| September 6, 2013

Team Botswana made of students from primary and secondary schools emerged overall winners of the Confederation of Schools Sport Associations of Southern Africa (COSSASA) Zone VI ball games that concluded in Namibia this past weekend.

Botswana amassed a total of six gold medals, one silver medal and five bronze medals to emerge the best of the six countries that had been in Windhoek for a week doing ball in Football, Basketball, Volleyball and Netball. The games were played at Under 13 and Under 17 levels, with the former almost leaving nothing for their competitors. Botswana’s Under 13 team won Gold medals in both the Girls and Boys Football, as well as in the Girls and Boys Volleyball. The netball team won Bronze. At Under 17, Gold was achieved by the Football Boys and Volleyball Girls, with Silver going to the Volleyball Boys while Basketball Boys and Girls, Netball and Football Girls all won Bronze. Welcoming the successful team on Monday,  Director in the Ministry of Education and Skills Development Bontle Mojaphoko warned the athletes against indulging in sex, saying at their age, it will only serve as a distraction that has the potential to wear off their talent in the long run.

She expressed delight at their performance, encouraging them to further sharpen their skills by concentrating on their areas of speciality, rather than try to get involved in more than one discipline at the same time. With the Africa Youth Games on the radar for next year in Gaborone, BISA President Stevie Botlhasitse implored government to invest in the current crop of players as most of them will make the grade for the continental showpiece. He called for funds to be availed to ensure the players are engaged as early as now, rather than wait until the eleventh hour to prepare them for the games.

The COSSASA games ended with Zimbabwe at second position, followed by Zambia, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland in that order. South Africa did not pitch.


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