Selogetso still hopeful of international move

Baitshepi Sekgweng

UB Crystals goal attacker, Boikanyo Selogetso is still of playing abroad following her phenomenal performance with the Botswana national Under 21 team dubbed Dinaletsana last year in the Netball Youth World Cup (NYWC) held in Gaborone last year.

After the NYWC it was reported that the 22-year-old alongside her compatriots Fatimah Dino and Cheludo Davids have attracted interest from some Australian teams but the move never materialized.

Selogetso, who has been an integral part of both the junior and senior national teams, says with the hard work that she is putting in and support from her coaches, she sees her dream turning into reality. “I have been working very hard ever since the last World Cup to make sure my dream remains alive. I will never relax until I get a move outside the country to play my netball there,” she said.

Despite her limited game time during the World Cup, most of the time starting from the bench, Selogetso alongside Chenesani Mbangiwa, Pearl Maribe and Davids formed a formidable trio that terrorized the defenses of most teams during the tournament. That earned her respect from her legion of fans and enticed so many teams locally.

However the rising star was rewarded with a job from South Africa (SA) where she had a short stint with First Division outfit Chipeya Netball Club based in Soweto. Even though she spent close to six months there, Selogetso believes she left a mark that can stimulate most teams to come running after her signature. “I was there for a short period of time but we played so many tournaments which featured netball powerhouses in SA. So I’m positive that with SA being the closest country to Botswana, soon I will be back there maybe for one of the My Spar Netball League clubs,” she said.

Further, Selogetso says she will continue working hard despite the absence of the local league to ensure that her chances of being called up to the national team remains high. “Currently we don’t have a league but I have continued training such that I maintain a high fitness level. I am not going to relax because the league is not running at the moment and the only chance where teams can spot me and my talent is at the national team. I’m working as hard as possible so that I fulfill my dream. Right now the national team is conducting selections and obviously there is an international tournament on the cards so I will be going there with my head held high and with the aim to impress,” said Selogetso.

Meanwhile, the Botswana Netball Association (BONA) held national team selections this past week in preparations for World Cup qualifiers in Zambia. According to BONA spokesperson Theresa Hirschfield, the player turnout was unsatisfactory.

“Only few players showed up. We had about 45 players and some senior players did not turn up. That’s something that we didn’t expect because we want a pool of players but we will conduct another selection in May to finalize the team and scrutinize more players that can be added to the team,” she said.