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BTC Charity Cup in limbo

Publishing Date : 20 May, 2019


The probability that the pre-season charity cup as sponsored by Botswana Telecommunications Cooperation (BTC) will not be played this year range from slim to none. This comes to the fore following recent boardroom wars between the sponsor and the custodian of the game, Botswana Football Association (BFA).

The charity Cup which usually features four teams was played last year on its first installment and was won by Gaborone United (GU). It is strongly believed that the sponsors are contemplating to pull out because of ‘lack of trust’ that has drastically grown thin between the two parties. BTC, when negotiating new terms for Botswana Premier League in 2017, agreed to simultaneously sponsor the tournament as a measure of commitment to BFA and the domestic game. But as the two are most likely to take separate ways, it is feared that the tourney will suffer a devastating blow.

When approached for comment, the Cooperate Communications and Public relations Manager of BTC Golekanye Molapisi says he cannot discuss contractual matters with third parties.  He however acknowledges that, “both BTC and BFA continue to engage each other on the way forward.”

BTC charity Cup was a replacement of the popular pre-season tourney Kabelano Spectacular Cup. But things have now taken a sudden twist at Lekidi Football Centre. It is said that the organisers of Kabelano Charity Cup are resurrecting to contact some Premier League clubs with the sole aim of staging another instalment of the cup.

However, the organisers of the BTC charity cup are reported to be in deep discussions on whether to stage the tournament. It is widely reported within BFA boardrooms that BTC has once expressed its disappointment after hosting the last years’ cup.   It was agreed that the organisers were to choose any charitable organisation where a certain percentage of gate takings were to be donated. It is clear this was not implemented in last year’s cup.

In the initial agreement, the tournament was to be played in July of the first two years while in the last year, the December date was chosen. According to the same arrangement, top four voted teams were battling out for the prize money on P 300 000.  P 1 million was set aside purely for other logistics and administration of the cup.

BTC has over the years, left a trail of lasting legacy with the local league. Although, time and again, the two parties battled misunderstandings regarding some certain terms and conditions of the past contracts, a common ground has always been reached for the betterment of the local game hence the need to spread wings to charity through football. BTC now clocks the 9th year working with BFA and the union is seemingly heading to a crushing end.



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