The Botswana Kofukan Federation will send a depleted squad to the Kofukan World Championships unless a good Samaritan comes on board.
This came to light when Botswana Kofukan Federation Chairperson Veronica Chube spoke to Voice Sport on Wednesday.
According to Chube, Botswana will send three instead of the ten they had intended to Moscow, Russia where the tournament will be held next month.
“A complete team would have comprised ten athletes, two coaches and a team manager but we have to cut down on the numbers because we have no money. We have tried our best to get companies to help us and what we have got from the few that have agreed to help can only send pay for three competitors”, Chube told Voice Sport.
“Amongst those who have sponsored us this time around are the Diamond Trading Company who have pledged P16 100.00, accommodation and conference facilities providers Kgolagano College of Palapye, At&T Monnakgotla who have bought the air ticket for the coach, Ya Rona Country Lodge who offered two days accommodation for our team on the eve of the trip and sports equipment dealers Brands Unlimited who have pledged P5000.00. We are grateful to them and hope other companies will follow their example and help us out. If we get more money before the team leaves we can send more competitors”, Chube said.
She went on to say unless they get more money only Moses Jones of SSKB, Kabelo Molefhe of Glenn Valley Thato Malunga SSG will represent Botswana at the tournament at which the country has done well since first 1995 when Otto Tafa, the only competitor from Botswana at the tournament won gold. Since then the team has over the years brought home seven gold, ten silver and seven bronze medals from the world’s premier Kofukan competition. Among the notable who have done the country proud at the tournament are Vicky Majama, Thabiso Maretlweneng, Thabiso Nkile and Moses Jones. Incidentally Majama and Nkile were voted Best Player at the 1999 and 2004 events respectively.
Peter Molefe is the team coach while will be the head of delegation. Botswana Kofukan Chief Instructor Million Masumbika will also travel with the team. Chube and Masumbika will pay own expenses, will according to Chube they are doing “because we love karate and they is not enough sponsorship.
The team leaves on April 13 and is expected home seven days later.