The Botswana Primary Schools Sport Association (BOPSSA) president Busani Segweni has called on all stakeholders to come on board and support the association in its endeavour to attain its mandate. Segweni is particularly calling on businesses for help finance his association. BOPSSA’s greatest mandate of unearthing talent at grassroots level is facing challenges as the association decries inadequate financial support. Despite this challenge, BOPSSA however continues to push on its talent unearthing mission. The association last week held its 2017 Ball Games in Maun which are said to have been a success. BOPSAA spokesperson Lawrence Moseki said improvement was not only in the organisation of the games but also in the athletes’ performance. According to Moseki, this shows that there has been an improvement at most of the regions. He confirmed that compared to the previous ball games, competition was high this year because of the highly competitive players.
Since BOPSSA Ball Games are used for talent identification at grassroots level, Moseki said the 2017 edition did not disappoint as a lot of players have proved to be promising. He said should they be properly nurtured the players will grow into quality players in the near future. Some of the sport codes that had promising players, according to Moseki, are football, volleyball, netball and tennis. Some of the players that have been singled out to have impressed at the games are include Peggy Manewe, Molebatsi Thishanda (Both football) Pearl Sekaelo Koobatlile, Thato Mongwegi (Volleyball) Oabona Sekaelo and Janet Morupisi of Tennis. The young Desiree Kenyaditswe of Netball from the Central district also caught the eyes of many.
The current performance has raised BOPSSA management’s hopes as Botswana’s select team will soon be participating at the Confederations of Southern African Sport Association (COSASA) games in Lesotho at the end of this month (August). The team is expected on camp from 16-25 August 2017 in Orapa. Team Botswana has been doing fairly well at this competition, with the U-13 Girls’ football team being the defending champions. This year targets have been set very high with BOPSSA aiming six medals among them four gold medals. According Moseki, they are expecting the girls’ football team to successfully defend its title. The expectation is that their male counterparts also win a gold medal. The two volleyball teams (boy & girls) are also expected to bring home gold medals. The remaining two medals which are expected to be silver are pinned on tennis and netball teams.