The silly season is here (don't believe everything you hear)
Wednesday, 11 July, 2012The election season is upon us with both the Botswana Football Association (BFA) and the Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) going to the polls later this month. However, you are warned not to believe everything you hear or (even see) as the silly season has the capability to produce sweetened campaign gimmicks.
When the Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) celebrated 30 years of existence, it recognized all those who have contributed to the sport's success. BCF has not only existed but made visible strides over the years as it has produced countless Masters and consistently participated at Olympiads.
It has become almost predictable but Amantle Montsho lands the accolade for yet another week after a fine run in the Paris Diamond League. She has raised expectations just days before the Olympic Games start in London on July 27 and the nation will be forgiven for expecting nothing less than a maiden gold medal.
Disa-star of the week
The disaster of it all after last Wednesday's Botswana Football Association (BFA) media conference is that the public was left without answers as to who to believe between the football body and the Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC). The BNSC suspended the BFA 2012/2013 grant, but then BFA dismissed the move, accusing the umbrella sports body of probably having a sinister agenda. But it is not clear why the BFA called a press conference rather than direct the issue to the sports council.
The silly season is here and alas, you should not believe everything that you hear. Campaigns are underway at the BFA and the BNSC also holds its elections later this month. Fervent campaigning has become the order of the day typified by frivolous accusations and media stories as candidates push themselves forward in a bid to win the affiliates' favour. Amidst the silly season, the affiliates or the regions are better placed to make informed decisions about the candidates. They should forget what David Fani or Tebogo Sebego say in newspapers but rather focus on their qualities and what each candidate can deliver. It is any man's game at the moment and as First Cut colleague, Dennis Keagile said, the regions should avoid block voting and focus on the calibre of the candidate.
On a refreshing note, the Botswana National Olympics Committee (BNOC) and respective affiliates should be commended for the way the Olympics team has been prepared, never mind the failure to reach the target. Expectations are high this year than ever before that the medal jinx will finally be broken.
73, the number of goals relegated FC Satmos conceded (not considered) in the just ended be MOBILE Premier League season, the worst by any team.
"I have been called a lot of things in my football career and off the pitch, but being called a racist I am not prepared to take," Chelsea and England defender, John Terry during his racism trial.