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BPL, Mascom talk new terms

Botswana Premier League (BPL) is reported to have commenced negotiations of contract extension with long standing partners, Mascom Wireless. Confidential reports from the boardrooms of the two organizations indicate willingness by both parties to further work together in the changing dynamics of local football.


Mascom wireless, which powers the premier league Top 8 competitions is said to have written to the association indicating readiness to muse on possible new terms. Reports from highly placed sources say BFA in partnership with the premier league then proposed a contract of P10 million per season. However, those in the know say Mascom is willing to go as far as P8 million only. Whatever the final decision is, the new contract will see the sponsorship being increased from the cureent P6 million. The contract between the two expires at the end of this month (May).


Despite fears that there been doubts and misgivings regarding the relationship between the parties, sources are confident that the duo is well on their way to signing a new contract. The Mascom sponsorship, as expected, will continue to exert pressure on the back of title league sponsors, Botswana Telecommunication Cooperation Limited (BTC). It is widely believed that Mascom is spending more or less the same funds as BTC while only sponsoring 8 teams.


However, a thorough assessment of the situation springs forward a colourful picture about the intentions and wishes of the league house. There is information however unconfirmed, that  the board of governors are  deliberating opening dialogue with their other long standing partners to also increase their offers, or open a new chapter where a league would be powered by two sponsors. The belief, according to Gaborone’s Lekidi Football Centre is that the sponsorship packages should now be ‘too high to suit and grow’ the domestic game.


Mascom first powered the Top 8 tournament in 2012 at a tune of P7 million for two years with an option of renewing for a third year. However, Mascom has been the darling of the premier league for far too long. The cellular network giants first tasted football with the overall league in 2005, splashing 1.5 million over 3 seasons. Surprisingly, they could not renew because premier league introduced consultants who would negotiate on their behalf.


It was reported that at a time when the two parties’ contract came to an end, the premier league on the other hand bought an idea of starting to trade with consultants. In April 2008, a month before Mascom’s contract expired, the BPL inked a deal with their first and new consultant, Pula Sports Marketing. The company was co-owned by Ian Rely, a FIFA representative together with Bennet Mamelodi.


Reports further revealed that the deal was the best for Mascom as it particularly felt rather uncomfortable to deal with a third party after successfully negotiating with the league directly. It was said that the mobile company had irreconcilable differences with Pula Sports Marketing and as a consequence opted out of the then on-going talks of renewing.


It was reported that the company that first found its foot in February of 1998 and was willing to increase its sponsorship from 1.5 million to 4.5 million though the Premier League was looking for 5 million at the least. These whole developments are the reason that led to Mascom opting out, this publication understands. While that is now water under the bridge, the two parties have long kissed and made up as the 7th season is on the offing. Mascom Top 8 champions, in the previous two seasons were going home with P1.2 million.


This trust is said to be evident as the network company has been given the responsibility of holding finances as per the agreements of the contracts-the same procedure was exercised in 2005-08 season and will still be done in the Top 8 seasons.

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