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BPL teams boycott UB stadium


The University of Botswana stadium will continue to go unused this season. The UB management has hiked the stadium fees to P15000, and the teams, now feeling the pinch have moved to boycott the state of the art facility.


WeekendSport has learnt that, the teams are required to pay the P15 000 up front while 30% of the gate takings will also be paid to the university for the stadium’s upkeep. The 30% is however a requirement with all stadia across the country.


BPL teams, according to premier league sources have not considered the stadium as their alternative or home venue this season. Meanwhile, the National stadium has a conundrum of its own. Teams choosing the stadium as their home ground are forced to pay a fee of P7000 to cover Mascom advertising mainly to avoid hurting their headline sponsors, be MOBILE.

Mascom won advertising space at the western stand popularly known as Pandamantega and be MOBILE league clubs are forced to ‘face out’ Mascom branding during their live coverage. According to sources of the national stadium owners, Mascom is paying P24 000 for such advertisement every month.


However, the University of Botswana stadium sources maintain that the charges are relevant and are not in any way meant to cause tension with BPL teams or anyone who wishes to use the stadium. It is their sole view that the facility should be maintained time and again to keep it in a serviceable condition at all times. Their expressions nonetheless, fuel the long standing strife about big teams vs small ones.


It is in this light that the views of the management of the stadium seem to be reiterated by Mochudi Center Chiefs officials. The club that is defending the league believe that UB stadium is affordable and as matter of record, they have furnished premier league offices with a request to use the stadium as an alternative ground.


They contend that they are waiting for a report from the premier league regarding the condition of the venue. The team believes that the stadium is better suited for them than Molepolole venue when considering the distance.


“Mochudi Center Chiefs, as a matter of fact, has written to both parties (league and UB management) to enquire about the facility. We are waiting for official information from the league because we have been told that the stadium was still in a recovering phase,” Mogomotsi said.


Gilport Lions formerly known as BMC, although not at ease saying it believes the P15 000 is steep but have a wish of playing their alternative games at the facility. The team is eyeing top 8 finals and hopes to make history at the stadium in one of their games.


UB sports and recreation department could not field this publication‘s enquiry saying Raj Rathedi who is sports and recreation manager, is currently on leave.  


UB stadium has a capacity to hold 8 000 people and has been a comfort of some league teams struggling to make two ends meet. Premier league teams have shied away from the stadium since the national stadium became available. But their refrain, according to available information was two-fold: the stadium was still being rehabilitated and that the facilitation fees were sky-high.

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