The Botswana Senior National Women’s Football team The Mares put up a brilliant performance at the just ended COSAFA Women’s Championship in South Africa.
They lost with a very respectable score of 2-1 to world women football powerhouse South Africa. They reached the final after beating Zambia in the semi-finals with a carrot dangled by Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development minister Tumiso Rakgare. Though a welcome move by the minister to pledge P250,000 to the women side, it raises many questions on whether authorities, particularly from government have the will to see sports developing in the country. We challenge the minister and all other authorities to invest money in sports development and not only come to the party when glory is within reach. Women’s football and indeed other sporting codes where women participate have been neglected for a long time. This is despite the fact that they have over the years shown that they can reach greater heights, if only they had the right support system. We further challenge Rakgare to continue with such incentives he announced to The Mares over a phone call. He should also have them in black and white for all other sporting codes as a way of motivating both men and women, and boys and girls to take sport as a career that one may fully dedicate their lives to and eke a living without working elsewhere. We have seen