P180, 000.00 for newly launched Batanani Tutume football tournament
Come December 25th all roads will be leading to the Masoka United FC Play grounds for the commencement of the much anticipated and arguably the most organized and well sponsored social event in Tutume – the inaugural installment of the Batanani Tutume Football Tournament.
The maiden tournament, which is held under the fitting theme/tagline, ‘Tutume will never be the same again’ is expected to feature six (6) teams namely, the host, Masoka United Football Club from Magapatona Ward, Tutume Black Vultures Football Club and Highlanders Football Club, both from Selolwane Ward, Tjekeledza Sporting Club from Thini Ward, Tiger Boys from Madikwe as well as Young Strikers Football Club from Magapatona Ward.
Preparations for the tournament have been finalized and for the first time in the history of Tutume Village and surrounding areas, games will be played under the flood lights. Exuding excitement, the Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Mr Khumo Mmoloki, quipped “with the inception of the Batanani Tutume Football Tournamnet, the festive season in Tutume will never be same. We are ready to deliver one of the best tournaments in the Tutume area. On behalf of my committee I invite the people of Tutume and its hinterlands to come witness history in the making”.
Amongst an array of activities prepared as part of the buildup to these major event is the Miss Batanani Tutume beauty pageant which is expected to lure beauties from the participating teams to show case their talent in their quest to be crowned the first ever queen of the tourney. The Miss Batanani Tutume beauty contest will be held at Dark Inn on 23rd December 2016 from 1800hrs until late. A first for a tournament pageant, the event is generously sponsored by Bodibeng Building and Maintenance (PTY) Ltd at a tune of P10, 000. 00. Fit for a well-organized tournament pageant, the Queen will walk away P1,500.00 richer.
The visionary leadership of the Batanani Tutume Football Tournament has attracted the attention of one of the leading construction and civil engineering citizen companies, Cul De Sac (Pty) Ltd who are the Platinum Sponsors of the tourney at a tune of P180, 000.00 spread over three seasons. Associate sponsors include B.N. Construction (Pty) Ltd, Champs Botswana, Bodibeng Construction and Maintenance (Pty) Ltd, and Central Hardware and Building Material t/a Ketan Enterprises.
Expressing his appreciation to be associated with the Batanani Tutume Football Tournament brand, the Managing Director of Cul De Sac (Pty) Ltd. Mr Muyapo Machola said he was humbled to be part of this upcoming and progressive brand. He noted that his company will note hesitate to put the money on the table for brilliant initiatives such as the Batanani Tutume Football Tournament.
He further said sports play an important part in upbringing of youth, since its instill sense of responsibility to youth at tender age. He emphasized that the company will continue to give back to the community as part of its corporate social responsibility through worthy initiatives.
Having been successfully launched in Gaborone at the President Hotel on the 23rd November, 2016, the Organizing Committee has planned another launch in the morning of 25th December 2016 in the host village, Tutume. The events of the day will start with a motorcade which will begin at the Highlanders FC Football ground at 0900 hrs and proceed to “paint the rest of Tutume royal blue forever”, said Mr Mmoloki excitedly. The motorcade is planned to end at the host grounds in time for the formal proceedings that will end towards the first match kick-off time at 1400 hrs.
Mr Mmoloki invites the general public to come join in in the motorcade and also to throng the Masoka United FC stadium in large numbers to support social developments in their village. “What sets us apart from other festive tournaments is that we have mated social responsibility and empowerment strategies/principles to result in a legacy project whereby the gate takings will, over the years, be used to develop the playing grounds of the participating teams so that ultimately the tournament will be played on a rotational basis” confidently emphasized Mr Mmoloki. The Champions will receive a whooping P15, 000.00 prize money and a floating trophy. So much money, huh! If these plans come together, indeed Tutume will never be the same.
The mega transfer of one Thatayaone Ditlhokwe from Township Rollers to South Africa’s SuperSport United has left Gaborone United (GU) desperate for the ‘purchase benefits’ and the latter has consistently phoned Rollers to pay back their share for supposedly grooming the player.
Ditlhokwe, a former GU defender, was sold to SuperSport at an estimated fee of P 2 million late last year. When the sale was negotiated, and it was agreed that GU will receive at least 15% of the sale, sources say.
This therefore means Rollers has to pay GU P 300 000.
According to reliable sources, Rollers is yet to process GU’s benefits because SuperSport United is taking long to complete the transfer fee. However, Jagdish Shah, the financer of Rollers, is said to be ready to pay GU’s dues as soon as the time is right.
In any case, it is said the two clubs are fighting a boardroom brawl. Regarded as the fiercest cross town rivals, GU was incensed to lose Ditlhokwe to Rollers in the first place. The underlying scuffle, to date, is catalysed by misplaced documents and trust that has grown seriously thin between the two clubs.
It is said that GU cannot find the contract between Rollers and SuperSport so as to officially bill their claim. Sources put it that GU had written twice to Rollers asking them to forward a copy of the said contract.
In the first instance, it is said that Rollers cooperated and did as GU requested. However, GU is said to have lost the contract and went back to Rollers for another copy. Rollers according to sources then refused to budge. There are claims that GU is now stuck in one place.
Rollers media liaison Phemperetlhe Pheto said it is difficult to talk about contracts to third parties. He however implored GU to avail the contract for them to claim their fees without doubts.
