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All roads will be leading to the National Stadium in Gaborone on June 30, where the annual Orange Kabelano Charity Cup 2007 will be held.
The event is staged annually to raise funds to assist charities in Botswana.
The event, which continues to attract thousands of people, has reverted to its original standard format of 4 premier league teams.
“This year, the teams which will battle it out at the National Stadium have been selected by the Trust,” said Kabelano Trust Chairman, Terence Dambe. “These are Gaborone United, Mochudi Centre Chiefs, Notwane FC and Township Rollers.” This, he said, meant there would be no voting.
Dambe said the draw to decide the order of the game and the team’s opponent would take place on June 26 at the Gaborone Sun. He pointed out that the format of the event would be the normal format whereby the winners of the two “semi finals” participate in the final.
Dambe stated that to date they had donated a total of P830 000 since cup tournament was started in 1995.
“We have some pending requests for donations which are still under consideration,” he said. Dambe said that they have a policy of retaining a certain percentage from what is raised, with a view to long-term investing for the sustainability of the trust.
“As is always the case, we have undoubtedly left no stone unturned when it comes to bringing the best entertainment to supplement this event. This year’s line-up includes entertainment artists who will make the event, yet again, one to remember. These include Thebe, from South Africa, Mapetla and Culture Spears.”
Orange Chief Technical Officer, Keabetswe Segole, who was also present at the press briefing, said that for seven years Orange has been supporting the Cup.
“Every year, we have been overwhelmed by the turn out, the quality of organization and the hype created around the event,” he said. This year, to add value to the tournament, Segole stated that they have introduced two innovative and distinctive features which shall generate a lot of excitement with members of the public and all involved.
“There is an SMS competition to win a trip for two to Egypt this September. This will enable the winners to follow the Zebras in their game against Egypt and also to discover the wonder of the Pyramids and cruise on the Nile River,” he said. Segole said there will be lots of prizes such as cell phones, airtimes and Botswana Zebras official jerseys.
The competition will run until June 26 and the winners will have to be at the National Stadium to claim the prizes. The cost of the SMS is P2.00, and both the Kabelano Trust and Orange have committed P1.00 per SMS to be donated for soccer kits for primary schools in Botswana. As per standard, the public can vote as many times as they wish.
In respect to the prize money for the participating teams, Segole stated that, once again, Kabelano had come up with an innovation which promises to entice the teams to perform at their level best to ensure that they win the trophy. This year, he said, they have introduced a ‘winner takes all’ initiative. “To this end, the winner of the event will receive a staggering grand prize of P100 000,” he announced. “We believe this is a first for a major competition in Botswana and a huge incentive for the teams to perform and fight for the ultimate prize.”
Segole expressed gratitude to the soccer fans who have been coming to stadium over the years.
“When buying a ticket, not only are you guaranteed a good time, but you are directly contributing to helping those who need it the most.”
Orange Kabelano Charity Cup 2007 is sponsored by Orange Botswana in collaboration with the Botswana Gazette and the Gaborone Sun. The trust vision is to establish a long-term commitment to raise money for charity by using soccer which is the most popular sport in Botswana.