BOKA had no option on Tshikare

Not holding back: Tshikare has been appointed junior teams coach
Not holding back: Tshikare has been appointed junior teams coach

Botswana Karate Association (BOKA) had no other option but to appoint a coach who was previously at loggerheads with the association. Outspoken George Tshikare has been appointed head coach of the junior national team and will be assisted by China Metswi.

The two are on a 12-month contract. Tshikare was previously in charge and was, according to sources, among chief instigators who attempted to influence other coaches to resign over unpaid allowances when Botswana hosted the 2019 UFAK tournament. “Tshikare was amongst the coaches who were influencing other coaches to resign. The plan was for the coaches to write resignation letters and hand them to a senior BOKA official who would then tear off Tshikare resignation letter.

This would then had seen Tshikare and one other coach take over the senior team (after the resignation of other coaches),” a source said. The source further revealed that unfortunately when Tshikare and Jones arrived at BOKA office to handover their letters, they instead found BOKA president, Tshepho Bathai who, much to the duo's dismay, accepted the resignations.

The source said Tshikare and Jones were never fired despite the claims they made. “BOKA had no choice. There was nobody who could be appointed. BOKA has no coaches hence they even appointed Metswi. It is a risky move and I do not think this combination of Tshikare and Metswi would work out. We are going to see one Federation dominating the junior team,” the source said. Metswi went to Dubai for the World Karate Federation Cup as a head coach last year.


The Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) said the sport development vote was used to fund Metswi's trip after other coaches had inquired about the trip. The source said during the trips, the other to Dubai, Metswi attended coaching courses and got his qualifications. “BOKA would find itself in a difficult position because BNSC would simply take Metswi using the development fund, Kagiso Mophuthing because he has Elite scholarship and Gofaone Mosupiemang who has the Zebra Fund.

Those three would go to most of the international competitions. It is something that the leadership did not think about,” the source further revealed. The source said Metswi is a karate sport development officer and according to protocol, the national team managers have to lodge any complaint with his office. Metswi refused to comment on issues surrounding his appointment. For his part, Tshikare told Mmegi Sport that he is one person that is always ready to take the bullet when it comes to work related issues. “I do not budge. I would rather be hated for the truth. If it is necessary to stand up against authority, I do not bend,” he said. Tshikare said he is yet to meet BOKA regarding his appointment.

However, he denied that he wrote any resignation letter, but rather he received a suspension letter. "I was written a suspension letter and I only wrote a letter of displeasure to BOKA and requesting for contractual pay out . I have the letter of termination written by then secretary general Phinius," Tshikare said. Meanwhile, Tshikare said his first assignment as coach is to select athletes that will work with. “Our main target has to be cadets, juniors and Under-21 from that pool.

The team will compete at the Region 5 and other upcoming championships. I am concerned about the gap between Under-21 and the senior team. If you look at our structure, we have lost some promising athletes from junior teams due to the gap,” he said.

Tshikare said there is a need to create a platform where the 17-19-year-old athletes are prepared to be ready for the senior team. For his part, Bathai said when appointing Tshikare and Metswi, they looked at their database of coaches who had qualifications for the job and the two stood out. He said the duo have coaching experience and hold 3rd Dan black belt. Bathai said Metswi remains BNSC employee despite the new appointment. In other developments, the North and South youth karate championships are scheduled for Francistown and Gaborone in February.

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