Thursday, October 1, 2020

Lack of stadium hampers charity tournament again

It looks like the much anticipated preseason tournaments will be foiled, just like last season. There is still no proper stadium to accommodate the multitudes of people who normally grace the one-day tournament.

Last season, Kabelano Charity Shield, which has been running for more than ten years, was not staged because of the unavailability of the National Stadium.

And things look not to have changed this year.
Also, the Premier League, together with the League sponsor, be-mobile, wanted to have their own charity tournament.

But things do not look promising.

The National Stadium, which was supposed to have been complete by this time, looks to still be behind schedule, the reason being the reportedly poorly laid turf.

The same thing goes for Lobatse Stadium, which was supposed to be officially opened this coming weekend.

Information reaching Telegraph Sports is that the stadium also has a problem with the turf, which is reported not to have been properly laid.

The match between Botswana’s national Under 23 team against Mozambique was supposed to be played there but had to be moved to Molepolole Sports complex.

The Premier League Secretary General, Setete Phuthego, told Telegraph Sports that all their plans are on hold because of the unavailability of proper stadiums.

Phuthego said that currently it is only the University of Botswana Stadium that is ready but is too small for their planned charity tournament. “Currently all the discussions we had with potential sponsors of the tournament are on hold and there is little we can do about it. Just like last season, we might not have a charity tournament. We tried all our best to even secure Lobatse Stadium, but it looks as if it will take time to be complete,” he said.

Unavailability of a proper stadium might, however, be a blessing because already there were issues that might have ended in the courts of law. Kabelano Trust had a problem with securing teams for the tournament because the Premier League told them that they already had engagement with their sponsor, be-Mobile.

Kabelano, on the other hand, said they had an agreement with the mother soccer body, the Botswana Football Association, which makes the rules and regulations of football matters in the country.
The Premier League was, however, resolute in their own charity tournament. Interestingly, Kabelano had already secured a sponsor from be-Mobile’s competitors, Orange. Kabelano even ended up calling a press briefing saying they were confident to come to a mutual agreement with the Premier League.

Even on Monday, one of Kabelano Trust members, Lesego Pule, told Telegraph Sports that they are still discussing a few things and was hopeful that the tournament will be held.
On other hand, Phuthego said nothing can be discussed while there is no stadium.

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