National Brands Limited (NBL) Botswana country manager Saidi Sheleni says the country’s famed tea brand Five Roses is in Botswana sports to stay.
Speaking on the sidelines of Five Roses rebranding one day tournament held at the Gaborone West grounds this past Sunday, Shelini said the company is looking to immerse itself in local football as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.
The NBL Country Manager said for a long time, his company had been involved in CSR activities though it had not been visible in the Botswana arena.
“We are now seriously looking to get ourselves in CSR activities here in Botswana. This tournament, which we organised with the help of Media Social Club (Media SC) is just the beginning,” he said.
Having watched the women football game between Prisons XI Ladies and Mexican Girls, Shelini said he was impressed with what he saw.
“We are looking forward to seeing how best we can immerse ourselves in Botswana sport. Our intention is to look for partnerships that will have impact and are well managed,” he explained.
Going forward, Shelini said his company will be accepting proposals, though reiterating that only projects which are well aligned with the company’s social responsibility values will be considered.
Meanwhile, Prisons XI ladies beat Mexican Girls 3 ÔÇô 1 in a highly entertaining encounter to add a fine women touch to what was an eventful day.
Despite the score line flattering Prisons XI ladies who are the Gaborone Region Women football league champions, the game between the two was a tight affair and could have gone either way.
However, at the end, it was the experience of Prisons XI ladies, who boast among others players like Nondi Mahlase and Bame Ngenda which got them through the day ahead of the Mexican Girls ladies, who had tom do without the services of influential midfield lynchpin Gaone Tlhobogang.
Meanwhile, in the men’s tournament, it was a clean sweep for the Media SC who beat Mochudi based La Familia Social Club 2 ÔÇô 0 to be crowned the Five Roses Rebranding tournament champions.
Aside from gold medals and a floating trophy, Media SC also took home all individual awards on offer, which included Goalkeeper of the Tournament, Player of the Tournament, Top Goal Scorer as well as Coach of the Tournament.