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Kutlwano shine at awards

SHARE   |   Monday, 01 February 2016   |   By Othusitse Tlhobogang
Kutlwano volleyball club celebrating Kutlwano volleyball club celebrating

Kutlwano Volleyball Club has continued show its class in local volleyball as they dominated the Thursday’s Mascom Volleyball awards. Players from both the male and female Kutlwano teams were stars of the night as they frequented the podium to be rewarded for their performance in the league. Kutlwano’s duo of Tebogo Sejwe and Shadrack Kapeko were voted as Most Valuable players in the female and male categories respectively each bagging P3000. Sejwe also went away with the Best Server award to the dune of P2000 while the veteran Kapeko also was voted the Mascom Volleyball Top 8 male player of the season. The team has always proved to have tactical awareness and strategy when playing their games hence the continued dominance.

Kutlwano female and male teams’ coaches were named Best Coaches for 2015 season. This follows the two teams’ performance during the 2015 volleyball league. Dopp Popo and Isaac Samuel who coach the female and male teams respectively walked away with P2000 each. Altogether Kutlwano collected a total of nine awards on the night followed by Kalavango with six collective awards. Kutlwano Male team went home P140 000 richer with the ladies team raking in P100 000 for the championships. The two teams have not only been a shining example locally as they also represented Botswana well at regional championships. 

When speaking at the awards, Minister of Youth, Sport and Culture Thapelo Olopeng applauded the partnership between Mascom and Botswana Volleyball Federation (BVF), saying it helped unearth talent in Botswana. Olopeng said players put up a good performance because of the appreciation they get. He said the partnership between BVF and Mascom was a very good one that enabled the growth of volleyball in the country. Mascom has been involved with volleyball for the past nine years and has since see the sport grow in leaps and bounds. Mascom Chief Executive Officer Jose Couceiro showed his gratitude to the partnership they had with BVF.

However, Mascom Wireless Pty Ltd has announced the end of their partnership with BVF. This comes as the wireless network provider giants decided not to renew the Mascom volleyball league sponsorship which came to an end in 2015. “The year 2015 was the last year that we sponsored the Mascom Volleyball League, this marks the end of our partnership with Botswana Volleyball Federation (BVF) and we wish to inform you that Mascom will not be renewing the Mascom Volleyball League sponsorship,” read a statement from Mascom. 

The rest of the awards

Individual awards
Female Best attacker: Gaoleseletse Gasekgonwe (Mafolofolo)
Male Best attacker: Kabo Moetse (BDF VI)
Female Best server: Tebogo Sejewe (Kutlwano)
Male Best server: Phemelo Lekoko (Spiking Stars)

Female Best Blocker: Tsholofelo Retshabile (Mafolofolo)
Male Best Blocker: Pastor Rebabonye (Diphatsa)

Female best Libero: Kebabonye Phofedi
Male Best Libero: Uponi Gabobewe
Female Best Setter: Kelebopile Mahupela (Mafolofolo)
Male Best Setter: Tyiyapo Madeluka (BDF VI)

Top 8 awards
Female: Tsholofelo Retshabile (Mafolofolo)
Male: Shadrack Kapeko

Media awards
Print media of the year: Calistus Kolantsho (Mmegi)
Radio Reporter of the year: Mojaki Monnakgotla (Gabz FM)
Photographer of the year: Thompson Keobaletswe (BOPA)
Camera person of the year: Setshege Baruti (BTV)
TV Reporter of the year: Motlalepula Masuga (BTV)