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Debswana cuts club funding

From what WeekendSport could gather, both clubs, although benefiting from the Debswana sponsors, are not receiving uniform figures.

Orapa United is getting P 2 million per season while Jwaneng Galaxy sees P3.5 million over the same space of the year. This effectively means Orapa United will get P600 000 per year while Galaxy will receive close to 1 million.

Usually, both clubs use the money for purchasing of players with a lion share consumed by settlement fees, commonly referred to as signing on fees. The two clubs depend heavily on Debswana, and much of their success pivots on the mining industry support. United has won three Mascom Top 8 title and one FA cup.

Galaxy, on one hand, has two top 8 honours. Both clubs are however, struggling to win the BTC championship but Galaxy are on pole position this season to try and remove the monkey off their backs.

Debswana decided to provide financial assistance to football after each region decided to group clubs to form one big team. Orapa United is made from five others clubs from Boteti region. Galaxy came into been after Jwaneng Comets united with other clubs like Debswana Young Stars.

To date, opinion on this meaning has divided into two camps. On the one hand both clubs are now a modern fairytale, evidence of the stridently jumbled brilliance of the Premier League and the redemptive power of sport.

At the other extreme both clubs success is something more grave, evidence of the chronic mediocrity of the Premier League. For the bigger teams, finishing second to both Orapa and Galaxy should be an indelible spot of shame. But no one can dispute that diamonds and love have built teams that have been swashbuckling since money stated to pour in

However, Orapa United when reached for comment denied the talk and treated it as corridor rumour.

There is nothing like that, I do not think your sources are right, it is a good as corridor talk, Kabo William, the media liaison of Orapa United shared. Efforts to reach Galaxy proved a futile exercise.

Galaxy remains the highest paying club in the country with their wage bill reaching P450 000 per month. This includes the technical stuff. Orapa United sit on third spot with a salary bill of approximately 400 000 while Township Rollers is on the second spot.

The cost cutting exercise as triggered by the sudden decline on diamond revenue amidst the spread of COVI 19 is feared to impact the clubs hard. Those close to developments pray that this remains a thought that should never see the light of the day.

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