Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Joy Foundation to host pre-season tourney

Joy Foundation will host a one-day tournament at UB Stadium on September 1 to help some of the Premier League sides in their preparation for the upcoming season. The tournament will feature national champions Mochudi Centre Chiefs, Coca-Cola champions Gaborone United (GU), ECCO City Greens and Extension Gunners. This was confirmed by the foundation’s director Joy Setshedi at a media briefing held at Lensmore Hotel in Gaborone on Friday morning. “Our aim in hosting the tournament is to raise funds towards the building of our (sports) academy which we want to be operating in 2014. It is at this academy where we will be nurturing talent across all sporting codes. We’re grateful that when we came calling the four clubs heeded our call as they understand the importance of having such a tournament,” said Setshedi. She pointed out that they extended the invitations to all Premier League clubs and their decision to settle for the four sides was based on those who responded quickly. “This is one tournament which is going to be full of fun as we have a lot of activities lined up for the day. We’re therefore appealing to football lovers to come and support this initiative which we intend to make an annual event,” she continued. Supporters are in treat as there are number of prizes lined-up especially for the best dressed. Setshedi pointed out that they are currently involved in negotiations with different companies to be part of the event. Already XL Energy drink and VTH Van and Truck Hire have come on board as co-sponsors. “The companies who come on board would be able to advertise at the stadium even on the shirts of the teams,” she added. Speaking at the briefing, Gunners’ chairman William Maboane called on other entities to emulate the good that Joy Foundation is doing. He said that by the time Gunners take part in the tournament, they will be ready for any opposition as they have employed China Matlhaku as their new head coach. He also hinted that they will be taking Gunners to Hukuntsi and Orapa for friendly games before taking part in the tournament at the beginning of next month. GU chairman Fedelis Nkomazana said that when they received the invite, they did not hesitate to take part. He said his club appreciates the good work that Joy Foundation is carrying out by taking kids out of streets through sports. “You’re free to use our offices at anytime if you need to do something which would benefit the Foundation. Even if you want to promote your tournament through our social network, you’re free to do so,” he said. Nkomazana said the tournament would give their new coach David Bright a chance to try out new combinations. The four teams would be given P50,000 each as an appearance fee. The champions of the day would walk away with P100,000 with the runners-up getting P50,000. According to the organizers the draw for the tournament would be held a week before the tournament where others would be revealed. Admission fee is P100 all round and the tickets are expected to start selling two weeks before the tournament.

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