“I am disturbed to talk about contracts of players to media but bear in mind that we cannot act when GU is failing to submit what they have as a proof,” he said.
When Rollers tried to sign Argentinean born gaffer, Rudolph Zapata, three seasons ago, GU fought tooth and nail to block him from joining the ranks of their number one enemy. They delayed to release his work permits accusing him and Rollers of sinister motives.
To this date, GU is livid that Rollers nearly paralyzed their camp when they recruited striker Tumisang Orebonye, defender Jackson Lesole and the very same Ditlhokwe, to offer them lucrative contracts.
Just a year ago, the fight between the two clubs almost took a nasty turn. It started when GU wrote to the Botswana Football Association (BFA) questioning the coaching credentials of Rollers former coach, Frank Nuttall, together with his assistants, Leutwetse Tshireletso and Zachariah Mudzazi. Then, GU was seen to be shifting posts when consistently asked to rectify the situation involving their coach, Pontsho Moloi. It was found out that Moloi was not fit to coach in the elite level according to the requirements of club licensing.
But as things stand, GU will count on the words of Shah, whom many football administrators label as a ‘man of integrity.’
Ditlhokwe signed a three year deal with SuperSport last year. The 22-year-old helped Rollers to lift the Botswana Premier League trophy in the 2018/19 season and was rewarded with a national team call up.
The Botswana international played an important role for his side in the 2019 COSAFA Cup in South Africa as captain, Ditlhokwe also helped Zebras finish 2nd in the tournament losing to Zambia in the final.
The Ministry of Youth Sport and Culture Development has agreed to refurbish the dilapidated Molepolole Sports Complex.
The development consequently means premier league teams and local clubs will not be able to utilise the facility in the upcoming season.
The stadium with a carrying capacity of 6 600, was earmarked by premier league rookies Masitaoka as home-ground.
The ministry has further revealed that the stadium will need a budget of about 5 million Pula to relay the turf and renovate a water drainage system that has worn out. The contractors are expected to commence work in the not so distant future.
The pitch surface is artificial and was first installed in 2008 at FIFA’s request and the presidency of Philp Makgalemele. In 2010, it was chosen as one of two host stadiums for the COSAFA Under-20 Challenge.
“We have funds to refurbish the Molepolole Stadium for two main projects; the relaying of turf and renovation of water reticulation system. The stadium will therefore be out of bounds when contracted companies begin their works,” the Chairman of Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) confirmed.
The Ministry of sport is further expected to file a communication with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Housing Development notifying them to start a monitoring exercise when the renovations begin.
The reconstruction of this stadium and others is however feared to coincide with the long intention of the government to improve sport infrastructure throughout the country.
Earlier this year, the sport ministry has also requested a budget of about P 33 million to renovate and improve the VIP lounge of Francistown Sport Complex, now known as Obed Chilume stadium.
The President of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Eric Masisi, said the government continues to improve sporting infrastructure as part of the grassroots sport development programme. He said this in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) two years ago.
This financial year, P50 million was allocated for the construction of 10 community sport facilities or mini stadia, around the country.
“These will be basic sport facilities for youth recreation, and will consist of boundary wall, an artificial turf, soccer pitch and changing rooms with ablution facilities,” he said.
The facilities are earmarked for Tonota, Mmadinare, Bobonong, Tutume, Kasane, Goodhope, Kanye, Rakops, Tsabong and Moshupa.
Enterprising midfielder, Dirang Moloi, is in talks with premier league rookies Masitaoka Football Club about possibilities of joining as a free agent, having last played for troubled Extension Gunners last season.
Moloi, touted as the best midfielder of his generation, is said to be ready to hang his boots but not before playing for Masitaoka, the promising outfit whose administration is now the envy of other premier teams, especially the older ones.
However, it appears that there is a stumbling block as Moloi is requesting for conditions that are beyond the club’s reach. Moloi, with a substantial premier league experience, where player wages are not always guaranteed, wants to partner with the club through his side businesses to make profit.
Sources say Moloi does not desperately yearn for a monthly salary, but wants some benefits as the club makes money through other means.
Operating as a football company, Masitaoka has plenty of sponsors and it is why Moloi wants a share of the profits for each replica jersey the team sells. He also wants the club to partner with his security company to further rake in profits rather than waiting on a meagre salary that is not certain especially during turbulent periods of corona virus. This, according to sources may weigh heavily on Masitaoka’s situation that consequently will collapse the talks.
All the while, it is said Moloi will no longer be a first-choice selection but Neslon Olebile, the team’s head coach, hopes that his personality and experience will serve to inspire the rest of the attacking options, most notably the younger players.
Masitaoka have always sought to have leaders in their squad, players who have won big games and can bolster the collective belief. Their hunger to sign Galabgwe Moyana in the next season is rooted in part, by what he could bring away from the field.
Moloi, some reports say may join partly on probation and eventually sign to play as the season goes on, but not to inspire, as he once declared he is about to quit Botswana football.
The club sources however say that there is no option built into the deal for him to join them with non- football conditions.
Masitaoka are however desperate for Moloi’s services and will want him to bring calmness and stability to a side that has begun to dream big. The Molepolole base outfit is eyeing a spot in the finals of Orange FA Cup. Once football resumes, the club will play against Calendar Stars in the quarter finals.
Moloi has won a handful of trophies and medals during his salad days at Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Township Rollers.