Local soccer giants, Township Rollers Football Club and Stanbic Bank Botswana have unveiled a massive 3-year sponsorship deal worth P3.6 million. The sponsorship, which was launched on Tuesday, will run until the end of the 2018/2019 season. This amounts to a total of P1.3 million per season. Rollers president Jagdish Shah could not hide his excitement about the partnership, saying it will help the team grow in folds in the coming years. Shah said the partnership bring forth multiple opportunities for the team. “We are excited to have such a generous support from Stanbic Bank. This sponsorship deal will see Rollers grow tremendously in the next coming years,” said Shah. Stanbic Bank Head of Customer Channels Calistus Chijoro said the partnership with Rollers signifies an important milestone in local sport. Chijoro said for Stanbic this is an effort to promote sports development as well as play an active role of cultivating a culture of partnership and collaboration. “We are doing this because success is always determined by building good relationships,” he said. Chijoro believes that both Rollers and Stanbic can use the partnership to grow further in their field.
As the best professionally run team locally, Chijoro urged Township Rollers management to continue the good work they have been doing for the club to grow further. “Rollers have become synonymous to local football; you cannot talk about football in Botswana and not talk of the team. I urge you to continue doing the good job. I even challenge you to go even beyond the border of Botswana and conquer Africa,” he said. He said the aim of the sponsorship is to see Township Rollers progress even further in local and African football. The development of young talent and contribution towards the growth of football in Botswana in general is Stanbic Bank’s main objective. The bank has also been engaged in a number of sporting codes such as cycling and marathon. Some of the activities Stanbic Bank supported include the Gem Diamond Kalahari Cycling Challenge, Morupule Cycling Challenge and the Diacore Gaborone Marathon.