The Confederation of Universities and Colleges Sports Association (CUCSA) president, Ben Naobeb has urged member affiliates to take full responsibility for the association’s advancement.
CUCSA is made up of 10 Southern Africa region countries being Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Zambia, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Malawi and Angola.
“We have realized that most members do not pay subscription fees annually but rather wait until the CUCSA games. It is a mandate of each member country to pay subscription annually at the beginning of each year. We therefore, encourage all members to subscribe at the beginning of each year,” he pointed out during the CUCSA Annual General Meeting (AGM) which was held in Gaborone recently. “No championships games were held in 2017 as no country was willing to host the games due to their costliness and I therefore still encourage member countries to take up the challenge and host the championships.”
Naobeb however thanked the Botswana Tertiary Students Sport Association (BOTESSA) for being a good member, hosting the CUCSA AGM two years in a row and quickly accepting to host the CUCCSA games. “We urge other members to up the game and be ready to host at any time,” he pleaded.
(BOTESSA) will host the 2018 CUCSA games in Gaborone in June.
The Assistant Minister of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology, Fidelis Molao said sports is very essential in human development and can be used to curb unemployment. “This is all the reason why governments should allocate sufficient resources for sports development because it is a worthwhile investment,” he stated.
Molao went on to appreciate the private sector and the nation at large for their continued support towards sports. “You (BOTEESSA) should take advantage of this support and the political will that is available to perform even better. I am really humbled by the participation of Kgosikgolo ya Batlokwa in this area. If you have the support at that level then we can be assured that you cannot fail,” he highlighted. Kgosikgolo Puso Gaborone is the patron of BOTESSA.
Meanwhile the CUCSA executive committee and members affiliates toured the facilities that will be used for the games on which the CUCSA president said he was impressed by the high quality.
“We are pleased by the facilities. It’s the third time we are coming for the games in Botswana and every time when we come there is improvement in facilities and the organization of the games. We are quite confident that the games will be a success this year because of the people who are involved in the local organizing committee,” Naobeb said.
Speaking after the facilities tour, BOTESSA president, Herbert Letshebe said the preparations for the games are already ongoing and highly convincing. “We have managed to secure facilities and officials for the games as we speak. The government is supporting us even though they haven’t told us the exact amount they are going to give us,” he said.
Asked on the teams’ selection, Letshebe said: “This is a group code so when you talk of selections you talk of multiple sporting codes. We have already selected the softball team and we are going to conduct a bracket championship next month on which we are going to bring all codes together and select teams. From there our teams will have camps until the games commence,” he said. “Seven out of 10 countries have already confirmed participation and new codes like swimming and rugby sevens will be introduced this year.
CUCSA has paved way to professionalism for athletes like Benson Shilongo (Namibia) and Lydia Jele (Botswana).