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Team Botswana may not reach target

SHARE   |   Monday, 14 September 2015   |   By Othusitse Tlhobogang
Oratile Caiphus of Botswana (Blue) and Omu Joseph-lima of Nigeria competing in male Kumite-84kg in the 11th Africa Games in Brazzaville on 8 September 2015 Oratile Caiphus of Botswana (Blue) and Omu Joseph-lima of Nigeria competing in male Kumite-84kg in the 11th Africa Games in Brazzaville on 8 September 2015

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The team that represented the country at the All Africa games in Congo Brazzaville may not reach the targeted medals, team’s Chef de Mission Seabe Raditladi has said. Raditladi has said on Friday that by the way things are going it will be difficult for the team to attain the set target.
On Friday evening Team Botswana had collected six confirmed medals which compose of two silver medals and four bronzes. The medals came courtesy of Karate (5) and swimming (1). The tally was, however, expected to increase to nine as two local boxers have qualified to the semi-finals. “We are guaranteed two more medals tonight as two of our boxers will be fighting in the semi-finals,” said Raditladi on Friday. 
Even though some codes continue to find it tough to earn a medal at the games, karate continues to fly the flag of the nation high. The karate team has surpassed their targeted medals collecting a total of five as opposed to the set four. Karate is one of the growing sporting codes in Botswana and they have never disappointed.
Swimming, on the other hand, managed to attain only 50% of the target collecting one medal. Weightlifting, table tennis, cycling, volleyball ladies did not make it to the semi-finals. Volleyball ladies finished their competition on a high note beating Ghana by 3-0 but it was not enough as only two teams could qualify the next round.
As a result of this, Raditladi does not think the team will be able to collect the 20 targeted medals. “I am saying this because so far we are sure of only nine medals and we are looking mainly at swimming, boxing, karate and athletics. This means now all eyes are on athletics team to help attain the remaining medals,” said Raditladi. He, however, said they will not despair but will remain hopeful for the medals.
According to Raditladi, the athletes are trying all they can to do their best. He pointed out that even outside the pitch they are showing good ambassadorship for the nation as there has never been any bad incident reported.



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