It has become traditional that no premier league season passes by without witnessing road accidents that take football fans’ lives.
Last season after Mascom premier league match, there was an incident in which Centre Chiefs fans died along the Phakalane-Mmamashia road.
Such accidents happen normally when teams are traveling longer distances.
This happened again over the weekend after the be-mobile Premier League game between Mochudi Centre Chiefs and BDF XI.
Magosi fans died along the A12 road after their car collided with a bus.
There were 3 passengers in the car, 2 died at the scene and one is recovering at Princess Marina Hospital in Gaborone.
Chief’s Public Relations Officer, Clifford Mogomotsi, said they always encourage the fans to use buses to get to games, but fans prefer to use their private cars. ┬á
“I have not heard any incidence where these buses had an accident after these games; it’s only that it is hard to change people’s minds since it’s their choice which mode of transport they want,” he said. However, Mogomotsi said accidents happen to everyone; he mentioned teams like Taffic who lost their two officials in March 2007, and two Fighters’ supporters who also lost their lives on the way from Jwaneng.
“It is a cause for concern because we do not have our own ground, therefore, we will always be traveling to our games,” he said. However, Acting General Manager of the premier league, Setete Phuthego, said that there is nothing more to be done except to reinforce road safety awareness in our soccer fans. He also said that they always encourage them to use buses.
“To us, they are not just soccer fans but our clients; they buy our product, and therefore we cannot do without them. Our market cannot grow without them,” said Phuthego.