Botswana: Unite for Good Sportsmanship

| February 9, 2016

Gaborone - Regional chairman of Gaborone Football Clubs, Thapelo Otimile, says it is vital for community sporting clubs to unite and have the spirit of sportsmanship as it can help unite communities and the nation.

Speaking during a joint media reception and John Nswazi Memorial Cup Tournament (JNMCT) prize giving award ceremony held at President Hotel in Gaborone recently, Otimile said it was encouraging to learn that small community teams such those play in JNMCT were able to run without any in-fighting, which is common in some parts of the country.

He said the spirit shown by these football and netball teams from the villages of Nswazi, Goshwe and Makuta, which compete in this tournament, was a challenge to other teams and villages because they have shown true spirit of sportsmanship and unison.

He said the fact that the organising committee was able to secure a sponsor and maintain sanity among itself was also a true commitment towards uniting the people of the three villages, whom are also descendants of the legendary Kgosi John Nswazi.

In his welcome remarks, chairman of the organising committee Zibani Kgatlhego said the idea to start this tournament was conceptualized in 1987 but the actual tournament kick-started in 1992 with four teams, which ultimately grew to 10 teams. However, last year the tournament managed to secure sponsorship of P50 000 from Huawei mobile telecommunications company.

For his part, Huawei publicity communications manager Cyril Xu said his company was happy to have a cordial recreational relationship with JNMCT because the association was also not looking at its interests but was doing a sterling job by donating to their Village development Communities (VDCs) and participating in educational and gender issues.

In the meantime one of the founders of JNMCT Nelson Kgatlhego said when they started the idea of the tournament they were with the village of Marapong but it drop along the way hence the inclusion of Makuta, to maintain the membership number.

Source: BOPA

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