Premier League title sponsors Botswana Telecommunication Corporation (BTC) launched the eagerly anticipated one day Charity cup at Phakalane Golf Estates last week Friday. BTCL has availed P3 million towards the tournament over three years at a value of P1 million a season. The sponsorship will be used towards prize monies and administration of the tournament.
Named as BTC Charity Cup, the tournament is scheduled to commence during the off season in August on a date yet to be confirmed.
All teams that are currently playing in the 2017-2018 league are eligible to participate in the tournament. Botswana Football supporters who are BTCL subscribers are eligible to vote for their desired team, the sms costs P2 (sms code 14142).
After the fans have voted for their clubs, the top four teams with the most votes will compete for the title. However the time to start voting and stop voting will be communicated in due course. All gate takings from the tournament will be given to a charitable organisation to be announced at a later stage.
The winner will receive a tune of P300 000 ,their runners up will walk away with P200 000 Position 3 and 4 will each get a consoling amount of P120 000 .The individual prize money for the one day tournament will include top goal scorer receiving P6000, Player of the tournament P15 000 ,Best goal Keeper P5000 ,Man of Match P2,500 ,Coach of the tournament P6000 ,referee of the tournament P6000, Assistant Referee P4000 and Best dressed Supporter will grab P2500.
Speaking at the unveiling of the charity cup, BTCL representative Solomon Rabeng said during the off season supporters will be hungry for some action so the cup will serve to ensure that the fans will be kept happy through the off season. Rabeng said the tournament is part of its drive to empower the less fortunate in the society by giving back to the community.
On his part premier league Chairperson Jagdish Shah expressed gratitude to sponsors for raising the standard of football in the country.