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Toronto breeze past BDF XI and into last 8

Notwane FC’s impressive recent form continued on a cool Friday evening in Molepolole as they breezed past BDF XI by two goals to nil to reach the last eight of the Orange FA Cup.

Having won their last three league games, including a 1-0 triumph over title chasing Orapa United, Notwane went into the weekend clash with the Army Boys full of confidence.

Toronto’s attacking intent was clear from the start as Oupa Kowa’s troops laid siege to the BDF XI goal.

Notwane were rewarded for their early pressure in the 7th minute breaking the deadlock through their clinical striker Thabiso Boti.

With the excellent Boyo Lechaena bossing proceedings in the midfield it seemed only a matter of time before they added to their lead.

However, although they continued their high tempo, dominating possession and playing some fabulous football, Notwane had to wait until the 76th before they scored again.

The final nail in the BDF coffin was hammered home by Tshepo Malgas, who capitilised on the soldiers’ tiring defence to double Notwane’s advantage.

Although they huffed and puffed, BDF were unable to find a way past their opponent’s disciplined back four.

Speaking to Voice Sport after the game, a beaming Kowa was full of praise for his players.

“The boys did very well; they executed the plan correctly! We want to go as far as possible in this cup hence we will keep working hard,” said Kowa, whose team face a daunting trip to Jwaneng Galaxy in the quarter-finals.

For his part, BDF XI’s disappointed gaffer Letang Kgengwenyane said they had anticipated a tough game.

“It was always going to be hard playing against Notwane. We knocked them out of this cup previously hence it was sweet revenge for them. Furthermore, I think our plan did not work overall because we could not break them down as we intended to play a high-pressure game but we were not successful,” he said.

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Montsho left in limbo

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Montsho left in limbo

Aging star’s dream end fading

Having carried the baton for Botswana athletics for over 16 years, the country’s greatest ever female runner, Amantle Montsho targeted a fairytale ending to her career at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

And then Covid-19 came along and ruined it all.

Rescheduled to August 2021 in light of the deadly pandemic, the Games could prove a year too far for the aging 400m star.

Montsho would be 38 by then and although her heart is willing and her body healthy, 15 months is a long way away.

It is a cruel blow for the Maun born athlete, who had worked incredibly hard to get back into the shape required for Olympic qualification – a feat she managed at a University of Botswana Athletics Club meet back in March.

“My target was an Olympic medal. I had trained very hard to win a medal. This was supposed to be my last competition. I believe I have done my part in sports and it is time to quit!” said Montsho, whose 2011 triumph in Daegu, South Korea, remains Botswana’s only Gold medal at the World Championships – a title she narrowly missed out on retaining two years later in Moscow, piped to the finish line by Great Britain’s Christine Ohuruogu by less than a hundredth of a second!

Indeed, for the two-time Commonwealth Champion an Olympic medal remains the only thing missing from her resume. Agonisingly, 0.03 seconds was all that stood between Montsho and a Bronze medal at the London 2012 Games.

Suspended for the last Olympics, Tokyo was to be Montsho’s fourth games – a record for a Motswana athlete – and a last shot at Olympic glory.

Speaking to Voice Sport on Tuesday, she ruefully admits that might not be possible.

“I still have to talk to my coach and see if I will compete next year since I have qualified. It has not been easy during lockdown; at least now we have hope since the Minister of Sports has announced resumption of individual sports,” said the frustrated sportswoman, who is famous for keeping her emotions to herself.

With her future once again cast in doubt – she had set her heart on retiring last year only for the Botswana Athletics Association to convince her to continue – it would be a sad, unfitting end to a career that has brought much pride to the country’s sport loving citizens.

However, as her opponents have discovered many times in the past, you write Botswana’s diamond off at your peril!

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BTA to submit post COVID-19 roadmap

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BTA to submit post COVID-19 roadmap

Botswana Tennis Association (BTA) President Oaitse Thipe has revealed to Voice Sport their intention to resume their calendar of events in an interview on Wednesday.

The president said they are in the process of submitting names for their skeletal staff permits with the sole aim of completing their sporting calendar.

Thipe told Voice Sport that once they shift their gears into motion, they’ll first turn their attention to local tournaments such as Gaborone Club Junior Open and Orapa Open.

“We’ll then move to international tournaments which we anticipate to host this coming October,” he said.

“In addition, the Advanced Course International Tennis Federation (ITF) Level 2 is also in the cards for the end of August,” said Thipe.

The BTA President who came into office last year September said one of their key targets is to increase participation in wheelchair and beach tennis.

“We are expecting a handful of donations such as wheelchairs, rackets and all the necessary beach tennis equipment from ITF this coming June, and that is surely aligned to our mandate,” explained Thipe, further stating that despite some success their nine months in office has not been smooth sailing.

“We’ve successfully hosted a number of courses in which over 16 officials have graduated. We also witnessed the remarkable rise of one of our young talents Denzel (Seetso) flexing his muscle in the continent and becoming the highest ranked African player,” he said proudly.

The president however lamented their lack of money which has hampered their intention to increase coaches across the country, a key component to having more players plying their trade in elite competitions across Europe and the United States of America.

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