Monday, May 25, 2020

Banc ABC to sponsor Chiefs, Rollers?

Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Township Rollers are likely to land a mouth-watering sponsorship from Banc ABC in the new year. 

Information reaching The Telegraph indicates that Glamour Sports director, Comfort ‘Big Fish’ Ramatebele, is the man spearheading the negotiations between the country’s leading clubs and the bank.

Our sources reveal that Ramatebele approached the bank after their efforts to sponsor the top 8 tournament hit a blank.

The bank is understood to have put P2m on the table for the tournament but was beaten to it by Mascom who pumped in P7m for two years. “There’s nothing formal on the table but the bank management is seriously considering to sponsor the two teams considering that they have a large following in the Premier League. I think they (bank management) are meeting with Big Fish tomorrow (Tuesday). The bank can use both clubs as a marketing tool,” said a source.

Though they are seen as rivals, Chiefs’ chairman, Ernest Molome, is said to have already contacted his counterpart, Rollers’ managing director Somerset Gobuiwang, about the potential deal.

Ramatebele confirmed that he is courting a big sponsor for the country’s leading clubs but he said it is too early to divulge the details.

“It is my greatest gratitude to earn the trust and support of top brands in the mould of Chiefs and Rollers. I can assure them that I will always endeavour as Glamour Sports to enhance their corporate image and secure partnerships for them which will keep them competitive not only in football sense but in business sense,” said Ramatebele. ┬á

It will be the first time local clubs get sponsored by a bank. The last time Rollers had a major sponsor was in the 90s when they were backed by Coin Botswana.

Glamour Sports has managed to secure Botswana Volleyball Federation (BVF) a deal from Mascom in the past. Last month, they went into partnership with Kutlwano volleyball club.

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