GABORONE - Re-elected Botswana Rugby Union (BRU) president, Bob Lekan has revealed his leaderships dream to build a rugby specific stadium within two years.
He communicated the objective during the unionís annual general meeting in Gaborone on Saturday.
Lekan was given a fresh two year mandate after he stood unopposed during elections conducted at the AGM, meaning he will continue as rugby boss until March 2014.
According to Lekan, the union already has land in Gaborone for the envisaged project and the design has already been done. He said the union was being held back from starting the project by lack of funds. The plan is to construct it as quickly as possible provided funds permit. My wish is for us to complete this project within 18 months if we can find funding quickly, he informed delegates.
The BRU boss said the project, which comprises a pitch, stands, change rooms, offices and parking space, is projected to cost around P16 million and could be done in two phases.
Should the project come to pass it will help to alleviate shortage of rugby stadia in Gaborone. Most rugby matches in the city are played at the Wharic Park which is owned by Gaborone Hogs.
The president also informed delegates that the Confederation of African Rugby (CAR) has selected BRU to host this yearís CAR six nations tournament in July. The competition will feature hosts Botswana, Zambia, Mauritius, South Africa, Ivory Coast and Cameroon. About the 2012 A-Division league season, the meeting was informed that the division has been reduced to six teams from eight after Desert Whales and Ghetto Sharks left the league. This followed a move by the Botswana Defence Force to reduce its teams in competitive sports activities. A proposal was then made for teams to face each other in home and away basis to increase the number of matches they would play. Teams have been playing each other once before the season went into a knock-out stage. The league will start next month.
Meanwhile, almost all posts were filled uncontested at the AGM, except that of vice-president which had former secretary general Mpho Masisi and Alecs Basitang as candidate. Masisi won by 11 votes to four of Basitang.
Kadimo Modise and Vincent Mashaya were respectively elected new secretary general and treasurer. Thusego Segaise retained his post as additional member, and was joined on that capacity by Maungo Molatole, the only woman in the new executive committee.