Bako re­turns to Don­ny­brook

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Collin Ma­tiza Sports Ed­i­tor

EM­MANUEL Bako, fresh from sweep­ing the board at last week­end’s fi­nal round of the North­ern Re­gions Mo­tocross Cham­pi­onships in South Africa, will be the star at­trac­tion dur­ing to­mor­row’s penul­ti­mate round of the 2018 Bog­wheel­ers Club’s Club Cham­pi­onship event at Don­ny­brook in Harare.

The Bog­wheel­ers Club run the ex­cit­ing mo­tor­cy­cling sport of mo­tocross in Zim­babwe and each year they hold two dif­fer­ent events - a Na­tional Cham­pi­onship se­ries and a Club Cham­pi­onship one - where all the coun­try’s top ju­nior and se­nior fe­male and male rid­ers take part in.

And to­mor­row will see the Bog­wheel­ers Club stag­ing the penul­ti­mate round of their Club Cham­pi­onship se­ries which will be open to all the classes rang­ing from the PeeWees, which is de­signed for rid­ers

JO­HAN­NES­BURG. — South African Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Danny Jordaan has re­vealed the “dis­re­spect­ful” fig­ure of­fered by the South African Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion to broad­cast Bafana Bafana fix­tures.

Jordaan, who was speak­ing on the Marawa Sports World­wide show on Thurs­day night, re­vealed the fig­ures con­tained in the ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the two par­ties that even­tu­ally broke down.

The break­down in ne­go­ti­a­tions re­sulted in an ugly pub­lic spat with the SABC and SAFA both sling­ing ac­cu­sa­tions at each other. un­der the age of seven, to the main MX1 Class.

Most of the coun­try’s top ju­nior and se­nior rid­ers are ex­pected to be in ac­tion and lead­ing this pool of bik­ers will be 13-year-old Bako who is ex­pected to ar­rive at Don­ny­brook brim­ming with con­fi­dence af­ter he won both the 65cc and 85cc (Ju­niors) classes dur­ing last week­end’s fi­nal round of the 2018 South African North­ern Re­gions Cham­pi­onships at Dirt Bronco in Krugers­dorp.

Bako’s fa­ther and man­ager, Brighton, yes­ter­day con­firmed that his tal­ented son will be back rid­ing at his “home turf” at Don­ny­brook where he will com­pete in both the 65cc and 85cc classes.

“Em­manuel is def­i­nitely go­ing to race in Sun­day’s Club event at Don­ny­brook where he will once again be show­cas­ing his mo­tocross rid­ing skills. He had a good and mem­o­rable out­ing dur­ing last week­end’s fi­nal round of the North­ern Re­gions Cham­pi­onships at Dirt Bronco in South Africa and hope­fully he will con­tinue with his fine form at home at Don­ny­brook on Sun­day.

“Em­manuel will be us­ing Sun­day’s event at Don­ny­brook to fine-tune him­self for the fi­nal round of the 2018 South African Na­tional Cham­pi­onship se­ries which will be held at Dirt Bronco on Oc­to­ber 20,” Brighton Bako said.

To­mor­row at Don­ny­brook, Em­manuel Bako will be joined on the track “by the usual sus­pects”, fel­low tal­ented rid­ers Daiyaan “D” Manuel, Mun­yaradzi Bako, Tris­tan Grainger, Ricky Whyte, sea­soned cam­paigner Ash­ley Thix­ton and his brother Cameron.

The coun­try’s other top ju­nior and se­nior rid­ers such as Dil­laan Fassen, Jor­dan Dewd­ney, Daniel Law, Tris­tan Vers­feld, John Evans, Hamish Perry, Joshua Goby, Jay­den Young, Jamie Do­ran, Luke Southon, Karl van As, Callum Moore and Willen Krause are also ex­pected to be in ac­tion at Don­ny­brook.

Rac­ing starts at 10am and en­try fee for the spec­ta­tors has been pegged at $5 per per­son while chil­dren un­der the age of 12 will get in for free. There will be full bar and ca­ter­ing as well as en­ter­tain­ment for the kids.

Yas­min Manuel, the sec­re­tary of the Bog­wheel­ers Club, said yes­ter­day that af­ter stag­ing to­mor­row’s race meet­ing, they will have an­other Club event and two more Na­tional events be­fore they host the sea­son-end­ing Zim­babwe Sum­mer Se­ries which is sched­uled for the sec­ond week of De­cem­ber.

This year’s Zim­babwe Sum­mer Se­ries will once again con­sist of two Su­per­cross (night rac­ing) events, which will be held on De­cem­ber 12 and 14; and a mo­tocross race meet­ing on De­cem­ber 16.

Yas­min Manuel said they were once again ex­pect­ing all the top ju­nior and se­nior rid­ers from neigh­bour­ing coun­tries Botswana, South Africa and Zam­bia to make their way to Harare for this year’s Zim­babwe Sum­mer Se­ries.

com­pared to rugby and cricket.

“Rugby gets R2.8 bil­lion over five years (R560 mil­lion per year), while cricket gets R1.24 bil­lion (R248 mil­lion per year) where foot­ball must get R50 mil­lion per year.”

“When the SABC was un­der Apartheid we used to get R37 mil­lion, so it’s just un­think­able. So now we have to ap­proach govern­ment to say re­lease us from this agree­ment as we have of­fers from out­side who want to pay us in dol­lars.”

Bafana Bafana next host the Sey­chelles in a 2019 AFCON quai­fier at the FNB Sta­dium to­day.

Kick-off is at 3pm. — Sport24

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