The most anticipated Mascom Top 8 Cup for the 2016/17 gets underway on October 28 at Francistown Sport Complex. Botswana Premier League acting CEO Thabo Ntshinogang said they are ready to get the tournament off the blocks. He said the tickets will be sold through Compu-ticket to avoid long queues at the stadium gates. The tickets will also be sold at Mascom stores around the country. Nine (9) of the 13 games will be televised. The tournament starts with Police XI taking on Township Rollers at Francistown Sports Complex. Orapa United will play Miscellaneous at Itekeng Stadium on October 29, 2016. This will be followed by Mochudi Centre Chiefs/Jwaneng Galaxy FC game at the National Stadium before BDF XI play Gaborone United on October 31 in Molepolole. The first game between Police XI and Rollers will be thrilling as Police XI will have to fight to make sure that they go past the preliminary stages while Rollers will come with guns blazing to fight to land their hands on the cup after losing at the finals to Orapa United last season.
Even though Miscellaneous were disgraced by Orapa United in a recent league game, they will put that behind to dethrone the Mascom Top 8 champions. BFA President MacLean Letshwiti said hailed Mascom sponsorship as a boost to football development. He said that it gives a sense of relief and joy to now be able to continue with the game of football given the turbulent times that football has found itself recently. “Events like the Mascom Top 8 are an encouragement to local football and we shall forever be grateful to the commitment that Mascom has shown to football even in the darkest hour,” he said. Letshwiti said commitment and unwavering support needs to be appreciated because it has been five years and as such as BFA they will make sure that there is order at their offices. He assured Mascom that as the new executive of BFA they will restore normality and order to football because big brands like Mascom deserve better.