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Companies reject Sankoyo Bush Bucks

Publishing Date : 24 November, 2014

Author : JOSEPH KGAMANYANE


Tourism companies in Ngamiland are yet to accede to sponsorship proposals from Premier League debutants, Sankoyo Bush Bucks. The club management is finding it difficult to get a deal or two.

The club has hatched a desperate plan to coerce companies into sponsoring the club. An indaba featuring Chief Executive Officers of Ngamiland companies has been arranged and the Premier League CEO will be guest of honour.

Premier League is urging towards second leg but Ngurungu supporters are still hustling every weekend to ensure their club meets its expenses. The team management believes that companies are scared to invest in Ngurungu because it is still new in the Premier League and could be waiting to see if the club will survive.

“Companies do not want to risk investing in our team for now. They claim that they do not want to risk spending money on a new team. They are not certain if we will survive in the Premier League,” said club spokesperson, Thato Molosi.

Sankoyo management has written proposals to several companies in Ngamiland and most of the companies did not even bother to honour them with a response. It has also emerged that one-on-one meetings collapsed at the table.

The failure to secure sponsorship by Ngurungu has forced management to engage other partners who felt that Ngurungu management was failing to compile convincing proposal ideas that can attract sponsors.

A local businessman has been roped in to help scout for sponsors. It is expected that he will use his business connections to help attract sponsors to Sankoyo.

Suggestions are that big Ngamiland companies will be asked to pledge whatever that is within their means to help the club.

The focus is to bring mainly the Chief Executive Officers and owners of these companies to a meeting which will map the way forward for the club’s hunt for a sponsor.

Premier League CEO, Bernnet Mamelodi has also been invited to grace the event. The team believes that Mamelodi’s status as Premier League CEO will be able to convince some of the companies to sponsor Ngurungu.

Weekend Sports also understands that after their first round of bringing companies together the team will then plan for a huge event to be held at Maun Sports Complex. At this event the community at large is expected to make pledges towards helping the team.  

The public will be begged to support their local team with whatever they can afford. The two events that are scheduled for the first week of December are also reported to sensitize companies and the community on the importance and benefits of sponsoring their local team.

Sankoyo currently depends on monthly grants from Botswana Premier League; gate takings; micro donors; and their long time cash cow of some sort - Sankyo Community Trust.

CHAIRMAN’S RESIGNATION
Meanwhile Sankoyo convened a press conference recently in Maun to address burning issues in the club. One of the issues was the resignation of the team’s former chairperson, Mokolobetsi Pelekekae.

Pelekekae resigned a month ago amid allegations of tribalism that are reported to have polarised the team management. Allegations of tribalism were rampant in the team even before the Premier League days. But they have become more pronounced lately.

However the team management refuted such claims. They explained that Pelekekae resigned for personal reasons and there was nothing related to tribalism. They further stated that there were no misunderstandings between him and other team members.

Sankoyo management is of the view that the former chairperson could still rejoin the club and take the chairmanship when he has addressed his personal issues.  They believe that Pelekekae will come back to lead the team.

Pelekekae’s position has been filled on acting basis by his former deputy, Kebaabetswe Samakata. The Acting chairman lives in Gaborone.

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