The road to Thailand is paved blue and gold as Team Letshego – the reigning champions from the Stanbic Bank Super 5s League in Gaborone – will represent Botswana at the Football 5-aside World Cup (F5WC) in March 2016. The football squad comprising staff from Letshego Holdings Limited emerged victorious in the local league, thus qualifying them to be the first team representing Botswana at the international tournament. Letshego will sponsor the team, covering accommodation and travel, as Batswana rally to get behind the victorious squad intent on bringing the cup home. Fifteen players will travel as part of the team, along with six supporters, to lend passion and support in true Botswana spirit.
“We are incredibly proud of our boys for this phenomenal achievement, and are thrilled to see Botswana once again being represented on a global playing field, this time in soccer. In many ways, the world of football is similar to that of business – it takes dedication, skill, flawless execution, and passion,” said Letshego Financial Services Botswana (LFSB) CEO, Frederick Mmelesi. “These are qualities that lay at the heart of everyone at Letshego and it is therefore no surprise that they guide our football team. This is also an opportunity for others to see the important role sport can play in bringing people together, as well as championing physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, above and beyond that of financial wellness.”
The F5WC is a 5-aside amateur football tournament and sees the participation of 32 countries, each of which hosts a national qualifying tournament to find their best amateur football team to make it to the final. Qualifying tournaments took place from July 2015 to December 2015. In Botswana, these were held at the Stanbic Bank Super 5s Football Centre at Molapo Crossing in Gaborone. Amongst the most exciting things of making it to the finals is the exposure the winning teams will enjoy. Global Professional Scouts from the world’s top football clubs will be present, making this a truly remarkable opportunity for Botswana’s budding talent.
Mmoloki Njamela, captain of Team Letshego, said: “We are so proud of the team for the tireless work in reaching this incredible moment. It has been a long and fulfilling journey and we are now so excited to represent Letshego and indeed Botswana, with the full knowledge that we have the hopes and support of a nation behind us.” The team left on Tuesday. The World Finals will be broadcast live on television to over 60 countries as well as via live online streaming worldwide.