TAFIC sporting club popularly known as the Matjimenyenga this week unveiled a kit sponsorship to the tune of P150 000 during a press conference in Francistown. The sponsorship announcement comes ahead of the crucial encounter between TAFIC and Township Rollers at the Francistown Sports Complex this Sarurday. Speaking before the official unveiling of the team kit, Director of E Volia sportswear Maokaneng Bontshetse reminded those in attendance that his love for TAFIC can be traced back when the team was still hot property in the premier league.
He revealed that when he was still playing for a lower division team known as Blue Birds FC, he scored two goals against Matjimenyenga during one of their encounters only for him to be signed by TAFIC due to his prowess and hard work. “Unfortunately, I did not take a long time at the team as I then went to school and dumped playing football which was by then my first love. Coming back from school, I then formed Tonota FC, which continued to support TAFIC through the supply of very good players,” he said. Bontshetse said he has been the technical sponsor at TAFIC.
He explained his company has grown in leaps and bounds thanks to the marketing indirectly performed by the team and its players. He explained that during his twelve months agreement with the team, he will make it a point that no player dons a tattered jersey or pair of stockings as he will make such replacements on the sport without demanding any payment from the team. As if that was not enough, he applauded long-time supporter for TAFIC Farouk Sada for having been there for the team and giving it his undivided attention.
The away TAFIC jersey will be white with red stripes whilst the home kit will be red with some white stripes as well as an alternative kit which is royal blue in colour with some red stripes. When the players finished parading with their new kit, team players assured supporters and stakeholders that they come to the party during the eagerly anticipated Rollers encounter.
New GU Stadium Excites Mochudi based soccer rivals
Officials at Mochudi village’s biggest soccer clubs Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Mochudi Rovers are excited at the news that their district will soon have a state of the art football stadium after property and construction magnate Nicholas Zackhem announced the erection of the facility for Gaborone United.
Zackhem, owner and director of Zac Construction, revealed recently to this publication that a football stadium would be built in Bokaa village at a cost of P70 million, with the hope that all phases will be completed by 2025.
Edwin Mothulatshipi, Chairman of Centre Chiefs, as well as Mochudi Rovers’ Chairman Sugar Molefhe both spoke to The Midweek Sun on what the construction of the stadium means for their respective clubs. Both admit they would jump at the opportunity to use the facility for their official matches, and based on what Gaborone United financier Zackhem has shared with The Midweek Sun, it will not be difficult for all the other clubs based around the area to use the facility. TO READ THE COMPLETE STORY, BUY THIS WEEK’S EDITION (11 August 2021) OF THE MIDWEEK SUN AT A STORE NEAR YOU.
Local hockey body to incur massive financial loss post Covid-19
Botswana Hockey Association (BHA) President Unaswi Matebu has confessed that her Association will suffer major financial losses post the Covid 19 pandemic that has left the sport fraternity at a standstill.
Matebu recently told this publication that the current situation does not only have tremendous effects on their schedule, but also there will be financial implications more especially that the association does not have full time sponsors.
“We had to cancel most of our calendar activities such as tournaments, national team trainings, Board meetings, and club activities since mid-March this year, all of which have cost us money to prepare for,” Matebu remarked in an interview.
Additionally she said the planning phase for their 5-year Development Plan which was supposed to be launched in June will have to be postponed. Also there are national competitions that were postponed till further notice despite them having already set up teams and having already started preparing.
“Our Indoor Hockey Senior National teams had already started preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations – a World Cup qualifier – that was supposed to be held in June, 2020, in South Africa. Our Field Hockey Senior National teams had already begun preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers that were supposed to be held in August, 2020 in Zimbabwe,” she added.
Moreover, it was going to be an excessively detailed and decorated year for local hockey governing body, with the Youth National teams having already began preparations for the Africa Youth Championships that were billed for September, 2020, in Ghana.
“Player conditioning has obviously been affected because athletes are currently not training as planned and what we had achieved so far might go to waste. We are only hoping that the Continental and World Hockey governing bodies will give us enough time to prepare for these competitions post the pandemic.”