A paper document arguing for amalgamation of football awards ceremony will not see the light of the day this season after Mascom Wireless company turned it down, insisting that they be allowed to stage their own. Mascom‘s account is that they still have a binding contract that the top 8 award ceremony will be under their jurisdiction. WeekendSport established this at the Mascom Top 8 awards ceremony held this past Monday at Gaborone International Convention Center (GICC).
“We have heard about this proposal, but it is difficult from our side to submit to it because we have a running contract with our stakeholders on how we will run our own award ceremony,” a source from Mascom company shared. It is however reported that all the other concerned parties have bowed to the idea, stressing that it is “noble and sensible.”
As it is now, they are 4 anticipated football awards ceremony held in a single season. One ceremony is powered by Mascom Wireless for the top 8; the other is sponsored by Botswana Telecommunication Cooperation (BTC) who are the title sponsors of the elite league while the third ceremony is held by the Footballer’s Union. The forth ceremony is held by Orange Botswana who are the sponsors of the famous FA cup. It is not proudly maintained whether Mascom will eventually succumb to the newly football pressure when their contract expires next year.
The paper document further states that, “one football award ceremony brings integrity and geniuses to the awards themselves.”It is also argued that sponsors stand to use less money in organisation for the event while more people will be invited at the same time. It is also argued that they will be sharing of notes by involved parties as far as adjudication is concerned.
To demonstrate that there is a major difference of notes in these ceremonies, former Township Roller gaffer Nikola Kavazovic once twitted that, “with all due respect to Mascom Coach of the season and BTC Coach of the season, this one is special for me since it comes from all players of all clubs. Thank you FUB.” He wrote this after winning FUB‘s coach of the season last year. Apparently FUB are the masters behind this amalgamation of awards ceremony document.
BFA chief executive officer Mfolo Mfolo when reached for comment said the association will be glad to welcome the idea. He said, “The move will be highly welcomed especially that the sponsors will learn to co-exist.” He also highlighted that it will be cost effective to host the awards ceremony under one roof simultaneously. Approximately, BTC is believed to be spending P 500 000 to host award ceremony. Mascom is also rumored to be spending slightly beneath this figure.
The Manchester United defender will now focus on his club career having made 93 caps for France, appearing at three world cups and on European championship. The Les Bleus won the World cup in 2018 and Raphael Varane started all but one of France’s matches in Qatar as they finished as runners up to Argentina
With many being of the view that the state of football in Botswana has deteriorated significantly as it is no longer appealing to the business community, this was a good week for the football community. The Botswana Football Association (BFA) leadership under the stewardship of MacLean Letshwiti secured sponsorship for a combined value of P19. 3 million for the FA Cup competition and the First Division league – both South and North.