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Fare thee well champ

Tefo Maitewa, former 2019 and 2017 national fly and bantam weight champion was laid to rest in Molepolole on Sunday.

When eulogizing the befallen champion, acting Botswana National Sports Commission, Tuelo Serufho said Maitewa was humble and passionate about his craft.

He said his passing was a huge loss not only to his family, but to the nation at large.  

He therefore encouraged other youth to emulate Maitewa and engage in sporting activities.

BoBA president Dr Thato Patlakwe said the association had been by Maitewa’s side throughout his condition with  support from Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Culture Development, Tumiso Rakgare as well as the Department of Youth Sports and Culture Development until his final days.

He described Maitewa as a rare gem adding that equally talented kids of Maitewa’s caliber were abundant and had to be identified.

Other speakers called on sports bodies to introduce insurance products to athletes especially contact sports such as boxing since it was a ‘dangerous sport’.

They also called on government to hasten to tackle the issue of welfare of sports personalities.  

They said most sport men and women retire and ultimately die into poverty something that was regrettable.  

They said people of Maitewa’s caliber should be honoured for they flew the nation’s flag high and thereby promoted the country but at the end of their careers, there was nothing to show.

His sparring partner, 12th Africa Games Gold medalist, Mahommed Rajab said Maitewa’s passing was such a great loss to him especially that he relied on him to bring out the best of him as a training partner.

He said ‘T4’ as he was affectionately known, was a southpaw, adding that he always gave him tough competition.  

Before he could compete with international professional boxers, Maitewa would provide necessary techniques and skills he needed to face his competitors whom mostly were southpaw.

He however acknowledged that he must accept fate that had befallen his teammate and be strong to face his competition in preparation for the Olympics without Maitewa.

Sports Development Officer, Healer Modiradilo said the young pugilist demonstrated passion, discipline and commitment to boxing both in and outside training, and kept on improving qualities that catapulted him to a higher rank from a local boxing club to national team status.

He was part of out of school team occasionally training with senior team and was Rajab chief sparring partner during his preparation for 2017 world championships in Cologne Germany.

In 2018, because of his talent Botswana National Olympic committee selected him to accompany Commonwealth Games team to Gold Coast as part of his development.  

During the 2019 National Championships, he lost to George Molwantwa of BMC and was dropped from the national team and in 2019 national Championships, he defeated two national champions both Molwantwa and Treasure Moremi of DTCB and reclaimed his position in the team.

Modiradilo said, he was part of the Olympic qualifiers team and through hard work and discipline, he was convinced that he had a bright future ahead.  

He said the boxing fraternity would miss him.

Maitewa was born on January 26, 1998  in Molepolole.

He leaves behind both his parents, an elder brother and two younger brothers. Ends

Source : BOPA

Author : Lindi Morwaeng

Location : Molepolole

Event : Funeral

Date : Oct 26 Mon,2020

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