Nigel Amos broke the national 800m record over the weekend with a time of 1:43:11secs beating the previous mark of 1:44:47secs set in 2001. He surpassed the Olympics A Standard qualifying mark, which raises the country's prospects of a medal in London next month. In football, fans at the UB Stadium watched as tearaway Zebras winger, Joel Mogorosi toyed with the South African defence. The speedy winger combined pace with a dash of trickery to warm the crowd the whole afternoon.
Nigel Amos and Joel Mogorosi emerged the stars of the weekend with some commanding displays, which brought pride to the nation.
Disa-star of the week
Some shabbily dressed ball boys were dragged into the centre of a well manicured UB Stadium turf carrying the Botswana and South African flags before the Zebras and Bafana Bafana World Cup qualifier on Saturday. The match drew the who is who of Botswana and South African football and the stadium looked splendid, particularly in the VIP section were top class. But a moment of sheer 'disa-star' arrived a few minutes before kick-off when the ball boys appeared as if they had been rudely interrupted while playing Sunday morning street soccer. We have seen the world over ball boys immaculately dressed in football kits but this was not the case for a high profile match which attracted television viewers from across the region and beyond. Why did the Botswana Football Association (BFA) let the boys appear so scruffy in front of the whole world at a time the country is trying to stitch together football's battered image?
A few weeks back, Sports Chat suggested to the relevant authorities at the Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) to forget about trying to 'frog march' more athletes to the London Olympics. Why not focus on the five who have qualified and intensify preparations? It is pleasing that Nigel Amos has improved his time and in the process brightened prospects of a rare Olympic medal. It is still Sports Chat's view that energy should be channelled to those who have qualified and prepare other athlete for future events.
The Zebras have only fallen behind once in five competitive matches at the UB Stadium since coach, Stanley Tshosane assumed reigns in 2008. South Africa's Morgan Gould became the first player to breach the Zebras defence first when he nodded home in the 14th minute.
"Pressure is always there. Our second name is pressure. We'll have to go back and check the results," South African coach, Steve Komphela after Bafana Bafana drew 1-1 against the Zebras on Saturday.