When companies sponsor teams, they mainly look for nothing but mileage. This means that those teams with many supporters stand to benefit a lot from sponsors. For instance, for the past years, many people have come on board to support the national team, the Zebras, and it did not take long for cellular giants, Orange, to step forward and sponsor the team.
It was in the late 70s when Batswana came up with an initiative to build their own University because it was expensive for the country to send students out to other countries.
Before this current season started, most teams signed influential players with the hopes of reviving their fortunes and fight for honours. Other players yielded results and led their respective teams to greater heights.
The dismal performance of most of Botswana teams is mainly attributed to a lack of international exposure. Most national teams in Botswana compete in high level games after not playing enough international games or having played minnows who otherwise do not give them much needed practice.
In 2003, a little unknown team qualified for the semifinals of the lucrative Coca Cola Cup where they were knocked out by the eventual champions, Mogoditshane Fighters. Many people then did not take Ecco City Greens seriously because many First Division teams had qualified for the semi-finals before. Some of those teams include Orapa Bucks and Police XI.
Township Rollers are now mainly known outside the field of play. This season, the team has had many running battles with football’s mother body, the Botswana Football Association (BFA) together with the Premier League. Some of the issues included the saga of BDF XI striker, Bernard Simakwenzi, and the Orange sponsorship deal.
Just last year, one of Botswana’s experienced boxers, Khumiso Ikgopoleng, did not have a chance to go for the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia. By then he was just fresh from Cuba where he underwent intensive training and studying at the same time. Instead, upcoming Thato Batshegi was selected ahead of him.
Most of the teams in the Mascom Premier League are left with two to three games and it appears Ecco City Green will be crowned champions because their nearest rivals, Mochudi Centre Chiefs and BDF, have failed to close in on them in the past games.
It is also not yet clear on who exactly will be relegated because log trailers, Prisons XI and FC Satmos have chances of surviving.
The condemnation to the second division of Tlokweng-based side, Red Sparks, did not only deal Tlokweng a severe blow, but the country as well.
The Botswana Cricket Association (BCA) has embarked on a vigorous campaign to develop the sport in Botswana. The association has started from the grassroots level where their main targets are kids. Since most kids are in lower schools, the BCA started by approaching five primary schools in and around Gaborone for their initiative.
It was in 1993 during the finals of the lucrative Coca-Cola Cup when Rollers had sweet revenge against their archrivals, Gaborone United (GU). After suffering about three losses in a row, Rollers thrashed GU 4-1, and it was a game in which Desmond Molefhe scored a brace. Molefhe's goals are still memorable because that victory also meant that Rollers won their first Coca Cola Cup.
In a few weeks, the Mascom Premier League is comes to an end. Immediately after that, a series of tournaments is going to follow. The lucrative Coca Cola Cup is set to be first on the off-season calendar and will end either on the last week of August or the first week of September, a period when the league would be about to start.
A day hardly passed without hearing the voice of Ipolokeng Ramatshaba on Radio stations and even seeing him on Botswana Television. Ramatshaba was the Public Relations officer of the Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) and was defeated from his position at the BAA elections about two months ago.
Only a few games are left before the curtain falls on the grueling 2006/2007 Mascom Premier League. Despite the fact that it is still not clear which one of the teams will actually walk away with the championship honours, teams are already preparing for the next season in full force.
Gaborone United (GU) is one of the local teams that have produced big names in local football, and such names are still on the lips of the team’s die hard supporters.
For several weeks, four teams, Satmos, Prisons XI, Tasc, Comets and Tafic, were predicted by many as relegation candidates because they always languished at the bottom of the league. The situation has since changed a little and Nico United has joined the fray. This then means, in addition to Satmos, Nico is the second team from Selibe Phikwe.
It was all ululations and celebrations towards the end of last year, when local volleyball teams made history at the Zone VI club championships. The clubs won gold medals and automatically earned themselves tickets to the Africa Club championships. Mafolofolo participated at the championships about a fortnight ago and bowed out early.
There is a concern among the Premier League teams that Township Rollers and Notwane are above the laws of football and do what they please knowing that nothing concrete is ever really going to be done to them. The action by the two teams is seen as tarnishing the image of the local soccer which has improved compared to previous seasons.
Perhaps, the memorable time for the Lobatse-based side, the Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) Football Club was in 1996. That was when BMC, for the first time in their history, qualified for the finals of the lucrative Coca-Cola Cup, where they lost by two goals to eventual winners Township Rollers.
Kgatleng outfit, Mochudi Centre Chiefs, might have restored their chances of winning their first ever Premiership title by walloping Uniao Flamengo Santos by three goals to nil on Friday evening but they still have a long way to go. Chiefs have now played 22 games, three less than log leaders, Ecco City Greens.