Orapa United conclude their five-year plan in style this season by competing in the CAF Confederations Cup. United’s participation was confirmed the team’s management on Tuesday. Orapa United chairman Thatayaone Sithole said competing in a continental competition, especially at the pinnacle of African football has always been the club’s intention. Sithole said this is not only important for the people of Boteti but also for the professional growth of the players and the technical team. He said they are not going into the competition to participate but to compete for good results. “Despite going into the continent for the first time we intend to ensure that we compete, not just take part,” he said.
The team’s spokesperson Tebatso Hule concurred with the chairman, saying they have a strong team that is capable of taking on Africa. He said the team has proven its might against local teams and now it is time to take on Africa. Hule added that their participation in the confederations cup will be a great opportunity not only for the players but also for the technical team to learn. “This will be a very crucial time for the team to learn new things from their African counterparts,” he said. He said the team is ready and only waiting for the draw to be conducted and start the African journey. Orapa United’s CAF confederations Cup participation marks the team’s fulfilment of its five-year plan since it was formed. When it was formed one of the objective was to qualify to play in the African continent competition on the fifth year of its existence. The team was came to existence in 2011 when all Orapa teams were merged into one for better management and sharing of resources. Ever since 2011 the team has been able to attain each and every set objective for the said five years.
Orapa United’s participation at CAF, however, comes after speculation of whether the team will take part or not. The main reason that was given was the club’s economic status and the resources needed to be part of this journey. However on the backdrop of various engagements with stakeholders concerning financials a decision was made for the team to take part in CAF competition. The club management thank Debswana Diamond Company for their continued support. “It is Debswana’s continued support that enabled this to materialise. Their material and moral support to the team and sports in general cannot be overemphasized,” said Sithole.