual for the job.

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from University of Botswana, Diploma in International Coaching in Hungary, FIFA Club Administrators Course, CAF Women Administrative Course, and FIFA Basic level for Coaches and Assistant coaches, FA Introduction to Coaching Girls and Women football, if Sethoko can’t do it, it’s hard to see who can!

Voice Sport’s Tshepo Kehimile kicked back with the great hope of local women’s football to discuss her journey to date and what to expect in the future.

Q. When did your passion for sport start?

I was born and raised into a football family. My father, Letlhogile Sethoko was a manager for Maun Tigers FC, which was a big club back in my youth days.

Attending football games was a norm every Saturday and Sunday as a family and my mother Dorcus Sethoko was one of the first female referees in Maun.

My parents are big supporters of Township Rollers – (laughing) I became an outsider and supported Notwane FC but that was the influence of working with Christopher Rabalago, who was a development coach there in 2003.

I must say he produced talented players like Letumile Molebatsi, Galagwe Moyana, Kereng Mpetang and Lemogang Maswena just to mention a few.

I was part of that youth development programme and the only female coach.

Q. What are your ambitions?

My enthusiasm and belief that football is for all took me to where I am today.

There was a lot of resistance as many believe a women’s place is in the kitchen; but I believe my place lies with my passion for anything I want to be in this world as a woman.

Dwayne Johnson once said, ‘Don’t be afraid to be ambitious about your goals, hard work never stops, neither should your DREAMS.’

Q. Who is your role model in terms of sports administration?

I look up to Ashford Mamelodi who is one of the best Football administrators we have in Africa.

His passion and dedication to the development of football is tremendous.

Please share your personal experience.

Being able to work with amazing football people who pushed me to the limit and made sure that there was a place for women in Botswana football.

I worked with great Premier League teams – Gaborone United and Notwane FC – and coaches like Major David Bright, China Odirile Matlhaku, Rasta Kgengwenyane, Christopher Rabalago and working with Technical Directors like Losika Keatholetswe, Sonnyboy Sethibe who believed I had what it takes to be a female coach/administrator pushed me even harder to make my mark in the sport industry.

I also I got the opportunity to work for one of the biggest fitness brand in Botswana at Virgin Active Health Club as the Fitness Manager for five years and there I got to learn a few skills in terms of administration affairs especially managing people, customer service, budgeting and leading just to mention a few which drilled me on how to become an effective manager.

Furthermore, I am working with the current BFA Technical Director, Serame Letsoaka, who has been guiding me since day one in my new post.

I believe what I am learning from him, I will use to achieve my goals, which are to bring positive value to my country.

I am excited with this new prospect because I am working directly with strong women like Tsoseletso Magang, who has achieved a lot in our local sports.

I am confident women’s football will go forward.

Q. How do you rate the standard of women’s football in Botswana?

I think the sport has grown over the years. This year, the girl’s impressive World Cup qualifiers performance was an example of growth in our football.

Even though the standard of football in Botswana is still low there is so much talent and positives, especially with 5 out of 17 regions in Botswana already playing in a leagues set up – which are Gaborone, Kweneng, Francistown, Boteti and Nhabe.

However, local women’s football is faced with serious challenges such as lack of interest from leadership, no database for players, coaches, referees and administrators, lack of funds and limited media coverage just to mention a few – hence it is difficult to proceed.

Q. What must be done to improve the standard?

Firstly, BFA in collaboration with FIFA has just finished a strategy plan for women in Botswana that will guide and give direction to women football.

The strategy has four priority foundations and they are as follows: Coaching and Capacity Building – undertaking the needs assessments of our local women football coaches and referees. Making sure there is a serious coach education programme for our coaches, who I believe are our custodians and play a big part in insuring there is development in our country.

Grassroots and Player Development – a player’s long-term pathway in the development of football is very important with appropriate age specific categories.

Making sure that we develop sustainable school football programmes with school of excellence centers equipped with highly skilled coaches plays a key tool to the development of women football in Botswana.

Grassroots development and youth leagues for U15 and U17 are a priority for me in my mandate to grow mass participation of women football in the country.

Structure and Administration- without trained regional administrators to administer the programmes then we have nothing.

BFA has been on a journey for the past few months with the ‘Time For Change’ training programme in different regions and Administrations Training as the core for the initiative in collaboration with Ashford Mamelodi in a movement to develop football Administrators.

I think this initiative will also benefit women football as we have women football administrators being trained in regions.

Changing Perceptions – education and awareness of women football is very important as we have to teach the nation in breaking the stereotype that football is for boys.

Everyone can play football, the young, old, girls and boys. One of the key objectives for FIFA is to make football accessible to all kids of all backgrounds.

Q. In your current post, what do you hope to achieve?

I would like to see the implementation of sustainable grassroots programs with highly trained coaches in the following schools of excellence for girls in the four blocks of Botswana being: Radisele Community Junior Secondary School (CJSS), Madiba Senior School, Tsabong Unified school and Mogoditshane Senior School and equipped with four secondment of national team coaches overseeing and monitoring the programs of the project to develop our girls.

This will be done to feed National Leagues and National teams.

Coaching and capacity building is another main concern for me as I have observed that 90 percent of coaches involved with women football are not qualified to be coaches for our football programs.

Having them trained is a priority! School Football is another area that can help our youth development for under 15 and 17 become successful.

Q. What is the future of local women’s football?

FIFA has taken two important steps for the continuous development of the women’s game beyond its flagship event.

First was the inauguration meeting of the FIFA Professional Women’s Football Task-force this year in France.

The objective of the task-force is to bring together the main women’s football stakeholders to inform FIFA’s decision making processes by identifying key areas and measures that can accelerate the future growth of women’s professional game.

FIFA has also increased finance by 20 percent for women football and to me this shows that the future is bright.

Q. What advice can you give to aspiring female footballers?

Every girl deserves a place to play football and every player deserves to strive for the impossible.

There should be no limitations, because women’s football is football for all and as BFA we commit to making a difference.

This journey is not only for the Association but for all stakeholders!

Q. And finally, Thank God It’s Friday – what are your plans for the weekend?

I’ll be watching the Botswana Games as our women’s national teams are preparing for Under 17 and 20 World Cup qualifiers and most of our players will be taking part.

On Sunday it’s church.

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