Botswana Netball Association (BONA) has announced the second edition of the BONA SPAR Super Stars tournament. BONA President Tebogo Lebotse-Sebego said they are very delighted to be announcing the second edition because their scope of the tournament is to be player driven as opposed to focusing solely on the success of teams.
She said the tournament will be totally different from the format in the league where it is more about the team but rather this one will be more about individuals. “Its main focus will be on the player potential to show case their talent in the bid to reach highest potential in the game of netball,” she said. She said as BONA they came up with the model of play after an extensive benchmarking exercise with Singapore Super League as well as Brutal Fruit tournament.
Sebego said the first edition was a success and BONA has revised this year’s format in order to make the games even more competitive. She said it was a deliberate decision by them to increase the number of teams for players aged below 21 in an effort to increase the pool of talent available for Team Botswana as Botswana prepares to host the Netball World Youth Cup in 2017.
She said they will also use the tournament to further identify two teams to play against a visiting Singapore team scheduled for Botswana in November. She said that SPAR still remains one of their key partners in Botswana and women in sports as they will inject a total of P270 000.00 to cover the various administrative and project costs. SPAR will also provide for extras including, officials & players meals, medals and trophies, individual awards and branding and merchandise. The total sponsorship from SPAR is estimated at P300 000.00.
One of the local shining stars Tumisang Bagidi said she has been doing everything that she can to sure that she prepares for the tournament despite having to juggle that with school work. She said she tries by all means to have something that she does each day like jogging at least if she does not make time to go for training. She recognises the tournament as very inspiring because it urges them to push themselves harder. “Team mates always cover you in the league when you do not perform, but now with this tournament we are put on the spot,” she said. She encouraged the fellow players to prove themselves to the people that will be watching them which can definitely help their careers as professional athletes. She said she is focused and determined to work hard in the tournament that has started this weekend.