Francistown – based new kids on the block, Ecco City Greens, made a historic appearance among the teams short listed for the annual Orange Kabelano Charity spectacular which will take place on the July 29th, but they face stiff competition as they have to muster enough votes against some of the country’s most popular teams
The tournament has always been dominated by crowd pullers such as Township Rollers, Lobtrans Gunners and Mochudi Centre Chiefs.
Voting starts on the 19th June and ends on the 29th.
“Mamojadiski” as the youthful side is popularly dubbed by its supporters may find it difficult to make the final four needed to take part in the tournament. However, they may get a boost from votes from people up north because they are the only team from north of the Capricorn in the shortlist.
Other teams shortlisted are Township Rollers, Lobtrans Gunners, Notwane, Centre Chiefs and Gaborone United.
The chairperson of the Kabelano trust, Terrence Dambe, told Sunday Standard Sport that this year supporters are also expected to vote for musicians they want to spice the occasion.
“The Orange line will be used to vote for both the teams and the musicians while the BTC line will only be used to vote for the teams,” said Dambe.He said that people should recognize the Orange Kabelano event because it has changed people’s lives over the years. At the press conference, the Kabelano trust donated a cheque worth P70 000 to the Mochudi Centre for the Blind. “The inclusion of Ecco was to bring balance as we could not alienate teams from up north,” he said. Asked what criterion was used to come up with the six teams, Dambe said;“We went for teams that we thought will bring the people to the grounds.” Some were for the opinion that voting must be open for all the teams because the event is intended for money generation. Dambe said they had thought about it but knowing very well that there was an unresolved issue involving institutional teams, they reserved their thoughts. “People were going to complain that other teams use government coffers to out- compete others,” said Dambe. Twenty-five percent of the voting proceeds will go to the national football Under-15 and under-17 teams. The other twenty-five percent will go to the Botswana Musicians Association.