The relationship between Motor Centre Group and Botswana Netball Association (BONA) continues to bear fruit for the sport as the company continues to plough money into netball.
Barely a year after sponsoring the Botswana national netball team to participate at the World Netball Championships Africa qualifiers, the motor giants were at it again this past Wednesday as they forked out another P150 000 to boost the team’s preparations for the World Championships.
Speaking at the launch of the sponsorship, BONA Public Relations Officer, Major Bakwena Oitsile, said the relationship between Motor Centre and netball goes a very long way and has grown tremendously over the years. Oitsile said that the motor giants have been a driving force behind the success of the national netball team.
He credited the national netball team’s qualification for the world championships to the involvement and support of Motor Centre.
For his part, the Managing Director of Motor Centre, Yussuf Dada, said the relationship between the national netball team and his company started last year when BONA approached them, seeking assistance as they prepared for the world championship Africa qualifiers that were held in South Africa.
He says that after looking at BONA’s proposal, Motor Centre decided to get involved as the plan ‘was very solid and ambitious.’
“I was pleasantly surprised when I got a call from a very delighted BONA president, Tebogo Lebotse, telling me that the national team had qualified for the world championships. I was impressed by the team’s achievements,” Dada said.
He added that when BONA approached them again this year to help them in their preparations, they did not hesitate to help.
“I know that as part of their preparations, the association would like to take the team on a training camp abroad and we hope the money will help them,” the Motor Centre MD continued.
Dada wished the team luck and expressed hope that they achieve their endeavor of making the top eight at the world championships.
Commenting on the ongoing tri-nations tournament, the Motor Centre MD expressed delight that it will grant the nation an opportunity to see the team play in their own backyard.
Meanwhile, the team’s captain, Portia Rasekhumba, has called upon the nation and potential sponsors to help and support the team. Rasekhumba says, as a team, they are thankful to Motor Centre’s continued support and they will do everything they can to make the country and sponsors proud. The team captain promised that the whole team will work hard to achieve all it has set to achieve at the world championships.