The Botswana Softball Association’s (BSA) annual independence tournament is clouded by uncertainty as prospective sponsors Komatsu Botswana, is not committing to the proposal.
The tournament which has been previously sponsored by Barloworld has been in difficulty after the long time partners Barloworld threw spanners of delirium to the association citing declining profits as the main raison d'être. This forced BSA leadership to knock go hunting for a new sponsor, ultimately landing at the door of the car parts dealing company.
However, the softball top brass is unsure whether the company will walk its promise and indeed sponsor them. Komatsu Botswana has since gone mum on them, and has not following shared with them the latest developments, meanwhile, there are barely two weeks till the Independence holidays.
“We are caught between a rock and hard place because right now we still don’t know what to expect from our partners but we are very optimistic that we will get something,” the association’s media liaison Kelebogile Seitei said.
This however has not demoralised them as the association will heed the “sponsor’s” call to continue with the eliminations next weekend where all the teams in both the north and south will lock horns. “We will nonetheless stage the eliminations while still waiting to hear from them,” the mouthpiece added.
BSA now appears as pawns used in a tricky chess game as they dance to the tune of the sponsors simply because they are desperately in need of money to host the tournament in Jwaneng, more especially that the sponsors are now dictating the terms of how the tournaments should be like.
According to those who are closer to the negotiations table, the company which is also a sub-sponsor for the annual Selibe-Phikwe softball extravaganza, has promised to support the tournament at the tune of P130, 000. In the past the independence cup was powered by P120, 000 and this year’s edition could see an improved support if at all Komatsu will come to the fore.
Although the Jwaneng billed competition sponsorship prospects are murky, the BSA have confirmed that this year’s edition will only feature the men’s teams as the sponsor has not catered for the ladies. With all this happening the question now is was the BSA insensible that the contract with Barloworld was elapsing?
Seitei said “Maybe we should take the blame because we were just relaxed, so this is a wake-up call for us. Next year we should plan on time for our events.” Other efforts by the Softball leadership to hustle for the ladies softball reportedly hit a snag, according to the leadership, for now “it is very late so the ladies will take part in the competitions only next year.”
This year has been a flourishing one for softball after hosting a successful Joy foundation tourney in April; they went on to stage yet another achievement in their inaugural lucrative Bofinet Softball league.
Their last competition was in Phikwe in July for the extravagant P365,000 sponsored tournaments. Meanwhile, the negotiations for the league are said to be on the brighter side as Bofinet is interested in bouncing back to the sport, BSA have promised that it is a matter of weeks before they unveil the new partnership.
After falling to close the gap on Arsenal by losing to a record breaking goal by Kane at the Tottenham stadium.Manchester City now find themselves being charged by the Premier League with more than 100 breaches of its financial rules following a four-year investigation.
According to BBC , it has referred the club to an independent commission over alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018 , and also that Man-city has not been co-operating since the investigation which started in 2018 .
BBC further states that The commission can impose punishment including a fine , points deduction and expelling the club from the Premier league.
The alleged breaches include , breaching rules for requiring full details of manager remuneration,from 2009-2010, to 2012-2013 seasons when Roberto Mancini was in charge . Also player remuneration between 2010-2011 and 2015-2016.
The Premier league stated that City breached rules related to UEFA regulations , including Financial Fair Play , from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018 ,as well as Premier League rules on profitability and sustainability from 2014-2016 to 2017-2018
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