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Miscellaneous land 1/4m sponsorship deal

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Perched at the fifth spot in the beMOBILE Premiership log standings, Serowe-based Miscellaneous Football Club will welcome Gaborone United (GU) this Saturday at Serowe Sport Complex, bolstered by a P250 000 sponsorship deal with insurance giants, Botswana Life.

Having grabbed a point from Satmos FC in the copper-nickel town of Selebi Phikwe in their last game, the team which has game advantage will be supercharged by the sponsorship which will go a long way towards their upkeep.

Botswana Life Marketing and Communications Manager has said that the leadership team of the company, the club and dignitaries from Serowe as well as supporters of the club will attend the game in celebration of the milestone the deal has brought.

The sponsorship deal will run for a year with an option to renew and will run the course of the 2015/2016 season. The insurance company announced that it has identified the team as having great potential to do well in the Premier League and also believes that the sponsorship will give both the players and supporters the morale to take the team to the next level.

The company will this Saturday sign the sponsorship agreement in front of the Serowe community in order to solidify the partnership and demonstrate their whole-hearted commitment as a sponsor. Botswana Life has been in operation in Botswana for 40 years and has over 75 percent of the life insurance market share in the country.

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Selibe Phikwe bowls club faces closure

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Selibe-Phikwe Bowls Club faces a possible collapse, Sun Sports has learnt. This follows the closure of the BCL mine back in 2016, which has seen the club struggle without the supply of electricity and water.

Speaking to this publication this week, the chairperson of Phikwe club Oabona Motladiile said that things have been stagnant since the mine closed doors. “Nothing is happening here, there is no action at all because when the mine closed, it meant there was no one to pay for the water and electricity bills,” Motladiile said.

Motlaadile explained that their grounds are situated at Area 2, a place that the mine paid all bills for, however it has since proved very hard for them to maintain the green that needs constant watering. He said they do not have any alternative facilities to use and have since informed the Phikwe council about their difficulties but still solutions have not been found.

The Phikwe Chairman at the time of going to press said he was not sure of the exact figures they needed on a monthly basis but around 20 000 litres of water and electricity not exceeding P 1 000. He lamented that the Phikwe club is one of the oldest clubs locally and at one point had about 30 members. However, numbers have been dropping because there is no action.

“We are a very competitive club of men and women who make it into the national team,” he said. John Gaborutwe who is the BBA Vice President said that the possible closure of Phikwe Bowls Club was one of the topical issues to be discussed during the BBA Annual General Meeting (AGM) this coming weekend. The affiliates will be expected to vote for a new Vice President, Treasurer and Director of Bowls as the term for the current office bearers expires.

The AGM will be followed by the start of the Rose Bowl tournament. The tournament is the 1st of the 5-series major tournaments for the 2019 season. The remaining tournaments will be held in Francistown, Orapa, Jwaneng and Phikwe respectively. Jwaneng club is the defending champions.

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BFA FIRES BRIGHT

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Allegations coming out of the Botswana Football Association (BFA) are that national football team head coach Major David Bright has been fired as of Tuesday this week. The illustrious veteran tactician took over from Englishman Peter James Butler more than a year ago.

At the helm of the Zebras, Bright struggled to bring home positive results and find winning combinations. Having failed to lead Zebras past the qualifying stages of the 2019 Afcon competition was the first sign of trouble for the veteran coach at Lekidi. Furthermore the experienced tactician was expected to improve Botswana’s position in the FIFA world rankings. The Zebras are currently in the lowly 145th position.

According to sources close to the matter, Bright was handed a termination letter and challenged to show cause why he should not be relieved of his duties at Lekidi. As one of the most decorated coaches in both Botswana and CAF region, Bright has coached numerous teams including South Africa’s Bay United, Gaborone United and Morupule Wonders.

Reached for comment on the matter the BFA president Maclean Letshwiti insisted that the former army man is still in charge of the senior national team. For his part Bright said he could not comment on the matter and referred Sun Sport to the BFA.

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