Despite their failure to proceed beyond the group stages at the just ended Africa Cup of Nations, the Broadhusrt United Congregation Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA) Choir, led by Reverend Kgerethwa, has donated P50, 000 to Botswana’s national football team, affectionately known as the Zebras.
This money was proceeds raised from the sales of Compact Disks (CD) and Digital Video Disks (DVDs) of a song, Di ile Dipitse, composed by chorister Omphemetse Chimbombi and performed by the church choir. The single was released in November 2011 and the song was written long before the Zebras even qualified to go for their debut at the Africa Cup of Nations football tournament.
The donation was received by the Vice President of the Botswana Football Association, Boyce Sebetela, who told the congregation that for the first time, the BFA had received this much money being contributed towards the whole team including the players, coach and the technical staff. Sebetela further stated that had they known the magnitude of this occasion, the BFA would have sent more dignitaries to receive the donation.
“Donors usually specify that they are making a donation to specifically the players. However, for a team to succeed a combined effort is required, the input of the players, the coach and the technical staff.”
Sebetela further stated that the BFA hoped that this type of relationship between the Church and the Zebras will continue to prosper as and when other international football tournaments arise.
“A total of one thousand copies have been sold since the single was released in November last year,” explained Barbra Ramolefhe on behalf of the church choir.
Ramolefhe said that from these copies sold, a total of P76 000 was made at a cost of P36 000. The Zebras were awarded P50 000 and it was stated that Reverend Kgerethwa will donate the P10 000 which fell short on covering the production cost.
The church choir gave the Master copy to BFA and urged them to continue with the project by making more copies and selling them to generate more income.