Awards nomination a great honour - Mares coach

Humbled: Nkutlwisang PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
Humbled: Nkutlwisang PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

FRANCISTOWN: The Mares head coach, Gaolethoo 'Ronaldo' Nkutlwisang has described the team’s nomination for the Team of the Year at the upcoming Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) awards, as a great honour.

The awards will be staged in two weeks’ time in Gaborone. The Mares were nominated alongside Jwaneng Galaxy who surprised many by qualifying for the CAF Champions League group stages and the men’s 400x400 relay team, which scooped bronze at the 2020 Olympic Games.

The awards criteria will cover performance for the years 2020 and 2021. In 2020, the Mares defied the odds by making it to the COSAFA Cup finals where they lost to host, South Africa. Last year, the team enjoyed a good run in the 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) qualifiers, leading to a first ever qualification to the finals. The finals will be held in Morocco in July. “I am proud of the team. It is a great achievement to be nominated whether we win the award or not. I am, however, hopeful that we will grab it.

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