The struggling Gilport Lions will soon breathe a sigh of relive following the signing of a three-year sponsorship deal worth P6 Million with Slim Holdings. The deal will see Slim Holdings injecting P2 million a year into Gilport Lions’ coffers.
Slim Holdings, Gilport Lions’ main sponsor, is a Construction and Transportation company of South African origin. The sponsorship is seen as a short in the arm for Gilport Lions as it comes at a time when the team is struggling at the bottom of the league. Currently at position 13, Kelesitse Gilika’s team has won only three games from the eleven they played. They lost six games and drew two matches.
When unveiling the sponsorship deal, Gilika said this is the beginning of new things for his team. He pointed out that their midweek 3-1 win over Jwaneng Galaxy prove that the team is slowly turning around. “We are now gearing up for wins and our midweek victory is the start of many to come,” said Gilika.
The confident and proud Gilika is optimistic that in spite the current league position his team will do well. He revealed that the team is set up to develop the boy child and the sponsorship will go a long way to help them achieve this. Gilika said they will soon start educational programmes for boys in Gaborone west as they care for the development of Youth.
The sponsorship saw Gilport Lions unveiling their new kits which they will be using in the 2015/16 season. For their home games they will be using a purple kit while the away kit is orange. Their alternative kit is pink. Gilika said they have made a pledge that whenever the team play in pink kit, the gate proceedings will be donated to the Cancer Association of Botswana.
Gilport Lions are managed by Business Profilers who run the day to day affairs of the club. For this Gilika, who owns the club together with his wife, believes that the club will be able to turn around.