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‘My Zaka’ galore at Mascom Top 8

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The sponsors of the Mascom Top 8 tournament popularly known as Tse di Tona, Mascom Wireless, might possibly inject close to P 6 million into the season 8 games.

According to a detailed expense and prize breakdown received from Mascom Chief Communications & Public Relations Officer Tebogo Lebotse-Sebego this week, all teams that were recently eliminated from the first round of the 2018 Top 8 quarter finals are sure to pocket a cool P50 000 and an additional P10 000 each for appearance fee. This means that by finishing in the top 8 category of the premier league games, a team is rewarded with a P60 000 handsome Mascom cheque.

From the semi -finalists announced a fortnight ago, two will each pocket P315 000 prize money plus the appearance fee. The semi-finalists are Township Rollers, Gaborone United, Jwaneng Galaxy and BDF XI.

Runners up will pocket P670 000 in total while champions will get a massive P 1.3 million and an additional P 100 000 appearance fee.The teams will take all the money to their accounts as Mascom ensures that it pays for everything, match balls, Team Kits (home and away), the teams travel and hospitality. There are also individual prizes, the biggest bite going towards the player of the tournament at P 50 000.

The breakdown further suggests that the organizers of the games being Botswana Premier League (BPL) secretariat have a budget of more than P600 000. Accreditations stand at P50 000, referees fees P95 000 while ticket production will cost about P160 000.

Lebotse-Sebego noted that other additional costs go towards brand activation, VIP hospitality and Media Engagement. According to the report, Mascom spent P44 000 on media engagement for the 2017-2018 (season 7) games.

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New GU Stadium Excites Mochudi based soccer rivals

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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.

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Local hockey body to incur massive financial loss post Covid-19

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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.”

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