As the curtain falls on the year 2015 OTHUSITSE TLHOBOAGNG looks at some of the athletes who were outstanding in the year.
Athletics: Nigel Amos
Amos has always been the shining star of Botswana athletics. He has proven his superiority not only in Africa but in the world. Even though he did not do well at the 2015 IAAF World Championships Amos, he ably compensated for that by winning the Samsung Diamond League in 800m. This was the second year in a row that he beat the world’s top athletes to clinch to this honour. At the young age of 21, Amos has a bright future ahead of him and Batswana are pinning hopes on him to keep flying the flag of the nation high.
The young runner also reigns in Africa as he also scooped a gold medal at this year’s All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville. He managed to out-run the then defending champion Taoufik Makhloufi to get the gold medal. His great performance and dedication surely puts him as one of the best in the world in 800m as he is ranked in the world’s best Top five athletes.
Boxing: Otukile Mohamed
The young man with hot blowing punches has taken the boxing arena by storm this year. The young light flyweight boxer came to the spotlight last year during the Africa Youth Games when he bagged a gold medal. Since then, the youngster has been throwing hooks and japs to pave his way to stardom. As a bronze medalist at the 2015 Commonwealth Games, he has shown capability to grow into a great boxer of all times. This did not go unnoticed in the country as he grabbed both the 2014 and 2015 Male promising boxer of the year awards at the Botswana Boxing Awards this year. It is evident that the youngster is destined for glory. The way Mohammed is going right now it is promising that he will take the professional route soon.
Football: Moatlhodi Ralesotla
Though there are a number of candidates for this one Ralesotla deserves to get full accolades against all. He is a promising player who has shown qualities of a great striker that this country has always needed. The Serowe-born player proved his worth at Green Lovers by helping the team to gain promotion into the top flight football. The 24-year-old has not been overawed by the elite league, surpassing established strikers to become a pacesetter with 12 league goals. His team stands a good chance of surviving relegation, thanks to his goals. Of the 22 goals the team has, he has scored more than half of them (12).
His keen eye for goal saw him even at some point catching the eye of the Zebras coach Peter Butler. Even though he does not have enough call ups, it is believed that he still has good chances to become a regular for the national team. Following massive interest from the leagues’ top teams; it is unclear whether he will still be with Green Lovers after the January transfer window closes.
Volleyball: Tracy Chaba
Chaba is one of Botswana’s finest volleyball players. She is currently playing in a professional league in Abu Dhabi. She landed in the Asian country after a stay at an Algerian club where she impressed. Her dedication and strength saw her sign an eight-month contract with Al Wadha club in Abu Dhabi. The sensational blocker is a force to reckon with. Chaba has always shown her potential during her early age at Kutlwano where she won numerous awards and championships with the club. At this young age she still has plenty of time to develop her talent further. With the experience she is gathering across the world, it is believed she will come back home an asset. She still has plenty of years to play for the national team and is a great role model to young upcoming players.