Debswana Mining Company has splashed P6 million on the First Division League where the money will be allocated to three seasons with P2 million pula for each season. When handing out the cheque to Botswana Football Association (BFA) Debswana Managing Director Balisi Bonyongo said that they are happy about their continued relationship with the BFA and first division. He said that they are glad because the league continues to make positive impact around the country where they are able to turn so many dreams into a reality. “We are very proud that when you look at the youngsters that played football across this country in dusty playgrounds and we were and are still able to change that for kids in Mabutsane, Gantsi, Nhabe by grooming them into athletes that can play football anywhere in the world,” he said. Bonyongo added that they want to see these athletes that can take charge of football in the country and beyond.
He rather challenged BFA President McLean Letshwiti to turn BFA from a charity organisation into a sustainable business brand that will end up not relying on hand outs from companies for it to run. He said that the BFA should continue to develop the league infrastructure, coaching and refereeing in order to ensure visibility with a first division league brand that can attract sponsors which is very important for the development of football. BFA President McLean said that it is with great gratitude that they welcome the idea of being Debswana’s partner until 2019. “This relationship started in 2013 when Debswana first started sponsoring the first division league and they have over the years demonstrated sport commitment in Botswana,” he said. He said that the support by Debswana in sport is also evident through the two teams in the league from the mining town Jwaneng. He said that it is a privilege to have companies like Debswana which are still steadfast in sponsoring even though some companies have scaled down their sponsorship.
Debswana Chairman Carter Morupisi said that the athletes in the league will go through boot camps so that they can be taught more and be given skills. He gave examples of Kabelo Dambe and Mogakolodi ‘Tsotso’ Ngele who have benefited from the program. He said that as Debswana board they found it fit to approve the sponsorship because they want to develop the league t9o continue makinng stars. He also implored upon Letshwiti to come up with robust development programs that will develop stars. Chairman in The First Division South Samuel Keitirele said that the sponsorship has made great impact on the league, having added so much value. He said that they are happy because after they gave Debswana feedback about how they have grown since they partnered with them; the company saw it fit to sign another contract once again. “Since Debswana became a sponsor not a single match was cancelled and the sponsorship reaches all corners of the country,” he said. Keiterele said that they are happy because teams are now very competitive thus making the league very interesting. He said that soon they will call a meeting on how they will roll out the sponsorship.