Botswana’s Volleyball Trio Under Good Care In Rwanda

Three of Botswana Volleyball National team members who are exports to Rwanda have said they are receiving good care from their employers during this period of corona virus pandemic. The pandemic has led to negative impact in the sport fraternity that saw all activities halted to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Gaoleseletse Gasekgonwe, Tshiamo Chakalisa and Thapelo Kamberuka relocated to Rwanda early this year after securing deals with Rwandan top clubs in the professional setup, University of Tourism and Business (UTB) volleyball club and Kigali Volleyball Club respectively.

In an interview with Echo Sport, Gasekgonwe said they have been coping well with the lockdown even though they have not resumed training yet, but they have been provided with all necessities by their clubs.

“We have been provided with everything we need, and we are happy with the reception despite being out of our comfort zone. They have been buying food and paying for our rentals just like they always did. The only problem is that we were told that we might not get our full allowances due to the impact of the pandemic since our team depends on the tuition fees from students, but we were told that priority will be given to us if everything gets to normal,” she said.

She further stated that she has also been given a financial boost by her former club, Magstimela in the wake of the impacts that the pandemic has had on players.

“My former club also lent their helping hand by giving us a financial boost in order to survive in this period and I appreciate their support which shows that we are still important people to them even though we are no longer playing for them. All I can say is that we are in the good hands and we are looking forward to the start of sports activities this side. For now we are focusing on our studies which we believe is a good thing to us,” Gaekgonwe added.

The trio was scouted in December when the senior national team was in Rwanda for an intensive training camp prior to the Olympics Africa qualifiers held in Cameroon early this year. Gaekgonwe and Chakalisa were signed on the spot by UTB while Kamberuka signed in February for Kigali giants from Kutlwano Volleyball club.

They are amongst other players who are plying their trades in professional setups across the world that includes Nigel Amos, Naomi Ruele, Thuto Ramafifi, Mogakolodi Ngele and Thatayaone Ditlhokwe amongst others.


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