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Aussie club awaits Dinaletsana trio

Publishing Date : 11 September, 2017

Author : KETUMILE RAMATITI

Botswana Netball Association (BONA), Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) and Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) want to be convinced on benefits for the three national under 21 netball players who Australia has shown interest in.


The trio of Goal Scorer, Tjeludo David, Goal Defender/ Keeper, Fatima Dino and Kgomotso Matibini has attracted foreign interest in the Australians who are interested in signing them. The see-saw game between the Aussie BONA will only stop once the latter is certain the trio’s interests are protected. “We want to know what they will cover for the girls because they just told us ‘there are opportunities’ there. We can’t send them there without assurance of anything from the team,” a source said. If convinced by their Australian counterpart, BONA will then submit a proposal to Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) and Ministry of Youth Empowerment Sports and Culture Development (MYSC) to see how best they can assist.


The trio is currently in Namibia with the national team competing at the inaugural Pent Series netball tournament. BONA President Tebogo Lebotse-Sebego has confirmed that “the offer to go and play is on the table”. The South West Jets team, which is said to be attached to one of the Australian colleges, has requested BONA to provide for air tickets for the players which will cost the association 3000 Australian dollars. The team has committed that they will fast-track the VISA application and offer academic uplifting for the players. Early Childhood Education, Commercial Cookery, Fitness and Hospitality are some of the courses the team can offer to the players.


“We are still engaging BNSC and BNOC on how we could support the girls. The offer is on the table, we just need to get the funding they would need. Our interest is that they should not only play netball in Australia but also study and get qualifications and a career to fall back on when they stop playing,” Lebotse-Sebego said. The team, according to a source is pushing for the players to find part time work. In recent correspondences, the team based in Southwest region has asked BONA to facilitate “health cover, proof of leaving cost (20,000 Australian dollars) health cover (500 Australian dollars) immigration agent (7000 Australian dollar) among others.”


According to those close to the developments the team wanted the deal to be done swiftly and for the trio to move ASAP, however BONA leadership is unmoved as they want for procedures to be followed accordingly and be assured the trio’s interest are secured.

ABOUT THE TEAM  

The Jets are the South West region's state league representative team. They compete in the Smarter than Smoking Netball WA State Netball League. Players trial every year to be selected and then complete a pre-season, including fitness testing with the team. The state league fixtures are played mostly at Perth venues and home games are hosted at Eaton Recreation Centre. (Team Website)

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