The national ladies volleyball team failed to qualify for Olympics at the recent qualifiers in Yaounde, Cameroon. However the team’s captain Tebogo Sejewe insisted they did all they could and is happy with her team’s effort. She said in coming up against Algeria, Egypt and Uganda they faced Africa’s best. The other pool included Tunisia, Kenya and Cameroon. There was only one spot for the ultimate winner to make it to the Olympics. Botswana lost to Algeria and Egypt but later beat Uganda and Tunisia.
Cameroon became the winner in the group which got them one of the spots for an African country in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Sejewe said that they had a good run, but she realised that they lacked the zeal and that showed when they were playing Algeria. According to Sejewe even though they started with less confidence they later regained it which led to them defeating Tunisia for the first time as Botswana. “During the Tunisia match it was very evident that we went there to try and do the best. We worked as a team and everyone gave their best,” she said. Their management has encouraged them to put to good use the lessons they carried from the qualifiers.
Sejewe said they had lacked match practices ahead of the games. One of the athletes who got her first national team cap Tshiamo Chakalisa said that the journey was an eye opener for her. She realised that they needed much practice and training. Chakalisa said she also believes that they faltered because despite the extensive training that they engaged in they did not have friendly games. She said six players that started for Cameroon were playing professionally, which showed the huge gap between them. The 20-year-old central player said that she wants to see herself better so that she can be able to join the ranks of Tracy Chaba and play professionally because that can really change the sport in Botswana.
Botswana Volleyball Federation (BVF) Sports Development Officer Peaceful Seleka said they are happy since they improved in rankings to occupy the fifth spot in Africa after beating Tunisia.