The highly awaited annual BMW Capital Motors Volleyball Cup is still on ice owing to prolonged negotiations which are said to be dragging between the Botswana Volleyball Federation (BVF) and the sponsors.
It is usually held during the Independence holidays but it has now been replaced by the inaugural beach volleyball that is billed for Gaborone on Saturday at Molapo Crossing.
Botswana Volleyball Federation (BVF) President Daniel Molaodi said the tournament was unlikely to happen this year but they are yet to finalise the nitty gritties of the tournament with Capital Motors.
“We have been told that the person dealing with the volleyball sponsorship is no longer with the company and they promised to delegate someone who would take over the issue,” said Molaodi
He was adamant that the negotiations would end on a positive note since the sponsors had never complained about the cup logistics or anything regarding how it was conducted.
“We have a meeting with them next week, when the said person (who is handling the issue) returns from South Africa and we are hoping for a fruitful outcome because our partnership with them comes a long way,” he added.
The Capital Motors Cup is a pre-requisite to qualification to the Africa Zone 6 club championships and Botswana has been dominating the region for years which has earned it a good ranking on the continent.
“We are powerhouses in southern Africa; we were recently voted into the Zone 6 volleyball executive committee that is made up of federation presidents in the region,” he said
Last year’s Capital Motors Cup was won by Mafolofolo in the women’s section while Kutlwano won in the men’s division.