Botswana wants help from Namibia and SA to develop jukskei

09 May 2016 09:30am
WINDHOEK, 09 MAY (NAMPA) - The Namibian Open Jukskei Championships that came to an end on Friday could be described as a tremendous success, despite Namibia losing in all but one division against South Africa.
Namibia hosted the South African national teams and a two-man delegation from Botswana that came all the way to get first-hand experience about the sport, which is relatively unknown in their country.
Kefentse Ogotseng and Evans Kesiilwe from the Botswana Traditional Games Association (BOTGA) were in Namibia on invitation from South Africa to witness and engage with various role-players to promote the sport in their country.
Speaking to Nampa on Friday, Kesiilwe said he was impressed with the standard of the sport in Namibia and commended the local jukskei branch for their support and assistance.
“There is a lot of potential to take the game back to my home country. The sport is hardly played there.”
During the weeklong stay in Namibia, Kesiilwe and Ogotseng spent most of their time next to the field talking to players, coaches and umpires and even had time to meet members of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) jukskei team.
This made Kesiilwe more enthusiastic about the future of jukskei in his country as he wants to see the two countries’ national defence forces forming a bond on the jukskei field.
“We met with the NDF team and as they are a strong team, we want them to take the game to our forces there.”
Asked how he will go about promoting the sport in Botswana, Kesiilwe said schools and various government agencies would be a good starting point for development.
“My dream is quite simple: I would like to see both Namibia and South Africa meet next year in Botswana where we will give you good competition.”
Kesiilwe is the founder of BOTGA that was established when he, along with a group of concerned young people, united to preserve their culture and traditional games.