Defending champions, Gaborone United (GU), intend to successfully defend the Gaborone City Cup, which will be hosted at Molepolole Sports Complex next Sunday.
The Reds won the maiden tournament at UB Stadium last year after beating Notwane in the final.
The one-day tournament, which features Township Rollers, Gaborone United, Notwane and guests, Extension Gunners, will be played outside the capital city this time due to the unavailability of the National Stadium and UB Stadium.
Gaborone City Regional Football Association (GRFA) have partnered with Gaborone-based Dirang Motors to host the tournament.
Speaking at the draw on Thursday morning, GU acting Communications Manager, Romeo Benjamin, said that he has no doubt that in the end, the Reds will once again be displaying the trophy at their offices in White City. Gaborone United entertains rivals Notwane in the second semi-final scheduled for 11.15am.
The ever-confident Benjamin believes that the tournament would grant new coach Elvis Chiweshe a chance to see his team in competitive game.
The Reds have recently brought in a number of players in Bakang Moeng (Uniao Flamengo Santos), Gaopatwe Seosenyeng (Township Rollers) and goalkeeper Noah Maposa from Mochudi Centre Chiefs.
But only Seosenyeng might make his debut for the Reds but it will be interesting to see how other players are settling under the new gaffer. Romeo further warned the opposition that there might also be other surprises on the day.
He further pointed out that they are not taking part in the tournament for money but to help Gaborone Region Football Association (GRFA) to raise funds.
“We’re in this tournament for a special cause and we hope the supporters will also come to these games,” he added.
The opening game between Rollers and Gunners might also give the spectators a glimpse of what is likely to happen in the coming season. Both sides have been busy in the transfer market trying to bolster their squads. Gunners are likely to give debuts to Boitshoko Zikhale (Santos), Alphonse Modisaotsile (TAFIC), George Mpuniki (GU) and Mandlaenkosi Sibanda (ECCO City Greens).
Gunners’ communications manager, Cassim Dada, said that whenever his side is involved, there is a lot of hype and is confident that thousands of their supporters would fill the stadium. He said his side would use the tournament to display the talent they have in their squad as they prepare for the CAF Confederations Cup.
“We’re taking part in this tournament to try help in developing sport in the country,” he said.
According to the organizers, negotiations are underway with Botswana Television (Btv) to see if they can broadcast the games live.
Entrance fee for the games is P20 and P10 for the children.
While the final will kick off at 5pm, the losers’ final is penciled for 3pm.