The relationship between Keone Mooka Mageu and the Botswana Boxing Association (BOBA) has been renewed again following the unveiling of sponsorship to a whooping P125 000.
This latest sponsorship marks a nine year marriage.
BoBA vice president admin, Tsietsi Kebualemang, said the sponsorship shows the commitment and how devoted the boxing association has been.
“I believe the establishment of Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture will ensure that development, employment, competitiveness, courage and success are taken into consideration and to ensure that companies that provide sports are accorded tax rebate,” said Kebualemang.
He further said boxing is for all as they have women referees/judges who are serving in commissions and they are also in the process of establishing women boxers, “to also compete for the prizes offered by companies such as Kgalagadi Breweries Limited and Botswana Breweries Limited (The umbrella body for Keone Mooka Mageu).
Mmabatho Dibe, Marketing Manager at KBL told the BOBA to rest assured as KBL recognises the true greatness of the relationship that has existed between the two over the years. She mentioned two success stories between BBL and BoBA.
“They partnered in a billboard campaign in which some of their top boxers endorsed Keone Mooka Mageu as the energy drink for a power punch and also the famous Khumiso Ikgopoleng who is a testimony of the success story that BoBA is.”
The preliminaries and semi finals will be held this weekend, 21st and 22nd of November at Mmadinare Community Hall, with the finals to be held on the 28th November at UB Student Union Hall.
Modibedi Modibedi, BoBA publicity secretary, said there will be 18 boxers competing in nine divisions.
“We will have nine gold and silver medallists, ranging from 48kg, 51kg, 57kg, 60kg, 64kg, 75kg and 81kg,” said Modibedi.
A gold medallist will pocket P1000, silver medallists at P500, whilst bronze will get P200.
The Best Boxer will pocket P1000; best Bout will each pocket P700, as well as a promising boxer. While best coach, best referee and best judge will each pocket P600.
The team scooping first position will be awarded P20, 000, second position P10, 000 and third position P5, 000.
Consolation price will be P2, 000.
The BoBA president said an event like that does not come cheap.
“It clearly shows that KBL recognised our hard work,” he said. “I hope it grows even further and does not stop here,” he said.