With the Mascom Top 8 contract with the Botswana Football Association (BFA) having come to an end, the football fraternity has been curious on whether it will be renewed. This comes after reports that the sponsor was not happy about how the tournament went this year. It has been reported that Mascom was angered by the low turn-up of people at the games. Even after the final Mascom Top 8 match in Francistown, it was not clear that there were on-going discussions for contract extension or renewal. This raised even more concern that Mascom might pull out of the partnership. However, the BPL office has since shown the interest to have the partnership continued. After the final match BPL wrote a letter to Mascom indicating their wishes to have partnership continued. Botswana Premier League (BPL) CEO Thabo Ntshinogang told this publication in an interview that they have started negotiations with Mascom for an extension of the contract. Ntshinogang revealed that the two parties are back at the negotiation table for the coming season. He, however, could not reveal more details about the negotiations while remaining hopeful that an agreement will be reached between the two parties.
Mascom has been sponsoring the competition since 2011. The tournament has over the year seen tremendous growth with the masses getting behind it. The sponsors have been happy with the growth of the tournament until this season where there was poor attendance at the matches. The final of the 2017 Mascom Top which turned to be a history maker however revived the excitement for both the supporters and the sponsor. Multitudes thronged the Francistown to witness the thrilling encounter between Orapa United and Jwaneng Galaxy. Though the sponsor has been silent on the matter of Top 8 sponsorship, most believe that this spectacular match and the turn-up at the final of this year’s competition might have soothed the sponsor. They believe that this match may have sent a signal that the Mascom Top 8 competition is still worth it. By the time of going to print the sponsors had not responded to the questionnaire sent by this publication concerning the negotiation for the partnership.